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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Balls [Clean, Vegan, Gluten-free]

It’s Recipe Redux time here on ….And A Dash of Cinnamon. I’ve got a simple 5 ingredient protein ball recipe for you that is clean, vegan and gluten free. So keep reading for the recipe and also for the other great recipes created from the childhood memories of my fellow Reduxers 🙂

oatmeal peanut butter protein balls and a dash of cinnamon

I’ll have to keep you on hold for more details about my trip because today it’s time for the Recipe Redux post! This month’s theme is as follows:

Stir up some of your earliest culinary recollections. Did you stand at your grandmother’s elbow to learn to cook? Or did you learn by stumbling through a cookbook by yourself? Share a healthy recipe and the accompanying story about one of your first cooking memories.

At first, I thought this was going to be an easy thing to remember and then create a recipe for. However, I was seriously wrong. Not only do I have trouble remembering clearly what my early recollections were, I also know I ate things back then that I typically no longer eat. Let me elaborate.

My first thought was my easy bake oven. Anybody else have one of those? Man I have fond memories of, in particular, pushing the dish into the oven with that weird half circle instrument. Problem 1. I don’t have an easy bake oven here. Problem 2. I pretty much only made pre-packaged brownies and cakes.

The first recipe I created when I was a toddler was what I had called “Rainbow Grits”. Basically, you made a bowl of grits and then swirl in Skittles. However, the skittles part won’t make the cut anymore for my recipes since I try to have my recipes be as clean as possible.

A lot of what I remember making myself came from boxes, or cans. Brownies, Funfetti cupcakes. Beefaroni. Toaster Pastries. Pop tarts. Instant flavored oatmeal. Very high processed stuff that I don’t stock anymore and don’t prefer to eat.

Other memories I have are these peanut butter oatmeal balls that I made in pre-school that I remember loving, scrambled eggs with my dad, pancakes with my dad. Granted the pancakes were from a boxed pancake mix, though.

So, I decided to go with the peanut butter balls. Pre-school is super early and I don’t think I ever actually made them outside of school from way back then. Besides, who doesn’t like a ball recipe? So, I figured I’d work with that idea and update it with ingredients I typically use on a regular basis and also clean! Of course I added a protein punch to it (if you’ve been reading my site long enough you know I LOVE adding protein powder to my recipes) to make it more satisfying.

Therefore, I introduce the new and improved oatmeal peanut butter protein balls! They have healthy fats, good carbs and a dose of protein to boot. Even better? No sugar added, they are clean and also vegan depending on your protein powder used.  If you’re looking for other great recipes from childhood, check out the posts below by my fellow recipe reduxers!

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Balls [Clean, Vegan, Gluten-free]

Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 17 balls
Author AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon


  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 T peanut butter
  • 1/4 t vanilla extract
  • few dashes cinnamon
  • 4 T water


  1. Add your oatmeal, protein powder and cinnamon into a bowl and mix

  2. Add the vanilla extract and peanut butter. With a spatula chop up the peanut butter to more evenly spread it through the mix

  3. Add your water tablespoon by tablespoon and continue to mix and fold until the mixture is able to be molded. You should have a nice block of mixture to work with and be able to pick up.

  4. Break off pieces of the block and roll into a ball. Continue to do this until all the mixture is used.

  5. Eat and enjoy! Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

  1. The amount of liquid you need will depend on how absorbent your protein powder is
  2. I make my own peanut butter, but if you use store bought please try to by one that doesn't have any added sugar

I link up with Deborah and Sarah’s, and running on happy’s/ the fit foodie mama’s Meatless Monday, #recipeoftheweek, Best of the BlogosphereHomestead Blog Hop,  glutenfreefridays,#healthyveganfridays,  What’s for Dinner, Sunday Fitness and FoodGraciousPantry

{ 24 comments… add one }
  • Hope March 3, 2017, 9:43 PM

    These look like such a great healthy snack to have on hand, I love it that they have no added sugar or honey! Anything with peanut butter sounds tasty to me – love the stuff! 🙂

  • Rachel September 26, 2016, 7:35 PM

    Yes I will eat these delicious balls of peanut butter!! And I totally miss all of that stuff. Hahaha.

  • Patricia @Sweet and Strong September 26, 2016, 2:30 PM

    I love having protein balls in the fridge for a quick snack or dessert. And omg the easy bake oven, totally had one of those, I only remember making chocolate cake though. Definitely wasn’t the healthiest eater then…..

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon September 26, 2016, 6:37 PM

      Yeah I need to get back into having a stash of them! I only remember the cake pan too. I feel like you should have been able to make more than just mini cakes

  • Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands September 26, 2016, 12:17 PM

    Such great memories! I can think of two, maybe 3 that I would have to recreate. If it was just cooking with grandma than there would be 2…. bread pudding and pickle roll ups.
    Thank you for linking up with us for Meatless Monday!

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon September 26, 2016, 6:39 PM

      Ugh my grandmother was an AMAZING cook. I wish I had had her teach me some things but she passed away before I was into this sort of thing :(. But I think about a lot of her recipes often. I should maybe try my hand at them

  • Annmarie September 26, 2016, 7:17 AM

    You can’t go wrong with PB protein balls! YUM!

  • Kimmythevegan September 25, 2016, 5:01 PM

    “I also know I ate things back then that I typically no longer eat.”
    Haha – I think most of us are in that boat ;p
    I love the movie Elf, it’s so funny & cute. And ahhh skittles. I used to love those.
    These sound really great! I love pb anything really. And these are healthful and would make a good snack. I like how they are sweetened with cinnamon.
    Thank you so much for sharing at Healthy Vegan Fridays! I’m pinning & sharing =)

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon September 25, 2016, 6:24 PM

      Lol, yeah I agree that many of us are probably in that boat. I love pb anything too. Actually, pb is one of my favorite foods haha. They are perfect to snack upon throughout the day and even better because they have no added sugar! yay! I appreciate you sharing the recipe! Hope you are having a great weekend!

  • rachel @ athletic avocado September 25, 2016, 9:39 AM

    these look so easy and delicious! Yum!

  • Helen at the Lazy Gastronome September 25, 2016, 9:22 AM

    Looks like a great eat while I’m driving weekday breakfast! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner Link up.

  • Courtney September 24, 2016, 11:40 AM

    These are full of some of my favorite things– and so perfect for a quick snack!

  • Jeri Glynn September 22, 2016, 10:58 AM

    I just made a batch to take to work…YUM….I love them. The Easy Bake oven really brought back fond memories!?

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon September 22, 2016, 7:01 PM

      Yay! I’m so glad they worked for you and yeah they would be perfect to snack on at work! Keep your eyes peeled because I have another ball recipe coming out in a few weeks that I bet you’ll enjoy!

  • Heather McClees September 21, 2016, 7:04 PM

    These look awesome! I love how simple recipes always taste the best. These would make great snacks or even quick breakfasts for kids and adults! 🙂

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon September 21, 2016, 7:28 PM

      They are perfect for snacking on throughout the day! Made ahead of time they could def work as a breakfast for- you are right!- kids or adults! I love simplicity 🙂 It makes things so much easier

  • Brynn at The Domestic Dietitian September 21, 2016, 11:52 AM

    Rainbow Grits…my 10 year old self would have been your best friend!

    Your early childhood cooking recollections sound similar to mine, anything candy I was all over.

    • AZ@...And A Dash of Cinnamon September 21, 2016, 4:56 PM

      Haha yep candy has dominated a large portion of my diet for a large part of my life. Not the greatest that’s for sure lol

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