These simple to make Energy Balls are high in protein with 6 grams per ball. They are also very low in sugar, with only 1.4 grams per serving, or 1/3 of a teaspoon. The simplicity of a recipe with only 4 ingredients makes it an easy go-to, and a healthy blood-sugar-lowering addition to any meal or snack.
Keyword: healthy energy balls recipe, High Protein Snack Recipe, Vegan Protein Balls
1/8tspsaltoptional, use if peanut butter is unsalted
1-2tbspwateroptional, use if mixture is not sticking
Start by toasting the coconut. Add the coconut to a heavy bottom frying pan over medium heat. Toast the coconut for 1 to 2 minutes, or until it is fragrant and turns light brown in colour. Make sure to keep your eye on it as it can burn quickly.
Mix the peanut butter, honey, toasted coconut, hemp hearts, and sunflower seeds (and salt if using) to a medium-sized bowl. Stir well using a spoon until everything is well incorporated.
Place the mixing bowl in the fridge for 15 to 30 minutes to let the mixture solidify slightly. Once rested, remove from the fridge and start rolling the mixture into 22 ping-pong sized balls. If the mixture is not sticking together, option to add 1 - 2 tablespoons of water. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days, or store in the freezer and take out as needed.
Storing These Protein Balls
Store these snacks in the fridge in a sealed container, and if you aren’t finishing them all within 5 days then store them in the freezer. They taste great straight out of the freezer, no defrosting required!
Making Quick Protein Balls
Toasting the coconut intensifies the flavour of the coconut; this is not necessary and the energy balls taste just as good with untoasted coconut. If you are short on time you can skip this step.
Making Vegan Protein Balls
This recipe works best with honey, but if you are vegan you may wish to use maple syrup. I find that maple syrup is not as sticky, so you will need to use more peanut butter to form the energy balls.
Make Nut-Free Protein Balls
Use tahini in place of peanut butter for a nut-free energy ball that is also school-lunch friendly. If you don't have access to tahini try using sunflower seed butter at a 1:1 ratio.