Quick and easy no-bake Monster Energy Balls are a delicious snack. They make the perfect on the go breakfast or addition to your lunches when you need a sweet treat. Loaded with peanut butter, oats, protein powder, chocolate chips and Mini M&Ms.
These super easy monster energy balls are a new favorite around here! I’m always looking for more way to add protein into my kid’s lunch boxes, and this monster energy balls recipe has been a hit. I can make a big batch on the weekend and then pack one or two each day in their lunch kit. They also make for a perfect after-school snack too!
Sometimes, kids turn up their noses at the more healthy snack options. But I’ve found when they’re presented as something fun — like monster cookie balls or ants on a log — they’re more apt to go for it. These protein packed snacks have all the goodness of monster cookies, with way less sugar…and MUCH more protein.
Why You’ll Love Monster Cookie Energy Balls
- These are a low sugar and gluten-free treat! Since they’re sweetened with honey, the only sugar is from the M&Ms and chocolate chips, and maybe a bit from the peanut butter.
- With 6 grams of protein in every energy ball, these are a great way to keep yourself fueled between meals.
- This kid-friendly recipe is so easy — they could even make these on their own! They’re really that easy to make!
Ingredients for Monster Energy Balls
- Vanilla protein powder – You can use any brand of protein powder! Just grab your favorite and feel free to change up the flavor too.
- Honey – Raw local honey will have a better flavor, and you get the added benefit of all the nutritional and health benefit. But you can use any honey to sweeten this recipe.
- M&Ms – These candy coated chocolates add delightful color and crunch to these energy balls.
- Mini chocolate chips – Don’t use regular sized chocolate chips because it will make the dough too chunky. Mini chocolate chips mix in much.
- Oats – Oats are the main base ingredient for these energy balls. I love using oats in energy balls because they add a bit of protein and go with any and all flavors.
- Creamy peanut butter – If you try using crunchy peanut butter, just know that it may make the mixture too chunky to roll. Creamy peanut butter will make a smoother dough.
- Salt – Add a little pinch of salt to help balance the sweetness.
How to Make Monster Cookie Energy Balls
- Add old fashioned oats, creamy peanut butter, M&Ms, mini chocolate chips, protein powder, honey and salt to a medium bowl and mix well.
- Using a cookie scoop, scoop the mixture into individual servings and carefully roll them into balls. Each of the no bake monster energy balls will be about one inch in size. Place the completed balls onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
- Transfer monster energy balls to the refrigerator to allow them to chill for about an hour. They’ll need to set and harden a bit.
- Once chilled, transfer the balls to a zip top bag and store in the fridge or freezer.
How to Store Monster Energy Balls
I typically store finished monster energy balls in the freezer because they last much longer that way. But you can also store them in the fridge!
FRIDGE: Once set, transfer the completed energy balls to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
FREEZER: Place in a freezer safe plastic bag or airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw to a softer texture before eating.
Are Energy Balls Good for You?
It is really important to get plenty of protein in your diet! So, these protein packed energy balls are a great healthy snack for kids and adults alike. We even eat them as a an easy on-the-go breakfast! Whenever you need an energy boost or a filling snack, one or two of these protein balls will be great.
Can I add anything to these monster cookie energy balls?
If you do add anything, you may need to omit another ingredient so that the dough is not overloaded. Chopped nuts or cereal like rice krispies would be yummy. You could use peanuts or walnuts in place of the mini chocolate chips!
Pro Tips for the Best Monster Cookie Balls
- You can change up the flavor of protein powder if you want! Chocolate and peanut butter protein powder would both be yummy.
- Make each of the no bake monster cookie balls the same size so that they all fully set. If you make them too large it may be difficult for them to set and harden.
- If you are allergic to peanut butter, you can use another nut butter in it’s place! Almond butter and sunflower butter would both be really tasty.
I hope you love this monster energy balls recipe! Just a fair warning, the whole family is going to want them all week long!
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Monster Energy Balls
- 1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup honey
- 1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
- ½ cup vanilla protein powder
- ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ¼ cup mini M&Ms
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- In a medium size bowl mix all ingredients together.
- Use a cookie scoop to scoop the energy balls and then roll them into a ball. Place onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet. They should be about one inch in size.
- Place the cookie sheet into the refrigerator for 1 hour or until the balls are hardened.
- Transfer energy balls to a freezer ziploc bag and store in the freezer.