by Olena

Almond Joy Protein Balls Recipe

Olena Osipov
5 from 8 votes

Almond Joy 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.

Almond Joy Protein Balls, front protein ball sliced open

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.:)

Almond Joy Protein Balls

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

Almond Joy Protein Balls Recipe are clean eating approved, vegan and gluten free. High protein snack that tastes similar to a popular chocolate bar.
5 from 8 votes
Print Save Rate
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 30 balls
Calories: 73kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup plant-based protein powder I used Sunwarrior*
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp stevia extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 5 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk light (canned)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes + more for coating

Instructions

  • In a food processor, add almonds, protein powder, cacao powder, stevia extract, salt and process until fine powder forms.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Store: 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.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1ball | Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
    Join today and start saving your favorite recipes

    Recipes and images are a copyright of ifoodreal.com. It is against the law to republish recipes anywhere including social media, print and all world wide web. Nutritional info is provided for informational purposes only and to the best knowledge.

     

    Did you try this recipe?

    Follow @ifoodreal on Instagram, snap a photo, and tag it #ifoodreal. Show me what you are making!

    olena osipov in the studio

    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

    48 comments on “Almond Joy Protein Balls Recipe

    Our “happiness” software deletes rude comments without publishing, so we can keep on happily cooking delicious recipes for you. Please see our full comment policy:).

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Recipe Rating




    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    1. 5 stars
      Made these dozens of times. Easy and delicious.

      Sometimes I use peppermint extract instead, for a mint chocolate flavour.

    2. 5 stars
      I made these. Oh my, so good. I did use whey protein powder because it’s what I had but you are right. The recipe was more difficult to mix, and denser. I had to add more protein powder to get a consistency I could turn into dough. Delicious non the less. I plan to buy the recommended protein powder for my next batch. They didn’t last long. We were eating them for breakfast.

      1. These are one of my most favorite protein balls ever. Coconut milk changes everything and I love them warm from food processor. So glad you enjoyed them, Nancy!

    3. 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!

      1. 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.:)

      1. 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.

    4. 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?

      1. 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.

        1. 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?

          1. 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.

    5. 5 stars
      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!

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

    7. 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

    8. 5 stars
      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.

    9. 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!

      1. 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.

    10. 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!

      1. 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.:)

        1. Hi could I use almond butter, pea protein powder, cacao, salt and stevia? Plus the coconut. Or do you have a similar recipe that uses almond butter?
          Thanks!

    11. 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!

      1. 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.

    12. 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 🙂

      1. 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!

    13. 5 stars
      Just made these. Amazing!! Perfect guilt free treat when you are craving sweets. Thanks for the recipe.

    14. 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 =)

      1. 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 🙂

    The information on this website is for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease. You assume full responsibility and liability for your own actions.

    This page may contain affiliate links. ifoodrealcom.bigscoots-staging.com is a participant of Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you make a purchase, we will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. It helps keep iFOODreal recipes free. Thanks for your support!