Date-Free Protein Balls: Low-Carb, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free & Oat-Free

These bliss balls are high protein, keto-friendly, vegan, gluten-free, paleo, oat-free, date-free, allergen-friendly, can be made nut-free, and made with real food to fuel your mind and body.

While we were on holiday up on the Gold Coast, I tried out goodMix‘s new protein ball mix, which we discovered at one of the local markets. I love 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.

The mix tasted incredible, but it was really high in calories and a little too sweet for my liking.

So, I set about creating my own protein ball recipe that I could make when travelling to that matched this criteria; low carb/kcal, low sugar/sugar-free, oat-free (super important!), gluten-free, actually high in protein (because a lot of the bliss ball recipes I’ve found aren’t that high in protein), and date-free, as almost ALL the recipes I’ve found contained dates (which are quite high carb and high sugar).

Ladies and gentleman, I have the ultimate protein ball recipe that incorporates all these things!

Before we get started in learning how to make these low-carb, sugar-free 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!!

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).

If you make these protein balls, please let me know! Leave a comment below, and if you take a picture and share it, please tag me on Instagram @simplynaturalnessa or use the hashtag #simplynaturalnessa so I can see! I’d love to know how you went!

Low-Carb Sugar-Free Protein Balls

Before we get started, there are just a few little tips I want to share with you;

  • 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 work its magic.
  • Be sure to let the batter chill in the fridge to set. As we’re not using a syrup, this helps the batter stick together.

Chocolate/Vanilla Coconut Protein Balls

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!)

The protein powder I use is Nuzest. It has the tick of approval from my naturopath as being a good quality protein powder. They routinely test their products for heavy metals, pesticides, solvents and other contaminants, and can guarantee their products are entirely clean and free of contaminants. Their plant protein is also free of lectins, a harmful – naturally occurring – compound found in peas and other legumes in high amounts.

If using a plain protein powder that’s unsweetened, add in 2 heaping tablespoons cacao powder to give a chocolatey taste to these protein balls, or 1-2 teaspoons vanilla essence for a delicious vanilla flavour.

When making these protein balls…

  • Do NOT melt the coconut oil. Keep mixing with the other ingredients and it will form a dough.
  • When rolling the balls, the batter can become quite sticky, so to help with this, roll a ball and then drop it in the extra coconut.
  • If the dough is too crumbly, add a little more coconut oil. If the dough is too runny, add more shredded coconut or protein powder.


To make:

  1. Place flaxseed meal, nut butter and protein powder in a food processor or blender, and process until combined.
  2. Next, add the shredded coconut and coconut oil and blend until a smooth batter forms. This might take a couple minutes, so be sure to stop the food processor, scrape down the sides, then continue blending until smooth.
  3. Roll the batter into one large ball, cover with a reusable silicon sheet or plastic wrap, and place in the fridge to firm up for about 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the batter from fridge and roll into individual balls, about the size of a golf ball.
  5. Roll each ball in shredded coconut before placing in an airtight container.
  6. Freeze right away for 20 minutes (to harden), then store in fridge or freezer to maintain freshness. Will keep for up to 2 months.
I use the protein powder Nuzest (just natural flavour) which is really clean and best of all, tested for heavy metals, pesticides, solvents and other contaminants, including arsenic, cadmium, mercury and lead.

DIY protein ball tutorial

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.

Have you made protein balls before? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa