No-Bake S’mores Protein Balls

Recipe posted in: Flex™ Meals & Snacks, Snacks, Healthy Sides & Snacks
The Leaf healthy s’mores protein balls

Does warm weather have you craving camping, bonfires and s’mores? We’re right there with ya! That’s why our recipe experts at The Leaf replicated the flavors of your favorite fireside snack without any heat whatsoever. With our healthy dessert recipe for No-Bake S’mores Protein Balls, you can enjoy a chocolaty, marshmallowy treat while you stay cool and indoors on those steamy summer days. Plus, these skinny s’mores are packed with protein and fit easily into your weight loss diet!

Fun Fact: According to National Geographic, s’mores date back to at least 1927 when the recipe was first published in a Girl Scout guide. The book, entitled Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts, named the recipe “some mores” and included the steps for creating various types of campfires.

We definitely want some more s’mores! There’s just something about the combination of crunchy graham crackers, fluffy marshmallows and rich, melty chocolate. This classic dessert combination of flavors and textures reminds of childhood, summer nights and good fun. In addition to this no-bake recipe for S’mores Protein Balls, our healthy recipe developers have created a few other tasty treats that are reminiscent of this summertime snack.  While most s’mores are made over a campfire, these two recipes come together with the help of your refrigerator and freezer.

The Smore’s Icebox Cake starts off with a layer of graham cracker sheets, followed by a creamy, dreamy filling made from nonfat Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, marshmallows and chocolate chips. Another layer of graham crackers is placed in the center and topped with light cool whip and a sprinkle of more chocolate chips. We finish off this no-bake cake with a final layer of graham crackers and throw it in the fridge overnight.

You can also enjoy your favorite fireside flavors in a frozen dessert! Our Skinny S’mores Frozen Yogurt features a vanilla yogurt and frozen banana base that’s blended until a creamy ice cream is formed. We then stir in the good stuff: graham cracker crumbles, chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. After just one hour in the freezer, you have your own bowl of gourmet ice cream that’s healthy and guilt-free.

Now that we’ve got you craving the delicious flavors of s’mores, it’s time to get back to the recipe at hand! You only need six simple ingredients to make these No-Bake S’mores Protein Balls. Start off by mixing together your base in a large bowl. You will need a half-cup of crispy rice cereal, a half-cup of almond butter, one tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and one tablespoon of honey. Once the mixture is well-combined, stir in a quarter-cup of chopped mini marshmallows. Roll the mixture into six bite-sized balls and roll each one into crushed graham crackers. Refrigerate your protein balls for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Healthy Hacks: If you’d like, feel free to swap the cereal with a crispy brown rice cereal instead. You could also make things extra chocolaty by using a chocolate cereal! If you don’t have almond butter, you can easily substitute a different nut butter made from cashews, walnuts or even peanuts. Watching your sugar intake? Use stevia-sweetened chocolate chips and a low-calorie liquid sweetener instead of honey. Roll your protein balls in other tasty extras like coconut flakes, cacao nibs or chopped nuts for a little variety. Just be sure to check out the Nutrisystem Grocery Guide so that you can keep track of any addition in your NuMi app journal.

One of these No-Bake S’mores Protein Balls clocks in at 169 calories. It counts as one PowerFuel and two Extras on the Nutrisystem meal plan. If you’re still having trouble figuring out PowerFuels, Extras and the other grocery additions on your program, you’ve come to the right place! The Leaf Weight Loss Blog is your go-to resource for everything Nutrisystem. Have fun exploring each section of the website for helpful diet tips, easy exercises and healthy recipes that can help you reach your weight loss goals. We even have a section that’s dedicated just for Nutrisystem customers. It includes invaluable information on Flex meals, grocery additions, portion control and more. Check out these 10 reasons to visit The Leaf every day! >

Looking for more sweet snacks for your summertime menu? We have plenty of no-bake desserts to help you stay healthy while you lose the weight! After all, who wants to turn on the oven when it’s hot outside? From nice cream and popsicles to cheesecake and parfaits, we’re here to make healthy eating easy (and delicious!) all season long. Beat the heat and stay cool with some of our favorite no-bake dessert recipes below:

Did you know you can get the delicious taste of s’mores right from your own freezer? Our handheld S’mores Pie is a summertime favorite that doesn’t disappoint. Inside the graham cracker crust, you’ll discover a hot and gooey filling of fluffy marshmallow and melted chocolate. It tastes just like the classic campfire snack without any of the guilt. That’s because one of these pies contains just 140 calories. What other s’more has a whopping five grams of protein? (Other than these No-Bake S’mores Protein Balls, of course!)

Have you created your own favorite sweet snack that you want to share? Now you can on our Recipe Submission page! We created this section on The Leaf so that our creative members and followers can share their own recipes that they’ve come up with. Share the love with rest of the Nutrisystem community and help others reach their goals with your tasty creations. Whether you’ve developed your own protein energy bites or created a favorite recipe for getting in your vegetables, we want to hear about it! Click here to submit your recipe. >

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Servings: 6 (1 serving = 1 protein bite)

Calories per Serving: 169

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 PowerFuel and 2 Extras

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup crispy rice cereal
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • ¼ cup mini marshmallows, chopped
  • 1 graham cracker sheet, crushed finely

Directions:

  1. Place rice cereal, almond butter, cocoa powder and honey in a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Stir in chopped marshmallows.
  3. Roll the mixture into about 6 bite-sized balls.
  4. Roll each protein bite into the crushed graham crackers.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before serving.