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18 Healthy “No Bake” Protein Ball Recipes by Healthy Body TV (Updated)

W hen it comes to snack times it can get seriously hard in choosing what’s right to eat. If you go for something you’re craving you’re probably going to end up eating a chocolate bar, or grabbing an energy drink, or maybe even a bag of lollies. But in order to live a healthier and happier life it’s important we take better care of our health.

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Sadly, this doesn’t come easy. It takes discipline to make healthy choices so trust when I say it ALWAYS pays off. So next time you’re feeling like a snack try one of these 18 protein ball recipes.

Protein balls are my favorite kind of snack because they’re delicious, nutritious, convenient, and super easy to make. Most of my recipes include no more than 4-6 ingredients. And the best part is your cupboard probably has all the ingredients in there anyway.

But to make “Mimi approved” protein balls you need to ditch the sugar and add more antioxidants such as cacao powder, maca powder, spirulina, chia seeds etc.

The reason I’m certain the following 18 protein ball recipes will be a hit for you is because I have tried every one of them, and I can tell you now they are nothing short of absolutely delicious!

My husband Joel is a huge chocolate fan, and he agrees that these protein balls are sure to quench your cravings.

When’s the best time to eat these protein balls?

  • Morning tea
  • Afternoon tea
  • Pre-bed
  • Traveling snack
  • Plane food snack
  • Beach food snack
  • Any time of the day snack

 

Why are these protein balls so healthy and also good for weight management/loss?

 

Because they are:

  1. High in fiber (keeps you fuller longer)
  2. Low in sugar (great for diabetics)
  3. High in antioxidants (good for overall health)
  4. Plant Based (great for overall well-being)
  5. Slow absorbing (balanced energy levels)
  6. Dairy Free (positive for health)
  7. High in Healthy Fats (Excellent for brain function)

 

Protein Ball Making Tips:

  1. Make them every Sunday for the coming week
  2. Keep protein balls refrigerated and they will last 7 days
  3. Roll them into small portion ball sizes to avoid consuming too many calories
  4. Rub your hands in coconut oil below rolling the mixture to avoid the mixture sticking to your hands
  5. Add no more than 5 ingredients per ball to avoid over flavoring them
  6. Make 2-3 batches at a time
  7. Store large batches in the freezer to last longer than a week
  8. Enjoy your protein balls with a nice herbal tea to really enjoy them
  9. Rolled oats, coconut flour, protein powders etc. Use any of these you prefer
  10. Use only moderate to very low sugar, if you need any at all.

 

Why Homemade Protein Balls are better than Brought Ones:

There are loads of premade protein balls you grab on the go but I choose to make them myself because a lot of them are made with more sugar than I would put in them myself. And over a month all this extra sugar starts adding up and I can see it come through in my energy, moods, and my skin. This is why I highly recommend you make them yourself and trust me it’s so quick and easy you won’t even be able to justify buying them out. So to keep your health in the best way possible give them a go yourself or look for ones that are very low in sugar. Most store-purchased ones include dates, rice malt syrup, honey, and raisins in just one ball. For me, that’s simply too much to call a healthy snack, that’s more like a dessert! So, please purchase with caution.

 

Note Nutritional Information is Per Protein Ball 

 

18 Healthy Protein Ball Recipes:

(SF = Sugar Free) (GF = Grain Free) (LS = Low Sugar) (NF = Nut Free)

All recipes that include rice protein powder can be subbed for Rolled oats, LSA, almond meal, or your favorite protein powder.

sugar free Peanut Butter Protein Ball rolled in Oats

Best Peanut Butter Protein Ball  (SF)

Makes 20

Calories per ball: 101/ Protein: 7g/ Carbs: 6g/ Fat: 5g

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Combine oats, protein powder, flaxseeds, cinnamon, and stevia into a bowl and mix well.
  2. Add in Peanut butter and vanilla extract and mix well again.
  3. Add in chocolate chips and gentle stir
  4. Add a tablespoon of water per time to get the mixture to the right sticky consistency.
  5. Roll mixture into 20 balls
  6. Refrigerate for an 1 hour before enjoying.

 

sugar free Chocolate Protein Balls covered in shredded coconut

Simply Chocolate Protein Balls (SF, GF, Paleo, Vegan)

Makes 12

Calories per ball: 104/ Protein: 8g/ Carbs: 3g/ Fat: 7g

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (96g) Vanilla Brown Rice Protein
  • 1/2 cup ground Almonds
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 tsp of BetterStevia Organic stevia by Now Foods
  • 2 tbsp.(12g) cacao power
  • 2 tbsp. water

Directions:

  1. Ground Almond into a meal or use almond meal if you have on hand
  2. Combine rice protein powder, almond meal, stevia, and cacao powder and mix well.
  3. Add melted coconut oil and combine
  4. Add a tablespoon of water per time to get the mixture to the right sticky consistency.
  5. Roll mixture into 12 balls
  6. Refrigerate for an 1 hour before enjoying.

 

Sugar Free Vegan Chocolate Tahini Protein Balls covered in Sesame seeds

Chocolate Tahini Balls (SF, GF, Paleo, Vegan)

Makes 10

Calories per ball: 109/ Protein: 12g/ Carbs: 4g/ Fat: 5g

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (128g) Vanilla Brown Rice Protein
  • 2 tbsp. (26g) chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tbsp. (45g) Tahini Paste   
  • 3/4 tsp of BetterStevia Organic stevia by Now Foods
  • 3 tbsp.(18g) cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp. water

Directions:

  1. Combine rice protein powder, chia seeds, stevia, and cacao powder and mix well.
  2. Add melted coconut oil and tahini paste and combine
  3. Add a tablespoon of water per time to get the mixture to the right sticky consistency.
  4. Roll mixture into 10 balls
  5. Refrigerate for an 1 hour before enjoying.

 

Vegan Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls with chocolate chips

Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls
(LS, GF, Paleo, Vegan)

Makes 12

Calories per ball: 113/ Protein: 11g/ Carbs: 2.8g/ Fat: 6g

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup (96g) Vanilla Brown Rice Protein
  • 6 tbsp. (96g)  Almond butter
  • 2 tbsp. (16g) coconut flour
  • 3/4 tsp of BetterStevia Organic stevia by Now Foods 
  • 30g of 85% dark Chocolate, broken into little pieces (could sub with chocolate chips)
  • 2 tbsp. water

Directions:

  1. Combine rice protein powder, coconut flour, and stevia. Then mix well.
  2. Add almond butter and combine
  3. Add a tablespoon of water per time to get the mixture to the right sticky consistency.
  4. Add broken pieces of chocolate and gentle combine
  5. Roll mixture into 10 balls
  6. Refrigerate for a 1/2 an hour before enjoying.

 

Sugar Free Creamy Macadamia Protein Balls covered in shredded coconut

Creamy Macadamia Protein Balls (SF, GF, Paleo, Vegan)

Makes 20

Calories per ball: 122/ Protein: 6g/ Carbs: 4g/ Fat: 10g

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (64g) Vanilla Brown Rice Protein
  • 1/2 cup (38g) unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup (250g) almond butter
  • 1/2 cup (55g) crushed up raw macadamia nuts
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence
  • 3/4 tsp of BetterStevia Organic stevia by Now Foods
  • 2 tbsp. water

Directions:

  1. Combine rice protein powder, desiccated coconut, crushed macadamia nuts, and stevia. Then mix well.
  2. Add almond butter and vanilla essence, then combine well.
  3. Add a tablespoon of water per time to get the mixture to the right sticky consistency.
  4. Roll mixture into 20 balls
  5. Refrigerate for a 1/2 an hour before enjoying.

 

Matcha Date Protein Balls

 

Matcha Date Protein Balls  (GF, Paleo, Vegan)

Makes 20

Calories per ball: 83/ Protein: 5g/ Carbs: 12g (10g sugar)/ Fat: 2g

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (96g) Vanilla Rice Protein powder
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 12 fresh Medjool dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup (19g) unsweetened desiccated coconut 
  • 2 tsp.(8g) matcha powder
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. water

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a powerful food process and combine for one minute until everything is blended well.
  2. Roll mixture into 20 balls
  3. Refrigerate for a 1/2 an hour before enjoying.

 

sugar free Lemon Chia Protein Balls rolled in shredded coconut

Lemon Chia Protein Balls ( SF, NF, GF, Paleo, Vegan)

Makes 10

Calories per ball: 73/ Protein: 11g/ Carbs: 3g/ Fat: 2g

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (128g) Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Powder
  • ¼ cup (19g)  unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • juice from 1 lemon (4 tbsp)
  • 3/4 tsp of BetterStevia Organic stevia by Now Foods
  • 8 tbsps. water
  • 1 tbsp. (13g) chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Combine rice protein powder, desiccated coconut, chia seeds, and stevia. Then mix well.
  2. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, and water and combine well.
  3. Roll mixture into 10 balls
  4. Refrigerate for an hour before enjoying (but they actually taste better the next day!)

 

Sugar Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls
(SF, GF, Paleo, Vegan)

Makes 12

Calories per ball: 123/ Protein: 11g/ Carbs: 4g/ Fat: 7g

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (128g) Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Powder
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup (125g) organic 100% peanut butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp. (12g) cacao powder
  • 3/4 tsp of BetterStevia Organic stevia by Now Foods

 

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl and combine well using your hands.
  2. Make 12 protein balls
  3. Refrigerate for 1/2 an hour before enjoying (taste amazing the following day!)

 

Sugar Free Carrot Cake Protein Balls

Carrot Cake Protein Balls (NF, GF, Paleo, Vegan)

Makes 15

Calories per ball: 86/ Protein: 6g/ Carbs: 9g (7g sugar)/ Fat: 3g

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Powder
  • 1/3 cup (25g) unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 6 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup (60g) grated carrot
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Add dates and desiccated coconut in a high-power food processor until combined.
  2. Add protein powder, grated carrots, cinnamon, cloves, coconut oil and sea salt. Blend well together. (use hands if processor is having a hard time)
  3. Add chia seeds but do not blend, just combine well using your hands.prote
  4. Roll mixture into 15 balls
  5. Refrigerate for an hour before enjoying!

 

Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls covered in Shredded coconut

Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls (SF, NF, GF, Paleo, Vegan)

Makes 15

Calories per ball: 57/ Protein: 7g/ Carbs: 2g/ Fat: 2g

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (128g)Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Powder
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • ¼ tsp. allspice
  • 3/4 tsp of BetterStevia Organic stevia by Now Foods

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl and combine well.
  2. Roll 15 balls from mixture
  3. Refrigerate for 1/2 an hour before enjoying.

Vegan Quinoa Batter Protein Balls

Quinoa Batter Protein Balls (Vegan, LS)

Makes 20

Calories per ball: 112/ Protein: 8g/ Carbs: 8g (2g sugar)/ Fat: 5g

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (128g) Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Powder
  • 1/2 cup (125g) organic peanut butter
  • 2 cup (370g) cooked quinoa (could use uncooked rolled oats instead as well)
  • 1/2 cup (51g) almond meal
  • 1/2 cup (45g) organic raw goji berries
  • 3/4 tsp of BetterStevia Organic stevia by Now Foods

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl (except for goji berries) and combine well
  2. Add goji berries and gently mix through
  3. Roll mixture into 20 balls
  4. Refrigerate for an hour before enjoying!

 

Sugar Free ABC Protein Balls covered in shredded coconut

 

ABC Protein Balls (SF, GF, Paleo, Vegan)

Makes 12

Calories per ball: 120/ Protein: 7.5g/ Carbs: 2g/ Fat: 9.25g

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup (64g) Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Powder
  • ¼ cup (35g) almonds
  • ¼ cup (33g) brazil nuts
  • ¼ cup (37.5g) cashew nuts
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 tsp of BetterStevia Organic stevia by Now Foods
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients in your food processor and process for at least 1 minute until everything is all smooth
  2. Roll your mixture into 12 balls
  3. Refrigerate for at an hour before enjoying!

 

Sugar Free Antioxidant Protein Balls covered in shredded coconut and raspberries

Antioxidant Protein Balls (SF, NF, GF, Paleo, Vegan)

Makes 10

Calories per ball: 107.5/ Protein: 8.5g/ Carbs: 3.7g/ Fat: 6g

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (128g) vanilla brown rice protein powder
  • ½ large Avocado (60g)
  • 1 ounce. goji berries (28g)
  • 1 tbsp. Maca Powder (15g)
  • 1 tbsp. Wheatgrass juice powder (I used this one)
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds (13g)
  • 3  tbsp. cacao powder (18g)
  • 3/4 tsp. of BetterStevia Organic stevia by Now Foods
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. water

Directions:

  1. Combine protein powder, avocado, maca powder, cacao powder, stevia, and vanilla extract into your food processor and processor until smooth.
  2. Add water bit by bit to reach the right dough-like consistency
  3. Move mixture into a mixing bowl and gentle stir through goji berries and chia seeds
  4. Roll the mixture into 10 balls
  5. Refrigerate for half an hour before enjoying!

 

Sugar Free Fudge Chocolate Protein Balls covered in Cacao powder

Fudge Chocolate Protein Balls (SF, NF, Vegan, GF)

Makes 10

Calories per ball: 102/ Protein: 7g/ Carbs: 5g/ Fat: 6g

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup (64g)Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Powder
  • 1 cup butter beans, drained and rinsed (could use black beans or chickpeas)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tbsp. Cacao powder
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp. of BetterStevia Organic stevia by Now Foods
  • 2 tbsps. water

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into your food processor and process until all combined and smooth
  2. Roll mixture into 10 balls and coat with extra cacao powder if desired
  3. Refrigerate for an hour before enjoying!

 

Sugar Free Omega 3 Protein Balls covered in linseeds

Omega 3 Protein Balls (SF, GF, Vegan, Paleo)

Makes 18

Calories per ball: 96/ Protein: 6g/ Carbs: 3g/ Fat: 7g

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (96g) vanilla Brown Rice protein
  • 2 tbsp. (26g) flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp. (26g)Chia seeds
  • 1 cup (125g) pecans
  • 1/4 cup. (60g) Almond Butter
  • 3/4 tsp. of BetterStevia Organic stevia by Now Foods
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

  1. Grind flaxseeds, chia seeds, and peacans until roughly chopped
  2. Combine the flaxseed mixture with all remaining ingredients and process for at least a minute in your food processor until your get a dough like consistency
  3. Roll your mixture into 18 balls
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before enjoying!

 

Sugar Free Vegan Sleep Tight Protein Balls

Sleep Tight Protein Balls (Best Before Bed Snack)
(SF, GF, Vegan, Paleo)

Makes 20

Calories per ball: 81/ Protein: 4g/ Carbs: 5g/ Fat: 6g

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of canned butter beans, drained and rinsed (can be subbed for sweet potato or pumpkin)
  • ¼ cup (32.5g) pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup (120g) almond butter
  • 1 ounce. (28g) sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp. (26g) chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp. (20g) cacao powder
  • 3/4 tsp. of BetterStevia Organic stevia by Now Foods

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into your food processor and process until you’ve reached a dough-like consistency
  2. Roll your mixture into 20 balls
  3. Refrigerate for an hour before enjoying.

Vegan Blueberry Muffin Protein Balls rolled in dried blueberries

Blueberry Muffin Protein Balls (GF, Vegan)

Makes 20

Calories per ball: 106/ Protein: 7g/ Carbs: 11g (5g sugar)/ Fat: 4g

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (128g) Vanilla brown rice protein powder
  • 1/2 cup (130g) almonds
  • 1/2 cup (128g) organic cashew butter 
  • 1 cup (160g) dried blueberries unsweetened (I used these ones here)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsps. fresh lemon juice
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into your food processor and process until you’ve reached a dough-like consistency
  2. Roll your mixture into 20 balls
  3. Refrigerate for an hour before enjoying!

Sugar Free High Fiber Protein Balls covered in cocoa powder

High Fiber Protein Balls (SF, GF, Vegan, Paleo)

Makes 10

Calories per ball: 112/ Protein: 9g/ Carbs: 2.3g/ Fat: 7.1g

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup (64g) Vanilla brown rice protein powder
  • ¼ cup (60g) almond butter
  • 2 tbsp. (18g) Psyllium husk
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 3/4 tsp. of BetterStevia Organic stevia by Now Foods
  • 1 tbsp. (13g) chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. (15g) cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp. water

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl
  2. Add water until you get the right dough-like consistency
  3. Roll your mixture into 10 balls
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before enjoying.

 

Sugar Free Hormone-Balancing Protein Balls covered in coconut oil

Hormone-Balancing Protein Balls
(SF, GF, Vegan, Paleo)

Makes 12

Calories per ball: 103/ Protein: 6g/ Carbs: 4g/ Fat: 7g

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup (64g) Vanilla brown rice protein powder
  • ¼ cup (28g) pecans
  • ¼ cup (42g) flax seeds
  • ¼ cup (40g) hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp. wheat grass juice powder
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 3 serves (15g) maca powder
  • 3/4 tsp. of BetterStevia Organic stevia by Now Foods
  • 2 tbsp. (15g) cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp. water

Directions:

  1. Grind pecans, flax seeds, and hemp seeds until roughly chopped
  2. Combine all remaining into a mixing bowl and mix well. Add water bit by bit to get your dough-like consistency
  3. Make 12 balls with your mixture
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, before enjoying!

 

Healthy Peanut Butter Blondie Protein Balls
(SF, GF, Vegan)

Makes 24

Calories per ball: 119/ Protein: 6.3g/ Carbs: 7.3g (2.2g fiber)/ Fat: 7.7g

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 oz) can of organic chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained well
  • 1 cup organic 100% peanut butter
  • 1 cup rice protein powder
  • 3/4 tsp. of BetterStevia Organic stevia by Now Foods (can be subbed for 1/2 cup coconut sugar or Coconut nectar)
  • 1 cup pure water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (I used 90% chocolate and broke them into pieces)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor (except for chocolate chips) and process until smooth.
  2.  Remove mixture into a mixing bowl and add chocolate chips to your mixture
  3. Gentle roll mixture into 24 balls
  4. Freeze balls until you’re ready to eat!

 

Recipe Substitute Ideas:

  • The vanilla rice protein powder that I use can be swapped for rolled oats, LSA, ground almonds, whey protein powder, or any vegan protein powders you like 
  • If you’re not a fan of stevia you can use rice malt syrup, coconut nectar, or honey instead. I suggest using less than what I have used for stevia. My favorite and recommended organic stevia is by Now Foods.
  • Almond butter can be subbed for peanut butter or sun butter in any of the recipes
  • Almond meal/flour can be replaced with sunflower or hazelnut meal. It can also be replaced with coconut flour, rolled oats, or even buckwheat flour.
  • Cacao powder can be swapped for unsweetened cocoa powder. I recommend avoiding “dutch cocoa powder” because it has been stripped from all its antioxidant properties.
  • Chia seeds can be swapped with Flaxseeds
  • If ever you don’t like something I’ve used just skip it out entirely

 

P.S     These protein ball recipes are a great snack for weight loss when you make them yourself at home, with healthy fats, lean vegan protein powders, and omit all sugars. I highly recommend any of the above recipes if you’re wanting to eat healthier.

To purchase all the ingredients you need for the protein balls, save yourself a trip to the healthy food store and avoid overpaying for things you can get on Iherb here.

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