These no bake chocolate protein balls are the perfect snack to help you deal with sweet cravings, they’re packed with protein, they’re gluten free, they take no longer than 10 minutes to make and they taste amazing!
These bliss balls are next level! And if you’re on a weight loss journey, or a clean eating journey, these are the sorts of snacks that are very beneficial because if chocolate bars, muffins or salty, carb filled snacks are your only option, 9 times out of 10 you will take that option.
How to make chocolate protein balls
Ok, so we put all of the ingredients except the shredded coconut in a food processor.
We process the ingredients until you have a mixture that is well bound and well mixed.
You then take about half a tablespoon of the mixture, and then you roll it into a little ball. And then you keep going until you’ve rolled out all of the protein balls.
And finally, we roll the protein balls through the coconut and then serve, or store away.
It’s that easy! And not only are these protein balls so easy to make, there are so many different ways of making them!
Is there an alternative for dates?
Yes! I tried replacing the dates with dried apricots and they also worked beautifully! I used exactly the same measurements as dates.
And since these apricots aren’t quite as sweet as the dates, feel free to add a splash of maple syrup.
And I encourage you not to be so scared of a bit of maple syrup, honey or something else of that nature. Especially if you struggle with sweet cravings. It’s these kinds of snacks that can save you from binge eating.
Is there an alternative for almond meal?
You may have a nut allergy, or you may just not be very fond of nuts. If that is the case, you can use rolled oats instead to make these protein balls. Another fantastic source of protein and fibre.
I used these oats to make the apricot bliss balls and again, I used exactly the same measurements as the almond flour.
Here is a photo showing how these oat and apricot protein balls turned out. and how they slightly differ from the date and almond protein balls.
Are these protein balls vegan?
All you have to do in order to make these protein balls vegan, is to replace the protein powder with vegan protein powder.
And if you don’t want to do that, you can add something else like chai seeds for example. Chai seeds aren’t as high in proten but they’re still a good source of protein, they are also an incredible source of fibre and they are high in antioxidants.
If you want to read more about the heath benefits of chai seeds, check out this article: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds#section2
So this recipe is like a protein style snack (these will store at room temperature for a few days, and they will keep in the fridge for a few weeks). However, if you’re looking for a healthy meal prep style breakfast, then you may want to also check out these Healthy Breakfast Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins.
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Almond, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Protein Balls (no bake)
A very quick and easy snack to make. Process the ingredients together, roll them into balls, roll them in shredded coconut and you'll end up with an amazing delicious snack!
- 1½ cups of pitted dates
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted unsweetened peanut butter
- 1½ tablespoons of Cocoa powder
- 1½ tablespoons of protein powder (vegan protein powder if you're vegan)
- 1 cup of almond meal
- 2 tablespoons of almond milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract optional
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon optional
- 1 cup of shredded coconut
Put your dates, peanut butter, cocoa powder, protein powder, almond meal, almond milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon in a food processor.
Process for 1-2 minutes until all of the ingredients have merged together nicely.
Grab about ½ a tablespoon of the blended mixture, then roll into a smooth ball. Then continue to do the same with the rest of the mixture.
Put your shredded coconut in a bowl, then roll you protein balls in the coconut until you get a nice coating that sticks to the balls. You may have to push and squish the shredded coconut into the protein balls.
Serve or store away and enjoy.
- If you struggle with sweet cravings, these protein balls are the perfect backup plan.
- When you roll the protein balls through the shredded coconut, you may have to push the coconut into the balls to get a good amount of it to stick on.
- You can use dried apricots as an alternative for dates. And you may want to add a touch of maple syrup if you use apricots instead since they aren't quite as sweet as dates.
- You can use rolled oats instead of almond meal.
- If you're vegan, you can use vegan protein powder instead of regular protein powder. Or you could just used something like chai seeds.
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