These Clean Eating Vanilla Bean Peanut Butter Protein Balls are super easy to make and so addictive!
And with only 4 clean ingredients and a total prep time of about 5 minutes, they might just disappear as quick as you make them.
I got the idea to make these from a really simple snack idea I often resort to when I need a taste of something sweet and don’t have anything already made to snack on.
I’ve never posted it as a “recipe” because it really isn’t a “recipe” and you may have already made these before.
Basically you take a large medjool date, cut it in half, take out the pit/seed and fill the inside with peanut butter.
Talk about hit the spot!
And one is usually all it takes to satisfy my need for something sweet.
Well, these are the same thing…medjool dates and peanut butter, but with the extra nutrition of an organic vanilla plant-based protein powder and the indulgence of vanilla bean powder.
Another good thing about them is you can easily substitute the peanut butter with almond butter, cashew butter or your favorite nut butter.
Even though these only have 4 ingredients, they can still end up being bad for you if you don’t use clean ingredients.
Non-organic peanuts/peanut butter can contain up to 8 different pesticides and the ingredient list in a jar of store-bought peanut butter can contain the following ingredients:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) JIF Creamy Peanut Butter Ingredients:
Ingredients: Peanuts Roasted, Sugar, Contains 2% or less of the following: (Molasses, Vegetable Oil Partially Hydrogenated (Soybeans), Vegetable Oils Fully Hydrogenated (Rapeseed, Soybeans), Mono and Diglycerides, Salt (source)
FoodFacts.com Rating: “F”
It’s basically a jar of pesticides, GMO’s and unhealthy oils.
These protein-packed peanut butter balls are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, no-bake, contain no refined sugars and can be paleo or nut-free if you substitute the peanut butter.
Want more healthy truffle and ball recipes? Check out Cacao Nib Superfood Truffles, Pistachio and Matcha Truffles, Crunchy Raw Protein Balls or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating truffle and ball recipes you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Peanuts (Peanut Butter):*
- excellent source of vitamin E
- high in folate
- contains tryptophan which helps fight depression
- good source of fiber
- excellent source of vegan protein
5 Fast Facts About Epic Plant-Based Protein:*
- organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO
- contains 19 grams of ultra-clean plant-based protein per serving
- one serving contains 10% iron
- contains 7 organic superfoods
- multi-source protein with a complete amino acid profile
5 Fast Facts About Medjool Dates:*
- natural energy booster
- high in iron content
- rich in potassium
- good source of dietary fiber
- excellent source of vegan protein
5 Fast Facts About Vanilla Bean Powder:*
- high in anti-oxidants
- can help reduce inflammation
- contains small traces of minerals
- 1 teaspoon contains 3 g of protein and 3 g of fiber
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tip #1: I like to use homemade peanut butter, but feel free to use store-bought peanut butter (but organic – to avoid pesticides).
Tip #2: My favorite raw/vegan plant-based protein powder is Epic Plant-Based Protein (Vanilla Lucuma), but feel free to use your favorite brand (1 tablespoon).
Tip #3: I prefer to use vanilla bean powder (especially in raw recipes) but feel free to use vanilla extract (1/4 teaspoon). Just keep in mind it may have a slightly different taste because of the alcohol in the extract.