No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel PROTEIN Balls Recipe

No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel PROTEIN Balls Recipe
Written by The Protein Chef

As I was going through my recipes I realized that we have more than a handful of high protein ball recipes for lunch and dinner but we don’t have nearly as many for dessert. Today we fix that with these Peanut Butter Pretzel Protein Balls!

These protein balls only take a few minutes to prep, you don’t need an oven to bake them, and they pack some serious energy!

Start this one off by processing 1 cup of rolled oats. You could process it into a flour but I prefer it to have some oat texture to it. Did you know you can make homemade oat flour this way too?

If you don’t have a food processor either, a blender should work if it’s powerful enough. If you need a cheap food processor, check this one out here. I’ve had it for YEARS!

Next, add into a bowl your oats, 6 ounces of a reduced or fat free cream cheese, 4 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder, 1 tablespoon of a sweetener, 5 crushed up chocolate covered pretzels, and 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum to help keep everything together.

Mix those up until your protein ball mix is kind of…clumped together. It shouldn’t be sticky!

Make Your Protein Balls

Use that mix to shape your balls however big you want them, I usually make a couple different sizes. Finish them off by pressing into them a single chocolate covered pretzel or whatever else you want.

You could also throw them in the fridge to harden up a bit but they taste great as is. The choice is yours!

As for taste? They taste like a mini chocolate candy bar dipped in peanut butter. Delicious!

These peanut butter protein balls are packed with healthy fats and complex carbs. Complex carbs are slow to digest so they’ll keep you going for longer!

A couple tips?

  • If you want to lower the carbs a bit you could use either almond or coconut flour.
  • If you’re aiming for these to be keto friendly, shoot for full fat cream cheese and use erythritol for your sweetener.

Yes, we’re using chocolate covered pretzels. These would typically be considered not the best for your diet but we’re using them in moderation. If you’re only eating a couple of something (in this case 20 to 40 calories per ball) it’s completely fine.

You don’t need to completely remove every single food you like just to reach your goals. That, in my opinion, is unrealistic and also unhealthy. Have balance and this “lifestyle” will be way easier as well as more enjoyable for not just you but everyone else around you too!

Like these balls? Try our DELICIOUS Protein Cheesecake Balls next!

No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel PROTEIN Balls Recipe
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Pretzel No Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Peanut Butter Pretzel Protein Balls that are PACKED with energy! Complex carbs, healthy fats, and over 10 grams of protein in every ball.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: energy balls, no bake balls, peanut butter balls, protein balls
Servings: 10
Calories: 145kcal
Cost: $3.10


  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats 80g
  • 6 Ounces Cream Cheese 180g Full, Reduced, or Fat Free
  • 6 Ounces Peanut Butter 96g
  • 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder 10g
  • 2 Scoops Protein Powder Chocolate!
  • 1 Tablespoon Sweetener
  • 5 Pretzels Chocolate Covered
  • ¼ Teaspoon Xanthan Gum


  • Process/blend your Rolled Oats a bit (I like to leave them with some texture but you can turn them into flour if you prefer)
  • Crush up your Pretzels
  • Mix everything together until clumpy
  • Shape your balls
  • Press in whatever you want, like another Pretzel



Throw them in the fridge for 20-30 minutes and they’ll harden up!
Calories in the whole recipe:
  • Calories: 1455
  • Fat: 59g
  • Saturated Fat: 14g
  • Sodium: 1402mg
  • Carbs: 122g
  • Fiber: 16g
  • Sugar: 39g
  • Protein: 109g
Calories in each serving (if you make 10 balls):
  • Calories: 145
  • Fat: 5.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.4g
  • Sodium: 140.2mg
  • Carbs: 12.2g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Sugar: 3.9g
  • Protein: 10.9g


Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.2g | Protein: 10.9g | Fat: 5.9g | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | Sodium: 140.2mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 3.9g
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The Protein Chef

Derek Howes is a personal trainer and chef with over a decade of experience in the gym and kitchen. Derek, who is also known as The Protein Chef on his blog and YouTube channel shows his viewers every week that food doesn’t need to be boring or repetitive, it’s all about balance, moderation, and having the knowledge to change things up. His recipes which have been featured in the news, magazines, and on TV are cheap, quick, AND delicious! His motto in life is “everything in moderation” and is without question the most important habit he follows.

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