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Workout Snack - Coconut Protein Balls Recipe

I will be short and sweet today.:) Literally sweet because I rolled 32 of coconut protein balls today and was totally covered in coconut flakes and sticky dough. But I’m not complaining. It took only 20 minutes from start to finish.

These coconut protein balls make great pre or post workout snack. Just like this Slimming Blueberry Protein Shake or Guilt-Free Chocolate Protein Shake. Or healthy-mommy-on-the-run-to-the-playground snack. Or busy-mommy-no-time-for-breakfast snack. Or no-time-to-eat-for-mommy-ever snack. Kidding.

If you want to lose weight and be healthy, you have to eat every 2.5-3 hours. Did you know that?! So put your baby for a nap and sit down and eat properly! Often my son’s nap times are my only opportunity to sit down and really enjoy my meal.

I recommend using only uflavoured and unsweetened protein powder for this coconut protein balls recipe. I used President’s Choice Whey Protein powder. You can buy it for $30 at the Real Canadian Superstore.

Whey protein powder for making protein balls

They are great to store in the fridge for up to a week and freeze beautifully. I found they do not harden much in a freezer. To defrost just thaw them on a counter for 15 minutes and pop them in your gym bag for a healthy pre or post workout snack. Enjoy!

P.S. All fats in this recipe are healthy fats. As well as sugar is a natural sugar.;)

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Pre or Post Workout Snack – Coconut Protein Balls

Pre or Post Workout Snack – Coconut Protein Balls

Ingredients

  • 3 cups dates, pitted
  • 4 scoops (120 g) whey protein powder, unflavoured & unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup carob or chocolate chips
  • 1 + 1/2 cup almonds
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2/3 - 1 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened

Directions

  1. Combine dates, almonds and water in a food processor and grind. Small chunks are fine. Add to the mixing bowl along with protein powder, carob ships and cocoa powder. Mix with spatula until well combined. Mixture will seem dry in the beginning. If necessary add more water.
  2. Spread coconut flakes on a flat surface like a dinner plate and roll 32 balls in it.
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Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 32 balls

Amount Per 1 Ball:
Calories: 121.2
Total Fat: 5.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.6 mg
Sodium: 53.2 mg
Total Carbs: 16.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.1 g
Sugars: 11.2 g
Protein: 5.5 g
Weight Watchers Points +: 3
Weight Watchers Points: 2

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31 Responses to “Coconut Protein Balls Recipe”

  1. K

    These sound great as a healthy food to keep in my bag at work for food emergencies.

    I tend to need to eat about every 4 hrs. Byron Richards (Wellness Resources) doesn’t agree about snacking. He says it can ruin metabolism and gives science to back it up. However I tend to think it’s ok to eat so long as you’ve completely ‘used up’ (i.e. digested and expended) your previous meal. For some people that may be more frequently than others, depending on activity levels, growth, metabollic rate etc.

    hmm I wouldn’t say ALL fats are healthty fats. e.g. hydrogenated, trans, too much vegetable oil. And then there’s the quality issue– whether they’re rancid, processed/refined, contaminated, etc. I think it’s worth being selective about fats, because they are so essential to our body we don’t want to go just eat any fat haphazardly.

    Reply
    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      I keep these protein balls in my freezer all the time.
      There are many different theories out there these days. I lean towards fuelling your body every 3-4 hours. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

      Reply
  2. Jennifer

    These should be kept in the fridge or freezer, correct? Do they need to be thawed if kept in the freezer (how firm do they get)? Thanks!

    Reply
    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      Yes. Store these protein balls in a fridge for couple weeks or freezer for up to a couple months. You know, they didn’t freeze much in the freezer so you can eat them within 5 minutes of thawing.

      Reply
      • Feona

        Thank you for sharing your recipes, they are beautiful and FUEL for life, I have just started making them, and has saved me so much money and time, once again, thank you keep posting, warm regards :)

        Reply
  3. Helen tournier

    You forgot to add when to put the proetin in the recipe in the “Protein balls”

    Reply
      • Madonna

        I’ve been making my own protein balls lately as I’m trying
        to lose weight and ‘eat clean’. Just out of curiosity, how many
        should I be eating as a snack?

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        • Olena (iFOODreal)

          I would eat 1 after a meal to satisfy my sweet tooth craving. To replace a snack I would eat 2. Along with an apple. Hope this helps.

          Reply
    • Olena (iFOODreal)

      You can use what you have. I use unflavoured because is the cleanest and I like to add my own flavours. It’s easy to cook with it.

      Reply
  4. sara

    Hi there I am very anxious to try them tomo !! Where go u get the protein from!!!
    And are they only 2 weight watches points !!!

    Reply
    • Olena

      Last time I bought Kaizen whey. I buy it at grocery store whatever is cheaper and natural – grass fed cows and not artificially sweetened. That’s what I look for.

      Reply
  5. Nathalia

    Hi Olena :) I would love to make this recipe, but I need your advise, I have mnot found carob chips here in Ireland, is there any substitute that you would recommend?

    Reply
  6. jimmy

    great recipe, is there anything you recommend that could replace dates?

    Reply
  7. Angela

    Hi Olena, how many grams of dates would 3 cups yield? I find working with cups very confusing

    Reply
    • Olena

      Hi Angela. I haven’t weigh the dates. I do not pack or chop the dates. So measure pitted and whole. You should be fine.:)

      Reply
  8. Rose

    I made these last night but they seem too wet. Tried adding in another scoop of protein but I can’t seem to bring it back to a consistency where I can roll them. Even in the fridge overnight didn’t help enough. Any advice?

    Reply
    • Olena

      Hmmm. If they are too wet try adding some oat or almond flour. It also helps to scoop the dough with a spoon and roll with both hands.

      Reply
      • Jouberte

        I don’t like almonds, so I was wondering if almonds was really necessary. Im not a fan of nut butters either. My question is if i didn’t include the almonds, would it make much of a difference?

        Reply
        • Olena

          You need some kind if binder. Whether ground nuts or coconut flour but you need the balls to hold together. Even coconut flakes would work.

          Reply

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