This easy recipe for low carb peanut butter balls made with protein powder makes a great after school or ketogenic snack when you an energy bite.
I grew up on the 70’s when being “crunchy” was the new thing. My first and second grade combined classroom had a cooking rotation every week. We made things like friendship salad, friendship soup and peanut butter balls, which were made with peanut butter, non-fat dry milk, and honey. I loved them!
I frequently make these low carb peanut butter balls for my kids. They are a fast and easy recipe the whole family loves.
Low Carb Peanut Butter Balls Recipe
Today I’m sharing an easy low carb snack recipe that is completely sugar-free – peanut butter balls. The original 70’s recipe needed some updating for my low carb lifestyle. Since powdered milk contains a lot of sugar, I swapped it with whey isolate protein powder. My favorite brand is Isopure which has zero carbs. I get the plain because I can use it in savory applications, too.
To make the low carb peanut butter balls, I simply mixed peanut butter and plain whey isolate protein powder (I like Isopure Zero Carb) together and sweetened to taste with Stevia glycerite.
Stevia glycerite is one of my favorite sweeteners. It’s a thick viscous liquid form of stevia that I don’t find bitter. Because it’s so concentrated, a bottle will last me a year, making it a smart purchase for my baking needs.
These low carb peanut butter balls are very easy to make and they are even easier to eat! They are nutritionally dense, so make sure to remember the carbs per ball before over indulging. My kids love popping a couple of these as an after school snack. Of course I triple the batch.
Use any nut butter you like. Thinner nut butters will require more whey protein or you can add some unsweetened dessicated coconut.
Flavored protein powder is fun. I prefer vanilla or chocolate.
Cocoa powder or cinnamon can be added to the recipe.
They are soft so keep them in the refrigerator. Sometimes I roll them in chopped nuts and to be fun in sprinkles for the kids.
Low Carb Peanut Butter Balls are 1 net carb each.
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Low Carb Peanut Butter Balls
- NOTE: Depending on the brand of peanut butter and protein powder you use, you may need LESS protein powder. Start with adding half, then continue adding until a nice consistency is achieved. It will be firm enough to roll into balls, but soft enough that they will squish down a little when stacked on top of each other. Some protein powders are more chalky than others. I like Isopure zero carb whey protein isolate. There will be a slight crystalline feel to the protein balls when you bite into them.
- Add the ingredients to a medium bowl and mix (knead) together with a rubber spatula until thoroughly combined.
- Pinch-off walnut sized portions of the dough and roll into balls.
- Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 10 days.
- ADD: Cinnamon, cocoa powder, extracts and flavorings, nuts, coconut, seedsROLL-IN: Crushed nuts, seeds, shredded coconut, chocolate sprinkles (for kids)FLAVORED PROTEIN POWDER: Use any flavored protein powder you have that would taste great with peanut butter. Additional sweeteners can be omitted.DIFFERENT NUT AND SEED BUTTERS: Depending on the consistency of alternate nut butters, more or less protein powder may be needed to get a less sticky dough-like consistency.