One of The Best Healthy Snacks for Athletes: No-Bake Peanut Butter Pro

by Marina
10 servings
10 min

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When after-school activities follow right after school pick-up, you know the last thing you will want to pass your young athlete is a sugar-loaded donut. Healthy snacks for athletes don’t have to be boring.

  • Here are some preferred snacks for athletes: Nuts
  • Nut bars

WHY Peanut Butter Protein Balls?

This power snack is a family favorite. (My husband even requested we make a batch for our next road trip!)

Peanut butter is a great source of protein, is rich in heart-healthy fats, and is a well-balanced energy source.

It is one of those good snacks for athletes as it’s known to be one delicious way to encourage the building and repair of muscles.

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These are perfect for the kids to snack on before soccer practice, or as energy snacks for athletes on your teams during one of those long sport matches.

The last thing you need is to have your child munch on mindless calories.

This is good.

What makes these Peanut Butter Protein Balls even better is that they’re no-bake!

Add your choice of peanut butter to a marriage of assorted honey roasted nuts, semi-dark chocolate chips, steel-cut or old-fashioned oats, honey, and shredded coconut,

and you have a sure-fire winner!

My son loves making these as a post-school snack.

Preference-wise the kids enjoy old-fashioned oats over steel-cut any day.

Feel free to also swap RX Nut Butter flavors in your Power Balls and see which one your young athlete likes the best.

You can also use any other peanut butter brand too.

I just really like the RX Nut Butter Honey Cinnamon Flavor.

Pin this recipe to your favorite board and share this with families with active athletes at home, or even away at college.

Here’s the recipe:

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One of The Best Healthy Snacks for Athletes: No-Bake Peanut Butter Pro
Recipe details
  • 10  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 10 min
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  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup steel-cut or old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup regular or honey roasted cashews, almonds, walnuts
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut (dried)

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix till combined.
Place a sheet of wax paper on a plate and set aside.
Take 2 tbsps of the mixture and roll approximately 2 inch sized balls.
Place the ball on the wax paper.
Continue forming balls till the mixture is all used up. (You should be able to make 9-10 balls.
Serve as is or refrigerate for about an hour, to serve chilled.
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  • Erin Erin on Dec 03, 2021

    I wonder how they’d taste baked.

    • Marina Marina on Dec 06, 2021

      I've never tried baking this. I would assume they would become crunchier. :) Let me know if you do try.

  • C. D. Scallan C. D. Scallan on Dec 05, 2021

    Cashews, almonds AND walnuts? Or just one?

    • Marina Marina on Dec 06, 2021

      You could choose a mix of all three or even just one. I had an assorted nut mix that I used :)