Sugar Free Protein Balls

I had to share this delicious and quick power snack that my clients have been loving lately. These sugar free protein balls are so easy to make. I usually make a batch for the week and find they keep me super satisfied when I need a quick energy boost – or have a sugar craving! Because they’re free from processed sugar, you won’t experience the same blood sugar roller coaster.

Try whipping up a batch this week – you’ll be prepped with healthy snacks before the work week even starts. And get creative! You can try a variety of different nuts and mix-ins to make each bite uniquely delicious. I have loved using Growing Naturals chocolate protein powder in mine.

Learn how to make this step-by-step, along with other quick and easy protein-rich snack ideas in The JSHealth Program.

 

Sugar-Free Protein Balls

 

Makes: 10

 

Ingredients:  

  • 4 tbsp. LSA mix (linseed, sunflower, almond meal) or 4 tbsp. chocolate/vanilla pea/whey/rice protein powder (basically two heaped scoops of your protein powder)
  • 2 tbsp. mixed seeds (I like pumpkin and sunflower seeds)
  • 1 tbsp. cacao (can omit)
  • 2 heaped tbsp. almond butter (or any nut butter)
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds/psyllium husk – for the fibre hit
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2-3 tsp. stevia powder/6 vanilla stevia drops
  • 1/4-1/2 cup warm filtered water – start small and add more as needed
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut, for rolling (can omit)

 

Method:

  1. In a high-powered blender or food processor, add all the ingredients and blend until the mixture is smooth. If the mixture is too wet, add more LSA mix; if the mixture is too dry, add a splash of warm water.
  2. Spread the desiccated coconut over a plate.
  3. Roll into balls of your desired size and roll in the desiccated coconut.
  4. Place balls into a air-proof container and refrigerate for up to 7 days.

 

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  • Liz

    Hi Jess,
    Always wanted to try these types of balls or similar as they seem like such a cool idea, but never attempted it until now due to lack of a food processor or high-power blender – turns out you don’t need one after all! I just pre-ground the seeds in the cheap coffee grinder that I bought recently for making LSA, then mixed everything else in a mixing bowl with a spoon.
    Did a few alterations though – 1 tblspn maple syrup instead of the Stevia, included sesame in the mixed seeds, and added 3 medjool dates (chopped into small pieces & soaked briefly in the water) and also 1 tspn chia seeds. Had to add extra LSA to dry the mix. Then coated in cacao or the desiccated coconut.
    Haven’t tried the finished product yet but they look amazing! Licking the bowl was great too & great that I didn’t have to worry I was eating raw egg. I especially love the hint of cinnamon!
    As almond butter is pretty expensive (don’t usually buy it, but decided I wanted to try this recipe), I was quite tempted to use peanut butter instead, but was wondering how that would affect the nutritional value?
    Looking forward to sharing these with some of my vegan/vegetarian friends tomorrow. Can’t wait to try out another version next weekend now! Thanks for the inspiration, keep up the good work! 🙂

    • THANK YOU!! When I read “stevia”, I cringed, as I’m hypersensitive to it. Seeing your “tweaks” is just perfect!!!

  • nhing

    thank you jessica. i LOVE your choc protein ball recipes! This and the cottage cheese one.

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  • Ivy

    What is LSA? Sounds like some type of seed mixture, but I can’t find any more info about it on your website.

    • Hi Ivy, LSA is ‘linseed, sunflower seeds and almond meal’

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  • Ellie

    Hello, Would these be ok to freeze?

  • These look amazing! Did I miss somewhere what the coating is on the outside?

  • Amy

    Should the cocoa be unsweetened? Also I was wondering too about using PB instead of almond butter. Thanks!

    • Try and use raw cacao powder, unsweetened, if you can! And Peanut Butter would definitely work instead of almond butter 🙂

  • Lauren Walker

    I don’t use stevia and wanted to know what to use as an alternate

    • You could use any sweetener you prefer! Maple syrup or brown rice syrup are good substitutes 🙂

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