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.
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.
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.
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!
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