by Olena

Coconut Protein Balls

by Olena

No Bake Coconut Protein Balls with dates are easy to make in 20 minutes in one bowl and are a perfect snack with 5 grams of protein.

No bake coconut protein balls with dates are easy to make in 20 minutes in one (food processor) bowl. They make great pre or post workout snack with 5 grams of protein, travel well and are highly versatile.

As I found out, a portion of dates can be subbed with dried apricots. And you can use any unsweetened whey protein powder – unflavoured, vanilla or chocolate. Just don’t use sweetened because dates are so sweet and please do not use plant-based protein powder (it is very “thirsty”).

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Store in the fridge for up to a week or they freeze beautifully. These coconut protein balls do not harden much in a freezer. To defrost just thaw on a counter for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

No Bake Coconut Protein Balls with dates are easy to make in 20 minutes in one bowl and are a perfect snack with 5 grams of protein.

How to Make Coconut Protein Balls

  1. In a food processor, add almonds and process until coarse flour (meal) texture (with bigger pieces is OK). Add dates and water, process until combined, pausing and scraping the walls if necessary. No Bake Coconut Protein Balls with dates are easy to make in 20 minutes in one bowl and are a perfect snack with 5 grams of protein.
  2. Add cacao and protein powders, process until well combined, pausing and craping the walls if necessary. Add chocolate chips and give a few pulses to distribute evenly. No Bake Coconut Protein Balls with dates are easy to make in 20 minutes in one bowl and are a perfect snack with 5 grams of protein.No Bake Coconut Protein Balls with dates are easy to make in 20 minutes in one bowl and are a perfect snack with 5 grams of protein.No Bake Coconut Protein Balls with dates are easy to make in 20 minutes in one bowl and are a perfect snack with 5 grams of protein.
  3. Remove the blade. Using spatula scrape the dough off of the blade and walls pulling into one pile inside the food processor bowl. No Bake Coconut Protein Balls with dates are easy to make in 20 minutes in one bowl and are a perfect snack with 5 grams of protein.
  4. Spread coconut flakes on a large plate. Using small cookie dough scoop, drop balls of dough onto it, cover with coconut flakes (from the plate) and gently roll around a bit.    No Bake Coconut Protein Balls with dates are easy to make in 20 minutes in one bowl and are a perfect snack with 5 grams of protein.No Bake Coconut Protein Balls with dates are easy to make in 20 minutes in one bowl and are a perfect snack with 5 grams of protein.
  5. Refrigerate for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.No Bake Coconut Protein Balls with dates are easy to make in 20 minutes in one bowl and are a perfect snack with 5 grams of protein.
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Coconut Protein Balls

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No Bake Coconut Protein Balls with dates are easy to make in 20 minutes in one bowl and are a perfect snack with 5 grams of protein.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 27 balls

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 4 scoops (120 g) whey protein powder, unsweetened*
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, add almonds and process until coarse flour (meal) texture (with bigger pieces is OK). Add dates and water, process until combined, pausing and scraping the walls if necessary.
  2. Add cacao and protein powders, process until well combined, pausing and craping the walls if necessary. Add chocolate chips and give a few pulses to distribute evenly.
  3. Remove the blade. Using spatula scrape the dough off of the blade and walls pulling into one pile inside the food processor bowl.
  4. Spread coconut flakes on a large plate. Using small cookie dough scoop, drop balls of dough onto it, cover with coconut flakes (from the plate) and gently roll around a bit.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

I used unflavoured protein powder. You can use vanilla or chocolate (you might have to skip on cacao powder then).

I ran out of dates and subbed some with dried apricots. It works!

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

About Olena

I don’t believe in diets, neither I think we were born to eat. This website reflects my healthy relationship with food – I like simple whole foods meals with a bit of lean protein, heavy on veggies and a sprinkle of complex carbs.

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  1. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe! I used coconut flour instead of almonds and no carob or chocolate chips, but lots of raw cocoa. It was the best clean treat I ever ate 🙂 Thanks so much!

    1. 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.

      1. 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?

        1. 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.

  2. 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!

    1. 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.

      1. 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 🙂

  3. 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.

    1. 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.