Cocoa-Peanut Butter and Apricot-Almond Protein Balls

Packed full of protein and a variety of nutrients, these sugar-free protein balls are vegan-friendly and perfect for a healthy on-the-go snack.

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Expensive to buy in-store, protein balls are actually super easy to make at home (and a lot cheaper!), however you will need a Nutribullet (or any food processor that has a milling blade), so if you don’t have one, I would recommend borrowing one and whipping up a big batch you can store in the fridge.

All of the ingredients I’ve listed here are relatively inexpensive can easily be found in supermarkets.

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Cocoa and Peanut Butter Protein Balls

These ones (arguably!) taste like you’re eating some sort of chocolate truffle. They went down a hit with my friends and family who tried them. My boyfriend rated them a 9/10, but I guess he’s biased!

Makes ~5 protein balls

  • 2 tsp linseeds
  • 2 tsp sunflower seeds
  • 4 tsp oats
  • 4 tsp cocoa powder
  • 8 whole almonds
  • 8 dates
  • 2 tsp peanut butter
  • 4 tsp coconut oil

Using the milling blade of your Nutribullet, grind the whole almonds into a fine powder.

Add the seeds, oats and cocoa powder and mill until they form a fine powder.

Add the coconut oil, dates and peanut butter to the milled seed/nut mixture.

Switching to the regular blending blade of the Nutribullet, combine all of the ingredients until they come together.

Portion into 5 lots, and roll each one between the palm of your hands to form a ball.

Wrap each protein ball individually in a piece of clingfilm and store in the fridge.

Apricot and Almond Protein Balls

If you’re not a chocolate or peanut fan, these protein balls are sweet and fruity. The quinoa adds a nice crunch. Almond butter is quite pricey, but so worth the splurge!

Makes 6 protein balls

  • 6 tsp oats
  • 2 tsp linseeds
  • 2 tsp quinoa (raw)
  • 2 tsp sunflower
  • 8 hazelnuts
  • 6 whole almonds
  • 8 apricots (dried)
  • 2 tsp almond butter

Soak the dried apricots in a cup of boiling water for 5/10 mins to plump them up a bit.

Mill the hazelnuts and almonds.

Add oats, linseeds and quinoa. Mill to form a fine powder.

Switch to the regular blending blade and add the apricots and almond butter.

Once combined, split the mixture into 6 portions, rolling each one individually between the palms of your hands to form the round protein ball.

I rolled them in some desiccated coconut, but you can leave this off if you don’t like coconut.

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If you try making these protein balls, post a picture on instagram and tag @thecorkfork – I would love to see what variations you comes up with!

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Almonds: High in unsaturated fats, potassium, fibre, protein, calcium, iron, and magnesium

Apricots: High in vitamin A, potassium, fibre, sugar and iron

Cocoa powder (unsweetened): High in magnesium, potassium, fibre, protein, calcium and iron

Coconut oil: High in lauric acid (a ‘good’ saturated fat)

Dates: High in fibre, sugar, potassium, vitamin B-6, and magnesium

Hazelnuts: High in monounsaturated fats, potassium, fibre, protein, iron, vitamin B-6, and magnesium

Linseed: High in magnesium, unsaturated fats, potassium, fibre, protein, calcium, iron, and vitamin B-6

Oats: High in fibre and iron

Quinoa: High in protein, fibre, and potassium

Sunflower seeds: High in unsaturated fats, potassium, fibre, protein, iron, vitamin B-6, and magnesium

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