3-Ingredient banana and oat protein balls! They are naturally vegan, gluten-free, and only 51 calories (3 grams of protein) each. They are fast and easy to make, too.
I debated whether to include this on the blog, because it is such a simple concoction. But in the end, I decided that that’s precisely why I wanted and needed to share. Some of the best recipes are the simplest.
I have been making a variety of no-cook, overnight oat combinations for breakfast and snacks when it struck me: why not make something similar, but in handheld form? Like, for example, some energy balls.
Why not, indeed!
After some testing and tweaking, I settled on a winning combination/ratio of ingredients. It requires just 3 ingredients: very ripe bananas, rolled oats, and vegan vanilla protein powder.
You can eat these plain (my son and husband like them best plain), but you can also roll the finished balls in any number of chopped ingredients, such as cacao nibs, shredded coconut, matcha (green tea powder), cocoa powder, or chia seeds.
Be sure to use very ripe bananas (i.e., lots of brown spots on the peel); they will be very sweet and very wet when mashed (which is what you need when mixing with the dry ingredients).
- 1 large, very ripe banana
- 3 tablespoons water (more , as needed)
- 1 and ¾ cups quick-cooking rolled oats (certified GF, as needed)
- ⅓ cup vnailla vegan protein powder (I used Vega)
- Optional (for rolling):
- *matcha (green tea powder)
- *unsweetened cocoa powder
- *chia seeds
- *cacao nibs
- *unsweetened flaked coconut
- *finely chopped goji berries or other dried fruit
- In a medium bowl, mash the banana into a puree using a fork. Add the water and oats. Mash and stir the mixture together until it becomes a cohesive paste. Stir in the protein powder.
- Shape into 1 inch balls (I use a small cookie scoop). If desired, roll in any of the suggested toppings.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.