by Olena

Coconut Protein Balls

by Olena

5 from 4 reviews

Coconut Protein Balls

Protein Balls Recipe

Protein balls with dates are easy to make in 20 minutes in one (food processor) bowl. This protein balls recipe makes great pre or post workout snack with 5 grams of protein. And tastes almost like no bake cookies but healthy!

Protein balls travel well, are highly versatile and contain no added sugar.

Whey or Plant-Based Protein Powder?

As you may or may not know, different protein powders act absolutely different – plant-based being “thirsty” and whey protein powder less moisture absorbing. You can use any unsweetened whey protein powder like unflavoured, vanilla or chocolate. Just don’t use sweetened because dates are so sweet. And please do not use plant-based protein powder – recipe will not work.

whey protein powder for homemade protein balls

Tips for Best No Bake Protein Balls

  • Do not use blender to make protein energy balls. Dough will get stuck. Food processor is best.
  • A portion of dates can be subbed with dried apricots.
  • If your dates are a bit dry, soak them up on hot water for 10 minutes. Drain and use.
  • Store in the fridge for up to a week.
  • This protein balls recipe is freezer friendly. To defrost just thaw on a counter for 15 minutes.

How to Make Protein Energy 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. homemade protein balls
  2. Add cacao and protein powders, process until well combined, pausing and scraping the walls if necessary. Add chocolate chips and give a few pulses to distribute evenly. how to make protein balls
  3. Remove the blade. Using spatula scrape the dough off of the blade and walls pulling into one pile inside the food processor bowl. protein powder balls with dates
  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. date protein balls

Fridge or Freezer?

No bake protein balls stay fresh for up to 1 week in the fridge. I like to refrigerate mine in a spacious glass container where plastic lid is not pressing on the protein balls. If you use commercial dishwasher detergent, plastic absorbs its fragrance and may transfer taste to your food. One of the reasons we switched to natural dishwasher soap.

For meal prep I recommend you double the recipe and freeze protein balls in the same airtight glass container for up to 3 months.

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Coconut Protein Balls

5 from 4 reviews

One bowl healthy date protein balls in 20 minutes. Perfect snack with 5 grams of protein.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 27 balls 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: North American
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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 scraping 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.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I made this recipe using apricots and vanilla protein powder I also added goji berries about 1 cup and the general consensus from those who have tried them delicious

  2. 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.

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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.

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