by Olena

Coconut Protein Balls

by Olena

Coconut Protein Balls

Healthy 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. These protein balls travel well, are highly versatile and contain no added sugar.

Whey Vs. 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.

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Tips for Best Protein Balls

  • Do not use blender to make homemade protein 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.
  • These homemade protein balls freeze very well. To defrost just thaw on a counter for 15 minutes.

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. 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
  5. Refrigerate date protein balls for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.best tasting protein balls

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Coconut Protein Balls

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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

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.

About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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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.