You can never have too many protein balls! I use to purchase protein balls all the time because they are easy to grab on the go and give me that natural energy boost I need to power through my day. I was spending so much money on them and after really reading the nutrition labels, the brands I bought had tons of added sugars, preservatives and processed ingredients.
The Coconut Caramel Protein Ball recipe below is packed with fiber, plant-based protein, vitamins & minerals and includes no processed sugars or preservatives.
One of the main ingredients in this recipe is medjool dates – dates are actually a fruit. They have quite a bit of natural sugar, so they will give you loads of energy without spiking your blood sugar levels and leaving you with a sugar crash.
These balls are great for meal prepping when you have time and grabbing them for breakfast or snacks through out your day when you need a boost or just want something quick & delicious!
Ingredients you will need:
1 cup medjool dates (pre-soaked in water for 5-10 minutes)
1 cup cashews
1/4 cup tahini
2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
1 cup oats, gluten-free, if necessary
1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/3 cup flaxseeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tbsp coconut sugar
1. Place dates, cashews, tahini & maple syrup in a food processor & place on high.
2. Mix the remaining ingredients: oats, coconut, flax, hemp & chia seeds, cinnamon & coconut sugar in separate bowl.
3. Add the ingredients in the food processor to the dry ingredients and mix until evenly coated.
4. Roll mixture into balls. It should make about 18 protein balls.
What is your favorite protein ball flavor? Let me know if the comment box below.
Health Benefits from the ingredients in the Protein Balls:
Cashews promote heart health, increase energy, boost brain function, support bone & blood health
Chia Seeds aid digestion, increase energy, support blood sugar regulation & weight loss, improve brain function
Cinnamon improves circulation, supports blood sugar regulation & balanced appetite, promotes heart health
Dates support cardiovascular health & circulation, aid digestion
Flaxseeds promote heart health, improve brain function, balance hormones, reduce inflammation & aid digestion
Hemp Seeds support brain health, aid weight loss & digestion, improve cholesterol
Maple Syrup reduces inflammation, boosts immune system
Tahini supports skin & muscle health