Protein balls

RECIPE: 5 easy protein balls to make at home

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5 irresistible and easy recipes for power-packed protein balls - delicious, healthy and great for when you’re on the go!

It’s the afternoon; your energy is flagging and it’s oh-so it’s tempting to grab a sugary treat. 

But try swapping that chocolate biscuit for a protein ball crammed with health-giving ingredients such as protein powder, chia seeds, nuts and dried fruits.

Here, five irresistible recipes for goodness in the round.

Choc, orange & hazelnut protein balls

  • ⅔ cups of shredded or desiccated coconut plus extra for coating
  • 1 cup of hazelnut meal
  • ¼ cup roasted hazelnuts
  • ⅓ cup cacao powder
  • 10 Medjool dates (or 1 cup soaked dates)
  • Zest and freshly squeezed juice of one medium orange
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter
Put all ingredients into a food processor and blitz until combined

Roll into small balls. Roll in the added coconut. Place on a lined tray and pop in the fridge until serving

Vanilla cranberry pistachio protein balls

  • 1 cup dried, cranberries
  • 1 orange, juiced and zested
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp rice malt syrup
  • ¾ cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ½ cup pistachio nuts
In a food processor, blitz the cranberries, orange juice and zest, coconut oil and rice malt syrup until a rough sticky paste is formed

Add vanilla protein powder and the walnuts and blitz again until a dough is formed. If your dough isn’t coming together, add a tablespoon of water at a time until it does

Transfer the dough to a bowl and then begin shaping portions into round balls. 

To create the pistachio coating, blitz the pistachios in a blender or food processor until it resembles something like fine sand with a few larger chunks in there too. Pour this out onto a chopping board and roll each of the balls in it until they are well coated.

Swap out the protein powder with Blackmores Smart Heart™ to help keep your blood cholesterol levels in check.

Almond & cherry protein balls

  • 1 cup almonds
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ½ cup cashews
  • 1&fra12; cups dried cherries
  • 8 pitted Medjool dates
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp water
Put all dry ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add water and process until mixture comes together.

Using wet hands, roll into bite-sized balls. Place in a sealed container in the fridge. Eat within a week.

Recipe by Clean Program

Peanut butter protein balls

  • 1½ cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup vanilla whey protein powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp raw honey
  • ⅓ cup raisins or cranberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tbsp almond milk
Put all dry ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add vanilla and 2 tbsp almond milk and process until mixture comes together. Add more almond milk if mixture looks too dry.

Using wet hands, roll into bite-sized balls. Place in a sealed container in the fridge. Eat within a week.

Pistachio & pear protein balls

  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 cup dried pears
  • ½ cup cashews
  • ½ cup shelled pistachios, plus ½ cup finely chopped pistachios extra, for rolling
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp cashew butter
  • 2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 3 tbsp water
Put all dry ingredients (except for extra pistachios) in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add water and process until mixture comes together.

Roll into bite-sized balls. Put the extra finely chopped pistachios on a sheet of baking paper. Roll balls in the pistachios.

Place in a sealed container in the fridge. Eat within a week.