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Family Road Trip Snack: Peanut Butter Protein Balls

PB Protein balls
I don't know about you, but I've already been on five road trips this year. And I still have at least two more planned. I think I've found the best family road trip snack -- a Peanut Butter Protein Ball that pleases everyone (practically guaranteed). This snack is sweet, packed with flavors most kids and adults love, has enough protein to stave off hunger, and is easy to make and travel with. Come check it out! [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="24341"]
A family road trip snack that pleases the sweet tooth
Peanut Butter Protein Balls are sweet, but not because they are loaded with processed sugar. These are made with honey. Depending on the brand of peanut butter you use, there may be a small amount of sugar in the peanut butter. But you can make these protein balls with natural peanut butter, and you'll never miss the added sugar! [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="24337"]
Family-friendly flavors
Peanut butter and honey are proven to be kid-friendly flavors, but what about adults? Because these protein balls aren't overly sweet, this adult (namely me) really enjoys this mix of flavors. The vanilla protein powder and ground oats add flavor as well. Great combination! I've maded these protein balls for many events -- adult church refreshments, family gatherings, and even youth camping trips. They're always a winner! (And there are never leftovers!) [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="24338"]
Protein has lasting power
Making a family road trip snack that can keep everyone from getting too hungry and begging for unscheduled food stops is a must! Peanut Butter Protein Balls pack over 4 grams of protein in each bite-sized ball. Eat one or two and you will be satisfied. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="24340"]
So easy to make
It might take you longer to get out your ingredients than it does to mix up these easy Peanut Butter Protein Balls. Well, maybe not, because there are only five ingredients. But my point is, it won't take you long. Simply dump the ingredients into a large bowl, combine them in a minute, and shape the "dough" into bite-sized balls. There's no baking and no use of mixers or food processors, either. You can store them in the refrigerator until travel time, but they don't have to be kept cold. I put mine in the frig so they don't get eaten up before we leave! (Don't worry -- the recipe is at the end of this post, I promise!)
Making the best of your family road trips
We all know it'll take more than great snacks to keep your family happy on a road trip. If you want to know how I've learned to please the kids, read Road Trip--Keeping the Kids Happy! There you'll find ideas for entertaining your children, including a few free printable games. Or find out how to plan for your toddlers at Toddler Road Trip--Crazy or Do-Able? And if you'd like to know my favorite road trip ever, read:  A 3-Day Big Sur Road Trip You Can Duplicate. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="24354"] My goal is to make family road trips something you look forward to and do often. We live in a wonderful world that needs to be explored, and road trips are probably the most affordable way to travel. Enjoy your family road trip snacks, the sights you see along the way, and all the great memories you'll be making! family road trip snacks
Difficulty Beginner
Prep Time: 15 mins Total Time: 15 mins
Calories 90 calories per ball
Best Season Available

1 cup oats (ground)

1 cup creamy natural peanut butter

1/2 cup honey

4 scoops vanilla protein powder

2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring or extract

Optional add-ins:

1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips or coconut flakes

  1. Instructions

    Combine all ingredients into a soft dough. If too sticky, you can add more ground oats or more protein powder, just until no longer sticky. Form balls about 1.5" in diameter. Place on a platter or in a plastic storage container. You can add mini chocolate chips by dipping ball into chips or by mixing them into the dough before forming balls -- same with the coconut flakes if you decide to add them. Refrigerate to harden, but these balls are not required to be kept cold.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1

Servings 35

Amount Per Serving
Calories 90kcal
% Daily Value *
Protein 4.3g9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Calorie count of 90 calories per protein ball includes mini chocolate chips. If you leave out the chocolate chips, the peanut butter protein balls are only 78 calories each.

Keywords: protein balls, peanut butter protein balls, kid-friendly snacks, easy to make