Sugar Free Protein Balls With Vanilla + Coconut
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.
NUTRITION – Balls only
Protein: 6 g
Total Fats: 4.2 g
Carbs: 0.5 g
Energy: 256 kj / 61 cals
Fibre: 1.0 g