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protein balls recipe

I have to tell you right away that this protein balls recipe tastes best warm. Just saying because I know many of you do not read the post completely. And I get it, no worries, we are still friends.

As soon as I nailed this protein balls recipe and took a first bite, I almost died in heaven! These protein balls came out so soft, fluffy and tender. I didn’t expect that at all because most protein balls are dense. But because I didn’t use dates or any dried fruit to sweeten the balls, they melt in your mouth. And of course I made sure the chocolate and coconut flavours were prominent.

protein balls recipe

I’m not going to lie and pretend that these protein balls taste exactly like an Almond Joy bar. Seriously, the only way to make them taste like one would be to melt a pound of chocolate with coconut flakes. So, let’s be honest and say the balls are similar in taste to my favourite chocolate bar ever – Bounty or Almond Joy, as Americans know it.

I first ever tasted a Bounty bar when my mom brought one from England. Many years ago. It remained my favourite chocolate bar ever. I recently tried Luna protein bar that was very similar to a Bounty. In fact, these protein balls reminded me of a famous childhood Ukrainian pastry “potato” or “kartoshka”. It was as popular as brownies.:)

protein balls recipe

This protein balls recipe is super simple but a few notes won’t hurt, right?! Like with any nut involving recipe, it is important to use powerful food processor. Any blender won’t work – neither Vitamix, nor Magic Bullet. There is not enough liquid to move the dough around in a blender. Other than that, no extra tricks. Just make sure to process dry ingredients into fine powder first.

And try to use as pure and clean ingredients as possible! I linked ingredients I use or similar in the recipe below. Something like organic vegan protein powder (I stay away from whey protein), organic unsulphured coconut flakes and organic coconut milk (I’m yet to find BPA free cans). Do your best and what you can. Every little step counts.:)

Almond Joy Protein Balls

Almond Joy Protein Balls

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a food processor, add almonds, protein powder, cacao powder, stevia extract, salt and process until fine powder forms.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together coconut oil, honey, coconut milk, vanilla and add to a food processor. Process until smooth dough forms, stopping and scraping the walls of a food processor. It took me about 3-5 minutes and my food processor needed a few breaks. Then add 1/2 cup of coconut flakes and process until combined, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Place some coconut flakes on a plate, scoop golf size amount of dough, roll with your hands into a ball and coat in the flakes. Alternatively, you could use a bag with small amount of coconut flakes in it and shake to coat the protein ball. Repeat until you run out of dough.
  4. Storage Instructions & Serving Suggestion: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. I liked these protein balls fresh and warm the best! So, when I want one, I warm it up in a microwave for a few seconds. You could also freeze the balls for up to 3 months.

Notes

*I do not recommend using whey protein powder as it absorbs liquids differently than plant-based protein.

http://ifoodreal.com/almond-joy-protein-balls-recipe/

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 30

Amount Per Serving = 1 ball:
Calories: 63.0
Total Fat: 3.7 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 45.5 mg
Total Carbs: 4.1 g
Sugars: 2.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.9 g
Protein: 3.9 g
WW Points+: 2

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43 Comments

  1. Laura @ Raise Your Garden

    You just blew me away with the recipe.

    Coconut + chocolate = true love

    But men don’t really like coconut? Do they? You know, I have yet to talk to one male who likes, (not will tolerate it) but likes coconut.

    More for me I say!!

    Thanks for the recipe =)

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    • Olena

      My man likes everything, Laura! LOL. I’m yet to find what he doesn’t eat which is amazing. Thank you.

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    • Ira m

      I love coconut and chocolate but guess what? My dad is a coconut lover so I do know one guy that loves coconut. These look so good I should make him some 🙂

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  2. Karlin

    Just made these. Amazing!! Perfect guilt free treat when you are craving sweets. Thanks for the recipe.

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  3. Allison @ Clean Wellness

    These look amazing! I always prefer homemade protein snacks over store-bought. So much better for you too! And I appreciate what you said about “every little bit counts” -it’s so true. Luckily clean ingredients are becoming more and more accessible, even in small towns like where I am! Can’t wait to give these a go. Cheers 🙂

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    • Olena

      Hi Allison! I stopped buying any commercial protein snacks because all of them are high in sugar and none contain clean and organic ingredients to my liking. None, I can’t find any! And I like to be real – it’s so hard to eat 100% organic and clean today because of real life and budget. Let me know how you like these. Nice to meet you!

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  4. Tracy

    Hi! These look so good! Lu’s my protein powder is so yummy and chocolaty ( Rockin Wellness), I can’t wait to get the almonds to make this. I do have cashews and walnuts butbinthink it would take away from the taste? Anyway my question is, if I leave out the stevia would it make a big difference? I could add coconut palm sugar instead but I’m thinking no sub would be ok. I try to avoid all artificial sweeteners. I would use themake syrup instead of honey, maybe I’ll just add a drop more? What do you think? Thanks!

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    • Olena

      Stevia is a natural extract not artificial. You might be confusing it with Splenda ?! You can use extra honey or sugar to replace stevia. As for the nuts, walnuts and cashews are fattier so the only thing your protein balls batter might be more runny but they should solidify in the fridge.

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  5. Minoo

    Olena, i haven’t had a chance to make this yet, but as you may know I’ve already tried them at work and girl, I should say one of the most delicious edible things I’ve had in my life 😀 Great job!

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    • Olena

      LOL. I have heard the balls were approved by you. That’s great. Thank you! They taste even better warmed up right before ready to eat. I’m sure Alex didn’t bother but just a tip.:)

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  6. Olga G.

    What temperature should I set my oven for and for how long? Thank you!

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    • Olena

      These require no baking. Didn’t I just make your day?!:) Just roll into balls and store in the fridge.

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  7. Mish Mish

    I am a man, and I love coconut. However, I don’t care for vegan protein blend, the pea protein is bitter and chalky. Whey protein for men. Otherwise look delish!

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    • Olena

      You know, plain pea protein is not tasty, I agree. Try Vega Sport Performance Vanilla – to die for! I swear! That’s the only protein powder I use now. It’s plant based and delicious!!! Pricey but with supplements you get what you pay for IMHO.

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  8. NICOLE

    These are absolutely delicious. Even the kids and husband loved them which is not easy to do. My only problem is they are so nice i find it hard to stop at one.

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    • Olena

      Haha, that’s awesome. A tip: they taste better warm, so keep them cold to avoid overeating LOL.

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  9. Cass

    Hey. Just made these protein balls but unfortunately they have turned out really running and when I roll them into balls they just turn flat like pancakes. Any ideas about why this may have occurred? Thank you

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  10. Imogen

    Hey.. I used whey protein it’s very runny like the previous user can I correct it or have I lost all my ingredients…?

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    • Olena

      Just add more protein powder and ground almonds to taste. Yeah, whey and plant-based protein powders absorb liquids totally differently.

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  11. Samantha

    Hi!
    I’ve been looking for an easy protein/ bliss ball recipe for a while now and I found this one today and thought I’d give it a go.
    Great decision on my part! I’m loving them 🙂
    Because I didn’t have certain ingredients handy I made the following substitutions:
    Soy milk instead of coconut milk
    Nutallex instead of coconut oil
    Almond meal instead of whole almonds ground myself
    Rice malt syrup instead of maple syrup

    I’m so glad I found this recipe and I’m looking forward to using the ingredients you used next time!

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  12. Suzette

    I made this recipe & I used 5 tbs organic date syrup instead of honey, they turned out wonderful. However, some education on Stevia needs to be made here. First, a tablespoon of Stevia liquid can be used in this recipe but one should know you CANNOT sub the same if using powdered Stevia. I used a 1/2 tsp of powdered organic Stevia. I’m very familiar on the conversion chart of both liquid/dry when baking with Stevia. Just wouldn’t want someone here to make this mistake. Also, I had a question, could you omit the syrup(honey etc) and use all Stevia? Also, what about using coconut flour instead of the cup of raw almonds?

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    • Olena

      Liquid stevia is more concentrated than powdered. I used 1 tbsp of powdered stevia and that is what I linked to in the recipe. I think you meant to say you used 1/2 tsp of liquid stevia. I wouldn’t use all stevia because that won’t taste good IMHO. No coconut flour either because it is very “thirsty” and that would throw off the whole recipe.

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      • Suzette

        No, I did not use stevia liquid at all. I used a 1/2 tsp of pure organic stevia powder, put it in a Dixie cup with a few drops of reverse osmosis water and added it to the recipe. The ingredients list stevia extract, not stevia powder. Stevia powder conversions state this: 1 cup of sugar = 1 tsp of stevia powder, or 1 tsp liquid.
        1/2 cup of sugar = 1/2 tsp stevia powder, or 1/2 tsp liquid. If I had a added a 1 tbs of stevia powder as you state the recipe would’ve been inedible. As for the coconut flour, I was pretty sure it wouldn’t work as you stated about the ability to it has in drawing liquid content out. My husband is allergic to almonds and peanuts, so I was trying to think of alternatives. Do only almonds work for this recipe?

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        • Olena

          I used 1 tbsp of stevia extract in a powder form from Trader Joe’s and that is what I stated in a recipe. No mention of stevia powder, so no further explanation is necessary as it will be confusing for many readers. If you use stevia powder then obviously you should understand that adjustments are necessary.
          I haven’t tried other nuts. The only substitute I would try are hazelnuts.

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  13. trudy

    I do not have a food processor, but would love to try this, what else can you suggest that i can use.

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    • Olena

      Sorry, Trudy, you need a food processor for this recipe! Even buy the cheapest one for like $20-30. It will help you make many more healthy recipes. Food processor is a must when eating clean.

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  14. Sandra

    Just wondering what size /weight you made these? I made mine 45g each ball and I only got 12 out of this recipe. It says you got 30 out of this recipe is that right? Just trying to work out macros. Thanks they’re yum!

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    • Olena

      Hi Sandra. I didn’t weigh these almond joy protein balls. I used the smallest ice cream scoop if that helps. Glad you like the taste.:)

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