Sugar Free Protein Balls With Vanilla + Coconut

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I love making my protein balls and always have a batch in the fridge for when I crave something chocolately and indulgent.  I’ve been asked to design a protein ball recipe for those who are on Sugar Free eating plans.  Here is one that is sure to satisfy and delight.! It’s pretty simple  - only using 3 core ingredients….the rest can be left to your imagination.  I’ve used a little stevia in this recipe to make them sugar free  - but hubby loves his with the addition of a little raw honey.  I also love these balls with fresh made macadamia nut butter which gives them even extra goodness and creaminess.

What’s good about them:
The golden colour and smooth buttery flavour of cold pressed macadamia oil makes it simply irresistible. It’s a beautiful anti-inflammatory fat, high in monounsaturated oleic acids and antioxidants that support cardiovascular health. Coconut butter includes the meat of the coconut that is a rich source of lauric acid that has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Proteins are made up of organic compounds called amino acids and are essential nutrients you can’t live without. Whenever the body is growing, repairing or replacing tissue, protein is involved. Proteins are found in your skin, bones, muscle and all your organ tissue. In addition, they are used to produce hormones, enzymes and haemoglobin that carry oxygen in the blood. Complete protein is also rich in BCAA’s.  Studies show that BCAA’s can reduce fatigue and improve exercise performance, reduce muscle breakdown and facilitate healing.

Vanilla Coconut Protein Balls
1 cup (100 g ) Organic Coconut Butter or Home made – Macadamia nut Butter
1/2 cup (60 g ) Healthy Chef Protein
1/2 cup (50 g ) organic desiccated or flaked coconut
1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder or seeds from 1/4  vanilla pod
5 – 6 tablespoons cold filtered water
4  drops Organic liquid Stevia (optional ) – see notes below

Combine coconut butter, protein, coconut and vanilla into a food processor.
Mix for 1 minute or until the bowl of yumminess looks combined and resembled crumbs.
Add water and stevia if using then mix again until the protein balls combine and can be formed into small luscious balls.
Roll in extra coconut and place in the fridge to set or alternatively coat lightly in Naked Dipping Chocoalt below.
Makes 14 Balls

Naked Dipping Chocolat (for coating optional  -  its delicious)
3 tablespoons finely chopped cacao butter
2  tablespoons Naked Chocolat

To coat the balls.
Gently melt the cacao butter in a small bowl over a pot of simmering water or in a cup.
Stir in Naked chocolat until combined.
Taste and sweeten if necessary with a little stevia or your choice of sweetener.
Dip each ball lightly into the chocolat and allow to set.
Enjoy as is or decorate with your choice of:
sea salt – cacao nibs – freeze dried raspberries etc…
Makes 14 Balls

Replace 1/2 cup coconut butter with 1/2 cup macadamia butter  - it gives the balls a lovely creamy flavour PLUS they are high in heart healthy anti-inflammatory mono-unsaturated fats similar to olive oil.
Add 1 teaspoon raw honey in place of the stevia.  This functional food is rich in enzymes, trace minerals and polyphenols.
Add dried or freeze dried cherries or raspberries..delicious !
Both Healthy Chef Native WPI and Organic Protein can be used in this recipe.

To make my Original and purely delicious Protein Power Balls CLICK HERE.


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16 Responses to “Sugar Free Protein Balls With Vanilla + Coconut”
  1. Hannah says:

    Can we use coconut oil?

  2. Sarah says:

    Yum! What can we use for the chocolate topping if we do not have your naked Chocolat?

  3. Marilla says:

    Teresa, what coconut butter do you use? I’ve got some Macro organic cashew nut butter so might try with that over the weekend. Thanks!!

  4. Sharon says:

    Hi Theresa,
    These sound great but I’m curious if it’s safe to use stevia whilst pregnant or not?

    • Hi Sharon -Stevia is a sugar-free natural sweetener made from the leaves of the Stevia plant. It has been cultivated and consumed by traditional South American cultures for hundreds of years and more recently, has emerged as a popular sugar substitute around the world. Referred to as a ‘sweet herb’, stevia leaf contains sweet tasting compounds called steviol glycosides, which are extracted by steeping the dried leaves in water then drying the extract.

      It is a fantastic natural sugar alternative and particularly useful for people with diabetes, poor blood sugar control, weight management and sugar intolerances.

      Always look for the purest sources of leaf stevia as opposed to more refined varieties that may contain added sugar alcohols (e.g. Erythritol) and cause digestive symptoms in sensitive people.

      Sharon – if you don’t want to use stevia – you don’t have too ! My favourite of all time is raw or manuka honey. x

      T:) x

  5. Debbie says:

    Hannah I make these all the time a batch a week like Teresa and use coconut oil as the base, then add any nut butter,hemp protein powder cocoa carob mix, coconut, stevia then add what else you want roasted nuts, raisins yum the coconut oil is so good for us.

  6. Silvana says:

    Thanks for the recipe Theresa. I’m one of those people who asked for a sugar/fruit free protein ball. I was on a strict candida diet and couldn’t find a protein ball without fruit, which I wasn’t allowed to have. I still needed something to snack on between meals, and that I could transport without refrigeration. Thanks for putting this recipe together. Much appreciated. S

  7. Margi says:

    Just made these, I used a green apple because I’m on the candida diet & added 5 drops of vanilla stevia. They are so yummy my husband ate them straight from the oven with butter & honey (he has a sweet tooth). Trying to find a treat we can both eat has been difficult thanks so much Teresa :) xx

    • Oh WOW you baked them !!! they are meant to be no – bake – however I’m always open to experimentation – I’ll throw some in the oven and see what happens !! x :)

  8. Melissa says:

    Can i use my vitamix for this recipe?
    If so what setting do you suggest please

  9. Healthy says:

    I can’t bear to see that chocolate on the baking paper…I hope you scraped it up and ‘reused’ it! :)

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