Low Carb Protein Balls (Date-free, Sugar-free, Oat-free)

While we were on holiday up on the Gold Coast, I tried out goodMix’s new protein ball mix (we found them while wandering round the markets up there). I liked their pre-mix because it was super clean, contained certified organic ingredients, was vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and best of all… oat-free! (I’m super intolerant to oats and find it really challenging to get a good bliss ball mix that’s oat-free).

Any who, the mix was so easy to prepare, tasted amaaaazing, but it was really high in calories and a little too sweet for my liking (I’m not a huge fan of dates).

The protein ball mix by goodMix Superfoods we made while away on holiday.

So, I set about finding a great protein ball recipe I could make while away travelling to have on-the-go that wouldn’t be so high carb/kcal, was low in sugar/sugar-free, oat-free (super important!), gluten-free, actually high in protein (because a lot of the bliss ball recipes I’ve made/bought in the past aren’t that high in protein… has anyone else found this?!), and date-free, because almost ALL the recipes I’ve found in the past have contained dates (which are quite high carb, high sugar, and just a little too sweet for me).

The protein balls are oat-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, vegan, grain-free, sugar-free, date-free, low carb, high protein, and absolutely delish <3

Any who… my little spiel leads me to this. Ladies and gentleman, I have the ultimate protein ball recipe that incorporates all these things! *cue round of applause* 😉

Below are a couple different protein ball recipes in case you want a little variety in your bliss ball routine, the first however is my favourite and my go-to for when I’m in the mood for bliss balls.

I hope ya like ’em! <3

I use the protein powder Nuzest (just natural) which is really clean and best of all is tested for heavy metals, pesticides, solvents and other contaminants, including arsenic, cadmium, mercury and lead.

Before we get started in learning how to make these delicious, healthy protein balls – if you like what you’re seeing, subscribe to my email newsletter at the bottom of the page to keep up to date on the latest recipes, DIYs, gardening and health tips I share!!

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If the consistency is too runny, add more protein powder or cacao powder, if too crumbly or dry, add more coconut oil (though the quantities recommended should yield consistent results).

Other protein balls to make

Low Carb Sugar-Free Protein Bliss Balls

Chocolate coconut protein balls (sugar-free, low carb)

Note: before we get started, just a few little tips to keep in mind. Blend your ingredients in a food processor or blender, adding your coconut oil last as a binder. It may take a bit of time to combine, so just be patient and let the coconut oil smooth out the ingredients in the food processor. Be sure to let the batter chill in the fridge to set (as we’re not using a syrup, only coconut oil, so this step is important to help the batter stick and stay together). After that, simply roll it all together with extra shredded coconut (optional).

All the ingredients used are naturally low in sugar OR sugar free, loaded with antioxidants, healthy fats, and most importantly, protein!

These protein balls are no-bake, so take no time at all to make and are ready in minutes! (they’re great for a quick snack to take on-the-go or to make while on holiday, when looking for something healthy to eat!)

These bites are keto friendly, vegan, paleo, gluten-free, and made with real food to fuel your body, mind, and soul <3

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup ground flax meal
  • 4 tbsp almond butter or peanut butter (for a nut-free option, use sunflower seed butter)
  • 2 heaping tbsp pure cacao powder
  • 2 servings (50 g) just natural (OR chocolate) Nuzest protein powder (this is the one I use – it’s super clean!)
  • 1–2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, plus more to coat the balls
  • 2–3 tbsp cacao nibs (optional)

To make:

  1. Place flax meal, nut butter (or sunflower seed butter), and cacao powder in food processor. Blend until combined.
  2. Next, add in protein powder, shredded coconut, and coconut oil and blend until a smooth batter is formed. This might take a couple minutes, so be sure to stop the food processor or blender and scrape down the sides, then continue to blend until smooth.
  3. Transfer batter into a large mixing bowl and stir in cacao nibs. Roll the batter into one large ball, cover with a reusable silicon sheet, and place in the fridge to firm up for about 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the batter from fridge and then roll the dough into balls about the size of a golf ball.
  5. Roll each ball in the extra shredded coconut before storing in the fridge or freezer .
  6. Freeze right away for 20 minutes (to harden), then store in fridge or freezer to maintain freshness. It’ll keep up to 2 months.

Protein ball recipe tutorial

Vanilla coconut low carb protein balls (sugar-free)

To make:

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well using a fork to combine everything.
  2. Form into small bite size balls. I used a tablespoon to scoop it out and then rolled them in my hands.
  3. Roll in extra coconut if you like.
  4. Place them in an air tight container in the fridge or freezer.

Notes:

  • Do NOT melt the coconut oil to make these. Keep mixing with other ingredients and it will form a dough. You can use a food processor too, it just might get a little too soft and can be difficult to clean up.
  • When rolling the balls in your hands, the batter may become quite sticky (due to the coconut heating up). To help with this, roll a ball and then drop it in the extra coconut (it makes it easier to shape). Another option is to put the batter in the fridge for 1/2 hour to set a little before rolling.
  • If the dough seems too crumbly, add in a bit more coconut oil. If the dough is too runny, either add more shredded coconut or protein powder.
  • Alternatively, instead of almond butter you can use other nut butters like peanut butter or sunflower seed butter (for a nut-free option) for these bliss balls.

Have you made protein balls before? Share your favourite recipe below! We love getting your suggestions on recipes to try!

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa

Sources:

Cotter, Lindsay. (May 30, 2019). Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls (Low Sugar). Cotter Crunch. Retrieved from https://www.cottercrunch.com/chocolate-coconut-protein-balls/

Wright, Denise. (January 6, 2021). Chocolate Coconut Keto Protein Balls. My Life Cookbook. Retrieved from https://mylifecookbook.com/low-carb-chocolate-coconut-protein-bites/