These no-bake vegan gingerbread protein balls can be made in 5 minutes with just 6 simple ingredients and they taste like gingerbread cookie dough!

For more simple protein bites and bars made with protein powder, check out these No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls, Coconut Coffee Protein Balls and No-Bake Hemp Protein Bars.

Gingerbread energy balls drizzled with molasses on a small plate.

Recipe Features

  • you’ll need just 5 minutes and 6 ingredients
  • no baking or blending required!
  • tastes like gingerbread cookie dough
  • vegan, gluten-free, oil-free
  • great for a quick snack or healthy dessert

Ingredient Notes

Visual list of ingredients needed for making gingerbread protein balls.
  • nut butter – use natural peanut butter, cashew butter or almond butter or make them nut-free by using sunflower seed butter
  • protein powder – use a pea protein-based powder such as Vega, this recipe has not been tested with whey protein and I wouldn’t recommend it as the absorbability is very different than pea protein
  • ground flax – make sure you use ground flax not whole seeds
  • molasses – I used blackstrap molasses but any molasses works
  • spices – the recipe calls for ginger and cinnamon but if you’re missing one, no big deal, even with out they’re yummy!

Step-by-Step Instructions

Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and stir together until thoroughly combined and it forms a thick dough.

Raw gingerbread cookie dough in a glass mixing bowl.

Roll into balls and enjoy!

Quick Note: They’re quite soft right after rolling but will firm up after storing in the fridge.

Coating Options

Leave them plain or try rolling them in an optional coating for an extra treat:

  • coconut sugar
  • cinnamon
  • cinnamon sugar
  • crushed nuts
  • finely shredded coconut
  • cocoa powder
Raw gingerbread cookie dough balls on a plate.


Can I make these without protein powder?

This recipe is made specifically for protein powder but I have two gingerbread energy balls that are made without it.

Try my raw gingerbread bites and nut-free gingerbread balls for protein powder-free recipes!

What do these taste like?

They have a very strong molasses cookie flavour, especially if you use blackstrap molasses. The protein powder you use will also contribute to the overall flavour, so make sure you use one you like!

Can I make these nut-free?

Yep! Just use sunflower seed butter or Wowbutter instead of nut butter.

Raw gingerbread ball with a bite take out of it to show the inside texture, which looks like cookie dough.

Storing Instructions

  • Fridge: Store in a sealed container for up to 1 weeks.
  • Freezer: Store in a sealed container for up to 3 months. Thaw briefly at room temperature or in the fridge before enjoying.
  • Room Temperature: Ok at room temperature if taking to-go but they’ll start to get soft if it’s warm. Keep cool is possible.

Love gingerbread? Don’t miss this Pumpkin Gingerbread Smoothie and these No-Bake Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies.

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Gingerbread energy balls drizzled with molasses on a small plate.

No-Bake Vegan Gingerbread Protein Balls

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  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
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Delicious, no-bake gingerbread energy balls you can make in 5 minutes with protein powder, almond butter and molasses! No blending or baking required!


  • 1/2 cup drippy almond or cashew butter (60 g)
  • 1/3 cup vegan vanilla protein powder (35 g)
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed (28 g)
  • 3 tbsp blackstrap molasses (60 g)
  • 1 tbsp water (15 ml)
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger (1 g)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (1 g)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, optional


  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until it forms a thick dough.
  2. Use your hands to roll into balls.
  3. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm and enjoy!


Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week or freezer for up to 2 weeks. Okay at room temperature if taking to-go but they will start to get soft if it’s warm. Keep cool if possible.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 124
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 5 g