Snickerdoodle Protein Balls
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.
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.
- 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.
- Combine ingredients in a large bowl.
- Mix ingredients until fully combined. If the dough seems a tad dry, add a splash of water.
- Using a small cookie scoop, scoop the dough and roll into balls. Then chill.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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Snickerdoodle Protein Balls
- 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.
Recipe adapted from Clean Simple Eats.