Home Made Protein Balls

Every now and then we need a snack and unfortunately, many of the snacks available aren't that great for our health.  I started making my own protein balls for a couple of reasons - to save money and to improve the quality of the ingredients I was eating.

You can play around with this recipe as much as you like - mix it up with different nuts, grains, flavours!

I try not to add too much honey - although these are a bit of a sweet treat, keep in mind the overall goal to not consume too much sugar - 1 tbsp between 8 or more balls isn't too bad.  If you want to make it sweeter, perhaps consider a natural sweetener such as stevia, sukrin or xylitol.  However, the best way to get used to less sugar in the diet is by reducing sweet foods.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp cacao powder (raw cocoa - or cocoa powder if no cacao available)

  • 1 tbsp nut butter (Organic if you can - cashew, almond, peanut, hazelnut, mixed nut)
  • 1 tbsp of protein powder (Vital Protein, Whey Protein - flavoured or natural
  • 1 tbsp of ground flax seeds or shredded desiccated coconut
  • 1-2 tbsp of chopped nuts/seeds or grains such as rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp of Manuka honey

Variations

  • instead of cacao go vanilla with some vanilla extract
  • use some chopped dried fruit or cacao nibs
  • try other superfood powders such as lucuma powder, maca powder, macha green tea, 
  • coat with sesame seeds or chia seeds  (the coating helps to absorb any nut oils which might be on the outside of the ball)
  • use tahini instead of nut butter

Directions

Mix the ingredients together until blended - use your hands if you find it easier to blend - don't forget to wash hands first and take of any rings. Separate into equal portions and roll into balls. Then coat in a little extra Coconut.  

Chill the balls until ready to eat.  These are fine out of the fridge for a day or two if you want to take a couple with you to work.  They will keep in the fridge for a week or two (they rarely last that long) and can also be frozen.

Here's a tahini vanilla version I made recently - as you can see, I had to taste test one!

Here's a tahini vanilla version I made recently - as you can see, I had to taste test one!