Two-bite Cashew Butter Protein Balls

1 cup old fashioned oats (NOT steel-cut, quick or instant oats)

⅔ cup cashew butter, no sugar added

½ cup cacao nibs

¼ cup your fave protein powder

2 Tbsp each: flax seeds (freshly ground if possible), hemp seeds/hearts

2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup


Combine all ingredients in a bowl, then place “dough” in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes.

Roll into approx 12 balls (two-bite sized).

Store protein balls in the fridge for up to one week – if they last that long!

Additional notes

  1. Any other nut butter will work, but use seed butter for a nut-free option.
  2. Vegan protein would work fine, but the texture is often “gritty” so whey protein may work best for this – look for high quality, organic & grassfed.
  3. Don’t be tempted to skip the relatively small amount of natural liquid sweetener as it offers a bit of much-needed carbohydrate for post-workout recovery AND it helps the dough to stick together 🙂