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Beef jerky protein balls on a white plate with blue napkin
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Beef Jerky Protein Balls

Prep Time10 mins
Chill time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef jerky, Peanut butter, protein balls, snack
Servings: 15 protein balls
Calories: 134kcal


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup beef jerky - finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


  • All all ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
  • Stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop to form the mixture into balls.
  • Place balls on a rimmed baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat.
  • Chill for 30 minutes before storing or eating.
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  • Use a cookie scoop: Get perfect uniform sized protein balls by using a cookie scoop to form the balls.
  • Make them better for you:  Feel free to add flax (I love this one), chia seeds (for hydration) or wheat germ.  
  • This recipe can be doubled: This is a great recipe to make ahead.  Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and freeze any extras.  See notes about regarding freezing. 
  • Try different flavors: This recipe is adaptable.  Try using different mix-ins, different nut butters or beef jerky flavors. 
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