Easy Protein Ball Recipe

Protein balls are so versatile, they travel easy, and they are such a great healthy alternative to sweets. However, finding the right recipe can be hard as in this busy day and age. You don’t want to be spending lots of your valuable time gathering the ingredients and making a complex recipe for protein balls, however you don’t want a recipe that is so simple that there is no creativity in it, and it tastes bland. That is why I am sharing with you my simple yet highly versatile recipe for making protein balls!

Why are they called ‘protein’ balls? Protein balls recipes contain different foods that have different nutritional values to this one. In this recipe I use lots of almonds and cashews.

To put this into perspective, I use 1 cup of cashews and 1 cup of almonds which is 128g each. Per 100g of cashews there is 16g of proteins and per 100g of almonds there is 21g of protein. So yes, there is a lot of protein in these!

What makes this recipe so versatile? I don't know if you have picked this up yet but I am a big fan of base recipes, meaning a simple recipe that you can add ingredients to or take away ingredients to suit you. The base of this recipe includes the following ingredients:

36 Dates (Roughly 1 Packet or 250g)

1 Cup of Almond Meal

2 Cups of Nuts

1 Cup of Desiccated Coconut

1 Cup of Coconut Oil

2/3 Cup Cacoa

3 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds

This is just the base! You can add whatever nuts you like for starters and then get creative with other ingredients you think would go well in a protein ball (bonus points for ingredients high in protein). Some ideas are:

  • Peanut butter
  • Maca powder
  • Protein powder
  • Hemp seeds
  • Goji berries
  • Honey (helps with stickiness too)
  • I added figs to this batch!

Now the ingredients is the only semi-complex part of this whole recipe because the next part is super simple. Once you have all of your ingredient together you just cut your dates, figs, etc. like so....

 

It isn't necessarily important but I would recommend blending the nuts first, then adding the dates, figs, etc. and blending them. Then finally adding the rest of the ingredients. This just depends on how good your processor is too as I find mine can only handle bits at a time.

 

All ingredients should be blended and in a sticky like consistency at this point. Use your judgement call here, if the mixture is too dry add some more wet ingredients such as coconut oil. If the mixture is not sticky enough add some more dates or honey. If the mixture is too wet, add some more almond meal. We want the mixture to be sticky more than anything.

Because in the next step you want to be able to roll the mixture into balls (you choose what size) and coat them in coconut.

Once you have rolled them into balls you can put them into a BPA free container and either put them in the fridge or put them in the freezer. I personally like to freeze them because I like to slowly eat them and use them to cool down after a workout.

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Here is the full recipe...

Ingredients:

36 Dates (Roughly 1 Packet or 250g)

1 Cup of Almond Meal

2 Cups of Nuts

1 Cup of Desiccated Coconut

1 Cup of Coconut Oil

2/3 Cup Cacoa

3 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds

Method:

  1. Measure out all of your ingredients
  2. Use a food processor to process nuts first
  3. Add your dates to the mixture and process again
  4. Add all other ingredients and process until a sticky consistency
  5. Roll mixture into balls and coat with extra desiccated coconut
  6. Refrigerate or freeze

There you have it! Healthy high-protein alternatives to sweets.....Yummy!

Love always,

Ashlyn Ann