recipe 13 // dark chocolate coconut protein balls

dark chocolate coconut protein balls | tinyinklings.comIt’s 3:00 pm. My eyes are starting to droop, I feel a tad cranky, and I feel like I’ve been staring at the computer screen for far too long. My legs hurt from my lunch hour workout and it’s all I can do to just draw. One. More. Architectural. Detail. Behold! My daily afternoon crash. I’m sure a lot of you experience some sort of this during the work day and it’s really not fun, right?

Well, I’ve got a treat for you all today! It’s one that will leave you satisfied, calm that sweet craving, and contains protein and healthy fats to keep you energized and your metabolism up so you don’t go home and binge eat chips and salsa (c’mon, we’ve all been there). I bring you: dark chocolate coconut protein balls!

These little treats are raw, gluten free, and paleo….and delicious! I’ve made these twice in the past week, they are so good! You could even swap out the honey for agave nectar and they are vegan friendly, too.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls
adapted from this recipe
makes about 9 balls

Ingredients

1/4 cup chia seeds
4 Tbsp. almond butter
3 Tbsp. protein powder (I used vanilla)
3 Tbsp. dark cocoa powder (or cacao powder to keep it raw)
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1 Tbsp. honey or agave nectar
1 Tbsp. coconut oil (melted, but not hot)
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Additional 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut for rolling

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients together, either by hand or in the food processor. Roll the dough into 1-1/2″ balls and then roll each ball in shredded coconut. Pop in the refrigerator to set up. These will keep covered in a Tupperware in the refrigerator for up to a week, but I doubt they will last that long. Enjoy!

*UPDATE* Some of you have asked for the nutritional info on these, so here it is!  Please keep in mind that the protein powder you use may alter the calories/carbs.

Per ball: Calories: 122 grams; Carbs: 5 grams; Fat: 9 grams; Protein: 4 grams; Sugar: 2 grams

*UPDATE* I made a lower calorie version of these this morning that I thought would be worth sharing.  Both versions are delish, but if you are really watching your calories, try the following instead:

Ingredients

3 Tbsp. protein powder (I used vanilla)
3 Tbsp. almond butter or peanut butter
3 Tbsp. dark cocoa powder (or cacao powder to keep it raw)
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. honey
dash of sea salt
1 tsp water

1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut for rolling

Preparation

Combine first 7 ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined.  If the batter seems too dry, add more water 1/4 tsp at a time until you reach the desired consistency. Roll the dough into 1-1/2″ balls and then roll each ball in shredded coconut. Pop in the refrigerator to set up. Makes about 7 balls.

Per ball: Calories: 65 grams; Carbs: 4 grams; Fat: 5 grams; Protein: 2 grams; Sugar: 1 grams

 

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by Kayla on 02/12/2013

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1 Katie January 26, 2014 at 5:42 pm

I made these last night and they taste great! I didn’t roll them in coconut at the end, because I’m not a huge fan of the texture, but I like how the chia seeds add a little bit of crunch to them. Do you mind if I post this recipe on my blog, and I will definitely credit you with a link to your page?? Thanks!

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2 Kayla January 29, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Hi Katie! So glad you liked these! Not a problem, post away, just be sure to link back. Thanks!

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3 Michelle February 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm

These are awesome!!!! So easy to make, delicious, and healthy! Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!!!!

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4 Laurie March 13, 2014 at 11:54 am

Hi Kayla, would you happen to have the nutritional information on these protein balls? I am looking for the grams for carbs, protein, fat and fiber? Thank you!!!

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5 Kayla March 18, 2014 at 11:16 am

Hi Laurie! I have updated the post with the nutritional info. Thanks for stopping by my space! :)

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6 Khris March 29, 2014 at 11:49 pm

So these are 122 calories per ball?

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7 Kayla April 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Hi Khris, thanks for stopping by! Yes, however I made a lower calorie version recently, which I’ve decided to include below the original recipe in case there are folks who are seriously watching their calorie intake. Both recipes are delish!

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8 Cristopher Carlson March 11, 2015 at 1:45 pm

To Whom It May Concern:

I used Dark Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls found on Tinyinklings.com for a class project. I would like permission to share this recipe with my classmates. We are gathering all our recipe in booklet form to pass out to approximately 250 students. We are not selling this booklet and there will only be one booklet and there will only be one booklet given to each student.

Thank you for considering this request!
Cristopher Carlson
8th Grade Student
Schoenbar Middle School
Ketchikan, Alaska

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9 Kayla May 6, 2015 at 7:08 pm

Hi Christopher,

Sorry for the late reply! Yes, feel free to share the recipe and good luck on your project!

-K

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10 christine April 2, 2015 at 6:07 pm

I make these all the time. We LOVE them. Thank you!!

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