Looking for a quick, healthy snack? These snickerdoodle protein balls take only 10 minutes to make and satisfy your sweet tooth cravings but are made with only healthy ingredients!

Energy bites are a frequent snack in my family since they taste like a treat but are healthy! Try my oatmeal raisin energy balls or my chocolate peanut butter protein bites — which taste like healthy no-bake cookies, honestly.

Snickerdoodle Energy Bites rolled into balls, sitting on a white plate with the closest one with a bite taken out of it.

Why This Recipe Works

You’ll love this recipe because of the healthy ingredients! There’s nothing like finding a dessert option that isn’t actually a dessert. We use almond butter and Kodiak power cakes mix as our base — which are great sources of healthy protein and whole wheat. But it doesn’t stop there. We don’t use any refined sugar in this recipe — only natural maple syrup, which has way more nutritional benefits than refined sugar.

These healthy ingredients are the makings of these delicious snickerdoodle power balls.

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients used to make snickerdoodle bites.
  • Kodiak Cakes power cakes: Using this as the base of the protein balls is much better than regular flour because Kodiak uses whole grain and protein in their mixes.
  • Almond butter: The almond flavor is a great flavor pairing for the classic snickerdoodle cinnamon flavor and gives us an additional healthy protein. The almond butter will help bind the mixture together to create the balls.

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in a large bowl.
A glass bowl full of ingredients used to make Snickerdoodle Energy Bites; almond butter, maple syrup, protein powder, cinnamon, and kodiak cakes mix.
  1. Mix ingredients until fully combined. If the dough seems a tad dry, add a splash of water.
Snickerdoodle Energy Bites batter in a glass bowl against a white background.
  1. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop the dough and roll into balls. Then chill.
A small cookie scoop dipping into Snickerdoodle Energy Bites batter.

Recipe Tips

Add a splash of water or maple syrup if the snickerdoodle protein ball dough feels too dry. You want the dough moist enough to hold the ball shape but not too wet that it isn’t firm.

Chill in the fridge for 15-20 minutes before transferring into a bag or container for storing. Store in the fridge for 7-10 days.

To freeze: place the balls in a freezer-safe ziplock bag and store in the freezer for 2 months. You’ll want to thaw them before biting into them.

A white plate full of brown Snickerdoodle Energy Bites against a light gray background.

FAQs

Are protein balls bad for you?

As with everything, balance is key. Protein balls are a great snack or dessert option when you are looking for something that tastes sweet but isn’t pure dessert. The protein, whole grain and almond butter in this recipe are great foundations for a healthy snack.

What makes a snickerdoodle a snickerdoodle?

A classic snickerdoodle cookie is similar to a sugar cookie and rolled in a cinnamon sugar mixture. These snickerdoodle energy bites are reminiscent of snickerdoodle cookies because of the cinnamon flavor.

Why aren’t my protein balls sticking together?

As mentioned in the recipe, if you’re having a hard time getting the protein balls to stay rolled in their spherical shape, add a splash of water. Adding more moisture will help the dough stay in its rolled form.

What are protein balls made of?

Protein balls are traditionally made of a nut butter (such as almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, etc.), protein powder, a healthy sweetener (such as agave, honey, real maple syrup, etc.) and some form of grain or starch (such as oats or, in this case, Kodiak pancake mix).

A white plate full of Snickerdoodle Energy Bites, with a bite taken out of the middle energy ball.

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Snickerdoodle Protein Balls

These cinnamon loaded energy bites are a delicious and healthy snack to enjoy any time of day!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 30 energy bites

Ingredients
 

  • 3/4 cup almond butter - make sure to mix the almond butter well before using
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup Kodiak cake mix
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • In a medium sized bowl combine the almond butter, syrup, protein powder, kodiak mix, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  • Mix until combined.
  • Portion into bite sized balls (I use a 2 tsp sized cookie scoop). Chill in the fridge for 15 minutes and then transfer to an airtight container or ziplock bag to store. Keeps for 7-10 days when stored in the fridge.

Notes

If the dough seems quite dry you can add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup or a splash of water to help moisten it. 
To freeze: place the balls in a freezer-safe ziplock bag and store in the freezer for 2 months. You’ll want to thaw them before biting into them.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 71kcal (4%)Carbohydrates: 7g (2%)Protein: 3g (6%)Fat: 4g (6%)Saturated Fat: 1g (5%)Cholesterol: 3mg (1%)Sodium: 29mg (1%)Potassium: 64mg (2%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 4g (4%)Vitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 35mg (4%)Iron: 1mg (6%)
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
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Recipe adapted from Clean Simple Eats.