Six ingredients are all you need to make these Almond Butter Protein Balls. These are great pick-me-up snack to fuel your body and curb your sweet tooth cravings. Cocoa, shredded coconut, almond butter, and more make the most incredible bite-size vegan protein balls.
Prep these on Sunday and have these protein balls all week to pack for your lunch, to combat the 2 pm slump, or as an after school treat for the kids. These protein almond balls are even freezer friendly!
These Almond Butter Protein Balls Are…
- Great for meal prepping snacks
- Freezer Friendly
How to Make Almond Butter Protein Balls
- Add your activated chia seeds, cocoa powder, almond butter, maple syrup, almond meal, and coconut in a bowl.
- Mix until well combined. Roll into balls.
- Coat each protein ball with the leftover coconut flakes.
Tips and Tricks
Activate chia seeds
To activate chia seeds, they need to be soaked in almond milk. Once they swell up they will resemble tapioca pudding. Combining 2–3 tablespoons of milk with the chia seeds will work. Let them soak for 15–20 minutes. If you find they run out of liquid, add a splash more in.
You will find that once you roll up the balls, they will be slightly sticky in terms of texture. Roll your balls in the coconut; you may need to gently press to push the coconut flakes into the balls. This coconut coating will help keep the no-bake protein balls from sticking together.
Stir in some vegan chocolate chips to give these protein balls more chocolate flavor and sweetness. If you are not vegan, any chips will work; for low carb use sugar-free chips.
Maple Syrup Alternative
If you do not want to use maple syrup, you can use agave or even honey, depending on your dietary needs. Any liquid sweetener can work to add texture and sweetness to these bite-size protein balls.
You can consider adding a little flaxseed into the mix to add more nutrients to the balls. Flaxseed is full of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and more—a great way to add more nutrients into your diet.
Another option is to add a few dried cranberries or even blueberries to your protein balls. They would make a delicious addition to the flavor.
Almond Butter Protein Balls FAQs
How should I store almond butter protein balls?
These protein balls can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. If you are going to stack the balls within the container, I recommend laying some wax paper between layers to prevent the protein balls from sticking together.
Can you freeze almond butter protein balls?
These no-bake protein balls can be frozen for up to 4 months. Just place them in a freezer bag or container and store them. If you want to meal prep, put a couple in a small bag and then place those smaller bags in a gallon-sized freezer bag. Then you can pull out a snack-size bag when packing lunches or on the go.
Almond Butter Protein Balls
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- ½ cup almond butter
- 1 cup almond meal
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder or cocoa protein powder if desired
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Place the almond butter, maple syrup, and activated chia seeds in a medium bowl. Mix together well.
- Add the almond flour, cocoa powder, almond meal and coconut (left some for the end!).
- Mix well until you get a smooth dough.
- Roll into 12 balls.
- Lightly roll each ball in shredded coconut.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or keep in the freezer for 4 months.