Sweet, salty, crunchy and chewy – the ultimate flavor/texture combination, in protein ball form! Here is a recipe for my easy, no-bake, 5-ingredient Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Collagen Protein Balls with Pretzels
Here’s why I love this recipe
- easy to prepare, and only takes a few minutes
- made with healthy ingredients
- high-protein and high-fiber, so it’ll keep you fuller longer
- low calorie and low carb, to support your weight loss goals
- the best dessert alternative & post-workout snack
Ingredients used to make these Peanut Butter Collagen Protein Balls
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- Collagen Peptides – I used Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Powder for this recipe. You can use other brands of collagen peptides and get the same result.
- Collagen peptides protein powder is the key ingredient that gives these protein snacks their characteristic cookie-like consistency, and other protein powders won’t give you the same chewy texture. Collagen also dissolves very easily compared to other protein powders (i.e. whey, casein, pea, hemp, brown rice, egg protein, etc), so you’ll have to add more liquid like almond milk or water to hold the protein dough together if using a replacement.
- Instead of substituting, check out these protein ball recipes that DON’T require any collagen powder!
- Coconut Flour – Coconut flour is a great low carb flour that is gluten-free, wheat free, and grain-free. Coconut flour is also nut-free (even though it’s called coco-nut) because it’s made from coconut flesh (which is a fruit, not a nut) that’s been dried and then grind into small flour particles. Here is a brand of coconut flour I like to use. (see substitution notes in the below section!)
- Peanut Butter – I used the creamy kind, like Jif
- Sugar of Choice – I used monk fruit sweetener in this recipe to keep this recipe low-sugar and low carb, but raw cane sugar, coconut, date, and maple sugars are perfectly acceptable substitutes.
- Almond Milk – I used unsweetened almond milk, but any milk (dairy or dairy free) works in this recipe. You can even use water.
More Collagen Powder Recipes (HERE)
Step by Step
How to Make Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Collagen Protein Balls with Pretzels
Mix the dry ingredients first: collagen peptides powder, coconut flour and sugar (I used golden monk fruit sweetener).
Next, mix in the nut butter and 1 Tbsp of almond milk, using your hands to knead and get the dough to combine together.
NOTE: Add an additional 1 Tbsp milk (if you need it) to get the dough into a desired protein dough consistency. On the other hand, if the dough is too soft, you can add more coconut flour.
Add the pretzel cracker pieces
Roll the batter into tablespoon-sized balls, and sprinkle with coarse salt. Enjoy!
Recipe Variations and Optional Add Ins:
- Feel free to experiment with natural flavoring / extracts. Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract (I didn’t feel like it was essential so I left it out in this recipe), or other flavorings or extracts, such as maple extract or coffee extract.
Just keep in mind that some extracts contain alcohol, and since this is a no-bake recipe, the alcohol won’t have a chance to fully evaporate. If serving this to kids, or if you’re sensitive to alcohol, be sure to use non-alcoholic extracts or flavorings. Here are some non-alcoholic brands, here: Non-alcoholic peppermint extract, non-alcoholic vanilla extract
How to Make this Healthier
- Make these Peanut Butter Collagen Protein Balls healthier by adding a handful of nuts, seeds and old-fashioned oats to add texture and nutrition. Even better, add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed, hemp seeds, or chia seeds.
Delicious Add-In Ideas for Protein Balls
Adding color, texture and variety to your grab-and-go snacks is one way to keep protein balls fun and interesting. From dried fruits to confetti sprinkles, the options are pretty much endless. For more delicious add ins and flavoring ideas for your protein balls, check out this post for 10+ Amazing Add Ins & Flavor Variations for Protein Balls
Collagen Peptides FAQ:
ARE COLLAGEN PEPTIDES VEGAN?
Most commercial forms of collagen peptides are not suitable for vegan diets, as collagen is most abundant in skin, nails, bones and ligaments and is thus sourced from animals. The Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Powder I used in this recipe was sourced from the hides of grass-fed, pasture-raised cows.
Notes on Substitutions
Can I use other Protein Powders if I don’t have Collagen Powder?
For most recipes, collagen peptides should not be replaced with other protein powders, and I have not tried using other types of protein powders (i.e. whey, casein, pea, hemp, brown rice, egg protein, etc) in this recipe. This is because Collagen Peptides contribute a different texture to the recipe than other protein powders. In my experience, collagen powder adds a denser, chewier consistency to most protein powder recipes which I think resembles a chewy sugar cookie texture.
If you decide to substitute, just keep in mind that you’ll need to add additional liquid (almond milk or water) to this recipe to get the protein dough to hold together. Also, you won’t get the cookie-like texture you see in the photos since collagen is what creates that chewy consistency.
Instead of substituting, check out these protein ball recipes that DON’T require any collagen powder!
Can I substitute other flour Alternatives for coconut flour?
Collagen is a fussy ingredient, so I highly recommend that you DON’T SUBSTITUTE coconut flour in this particular recipe (including almond flour and oat flour). It’s not that these flours don’t work, but you’ll have to be okay with playing around with the entire recipe, like adding more flour, more nut butter and also less liquid — since coconut flour absorbs 2x 3x more liquid than other flour substitutes.
How to Store Peanut Butter Collagen Protein Balls
- You can keep the protein balls out at room temperature for 1-2 days but for the best texture, it’s best to store these protein balls covered in the fridge. They’ll be fresh for up to 5-7 days.
- These protein balls also freeze very well! Seal them inside an airtight container or Ziploc bag and freeze them in a single layer so that they don’t stick together. I recommend double-bagging if you want to keep out the fridge smell. They can be frozen for up to 4 months.
- Collagen peptides protein powder dissolves very easily compared to other protein powders so try not to add additional water or liquid to the protein dough until the very end. The collagen dough will soften up noticeably during the kneading process, so if you add extra liquid you may end up with a very soft protein dough.
- Make sure you check out the substitution section above if you decide to sub anything.
Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Collagen Protein Balls with Pretzels
Basic Peanut Butter Protein Ball Dough
- 1/4 cup collagen peptides powder* see notes for scoop conversion
- 3 Tbsp coconut flour
- 1 Tbsp monk fruit sweetener or any granulated sugar of choice**
- 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 1-2 Tbsp almond milk
- 3 Tbsp crushed pretzel crackers , gluten free if desired
- 1 tsp coarse salt
- Mix the dry ingredients first: collagen peptides powder, coconut flour and sugar (I used golden monk fruit sweetener).
- Next, mix in the peanut butter and 1 Tbsp of almond milk, using your hands to knead and get the dough to combine together. Add additional 1 Tbsp of almond milk if needed.
- Add crushed pretzels
- Roll the batter into tablespoon sized balls, and top with coarse salt if desired
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