No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls (Easy, Healthy, Paleo)
A delicious blend of coconut and vegan protein powder-coated in healthy chocolate. These no-bake protein balls are the perfect blend of indulgence and fuel. Made without oats, these protein balls are the ideal way to stay full and curb a chocolate craving. They make an easy no-bake snack or mini pick-me-up mid-day!
When it comes to snacks I am a huge fan of anything "bite-sized" that I can pop into my mouth and devour in under thirty seconds. While this may not be the healthiest of habits, it is an effective one to stay full as a mom!
This protein balls recipe fits right into that category as not only are they easy to make but they're a pop-in-your-mouth treat that's actually fueling!
Are The Protein Balls A Dessert Or Snack?
Though these balls do have a healthy amount of protein in them (just about ten grams per serving), they also contain some sugars.
The recipe uses honey to sweeten the balls (in addition to coconut) and so in my opinion they can count of an indulgent snack or a healthy dessert.
Does The Protein Powder Have To Be Vegan?
Though eliminating whey powders and dairy in general can be beneficial (here's how to eliminate dairy and not hate life), these protein balls need a vegan protein powder for another reason.
Plant-based protein powder tends to "fluff up" and bind better as it absorbs liquid. this gives the coconut protein balls a bit of a light feeling to them... which makes them alarmingly easy to eat 😉 Learn more about the differeces between whey and pea protein.
Conversely, while I think whey protein would blend into the balls well, I'm not sure they would hold together. Also, whey tends to be sweeter than vegan protein powder so truthfully I think they'd end up "sickly" sweet.
Choosing A Vegan Protein Powder
These no-bake protein balls have been made with a few vegan protein powders. Specifically, Genuine Health Fermented Powder as well as Progressives Fermented Protein Powder.
Progessive’s Harmonized Fermented Vegan Protein Powder is a blend of five non-GMO legumes, grains, and seeds.
It’s allergy-friendly (no dairy, gluten, nuts, or soy) and is sweetened with only stevia and monk fruit.
But best of all is that this protein is fermented. This helps break down the “anti-nutrient” in grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes that often causes bloating.
So this protein powder not only contains 23g of protein per serving but it also aids digestion and helps keep you bloat-free!
TIP: Make sure to use a vanilla protein powder. Because of the honey, coconut and chocolate chips in this recipe, using a flavored (sweetened) protein powder makes them a bit too sweet.
- ⅓ cup vegan vanilla protein powder (about one scoop)
- 1 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- ⅛ cup raw honey
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 tablespoon almond milk
- 1 tablespoon water
Note: all of these health-boosting ingredients can be purchased through my Pantry Staples.
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The short version is yes! Getting more protein into your diet helps keep you full and snack less. Plus, protein helps boost our immune system and replenish muscle mass. And protein balls are an easy way to boost your intake.
Because vegan protein powder absorbs liquid, you tend to need quite a bit. If your protein balls are not sticking together, try adding a bit of water or plant-based milk. Add only a little at a time until the mixture becomes a bit more "tacky". Then really press the mixture together to get them to hold.
Most people respond well to a higher protein diet. And given that protein helps keep you full longer, people tend to snack less when consuming protein. Thus, protein balls can be part of a healthy weight loss plan.