My Easy Keto Protein Balls are made in just a few minutes with a few simple ingredients you already have on hand. These low carb keto gluten-free cinnamon protein balls are an excellent dessert, snack, or grab-and-go breakfast for busy mornings.
Hiya everyone! This is Lindsay again from over at That’s Low Carb and today we are bringing you a recipe for peanut butter protein balls I've been making these past couple of months for a quick on-the-go snack.
I have a hard time having enough time in the morning. I find myself running around the house every morning almost late for my spin class. Therefore a quick portable breakfast on the go is almost mandatory these days. These Cinnamon Protein Balls are perfect! They taste like cookie dough and mix up in minutes.
If you make a lot of keto recipes you probably have all of these already!
- Peanut Butter - You can opt for any nut butter you would like. Peanut Butter is just what always have on hand in our home. Double-check that it's a keto peanut butter without added sugar. For a milder flavor to let the cinnamon really shine through sub in almond butter for the peanut butter.
- Almond Flour - We make our Keto Pancakes every single weekend so having almond flour stocked in the kitchen is a must.
- Powdered Erythritol - You can completely omit this and replace it with additional almond flour if you wish. I like just a tad bit of sweetness myself.
- Then just two spices - Cinnamon and Salt!
(Note: Scroll down to see the exact measurements you need for each ingredient)
How to Make Keto Protein Balls
Just a few ingredients whipped together and you'll be traveling along on the go with a few perfect energy and protein-packed low carb protein balls aka cinnamon bites. They are no bake, don't need a food processor, and also don't need hard-to-find keto maple syrup like many other recipes.
Once you stir everything together you want it to form a ball as you see below. Then, just form the dough into balls. That's it!
Variations & Flavors
The possibilities are endless with the simple combination of nut butter, almond flour, and sweetener. Want chocolate coconut protein balls? Mix in some cocoa powder and coconut. Apple spice balls? Mix in apple pie spice and maybe even a tiny bit of diced apple. Here are some of our favorite options:
Sugar Free Chocolate Protein Balls - replace a tablespoon of the almond flour with cocoa powder and/or mix in some sugar free chocolate chips.
Pumpkin Spice - replace the cinnamon with a pumpkin spice blend for a fall twist. Add in some vanilla extract to boost the flavor.
Coconut & Nuts - mix in some shredded unsweetened coconut and chopped nuts to turn these into keto energy balls.
Sunflower Seed Butter - for a nut-free option simply sub in sunflower seed butter and sunflower seed flour for the peanut butter and almond flour. Cashew butter can also work if you'd prefer to use that.
Now I find that the dough is just a tad soft if you use all-natural peanut butter. We use the peanut butter that has to be stirred every time to stir the oil back in. So depending on the type of peanut butter or nut butter you use you may have to chill the dough.
Allowing the dough to sit for 30 minutes I've found gives the almond flour enough time to 'soak' up the oils as well.
I've used almond butter before and it also worked wonderfully. If for any reason you find the dough to be too soft for your liking simply adding 2-3 Tablespoons of your favorite protein powder would be a lovely addition. Using peanut butter protein powder would really kick up the peanut flavor or choose a milder flavored vanilla whey protein or egg white protein powder.
And that is how these gluten free Cinnamon Roll Protein Bites have solved my hectic morning problem. One less thing to worry about and eating on the go. These are perfect for the morning and then I love to make a batch of our Low Carb Peanut Butter Balls or the Keto Peanut Butter Balls here at Joy Filled Eats for a nighttime treat. Welcome to an insight into my life. I love these types of recipes SO MUCH.
- In a big bowl mix together all ingredients together.
- Roll into 12 bite-sized balls. If the batter is too sticky to roll chill it in the fridge for 30 minutes and try again. Sprinkle with a little bit of additional cinnamon, if desired.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
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