I get so excited when I read sugar free protein ball recipes, then get let down when I see dates in the ingredients. Dates have a higher glycemic index than pure glucose and cane sugar, so if you’re blood sugar concious or need to stop a sugar addiction, they’re a no go. So here’s a truely sugar free protein ball option. If you do want that sweet hit you can always add some chopped dates or honey. I’ve also stuck with using wholefoods in this recipe, but you could add in protein or superfood powders if you want the extra boost.
- 1 tablespoon nut or seed butter (you can make this yourself by blitzing nuts/seeds in a processor for 10-20 minutes or until they form a paste)
- 1 teaspoon cacoa
- 1 teaspoon add-ins – goji berries, coconut, pomegranate seeds, dried blueberries, dehydrated ginger, sugar free carob or chocolate chips, bee pollen, currants, figs, cinnamon (if you’re using cinnamon you’ll only need 1/4 teaspoon), vanilla essence, peppermint oil (only a couple of drops of vanilla or peppermint) – if you choose fruit just be aware of the sugar content
- optional – 1 teaspoon protein powder or superfood powder
- cashew butter, cacoa and goji berries – I love the way the gojis go slightly candy like when refridgerated
- cashew butter, cacoa and dehydrated ginger
- almond butter, cacao, and sugar free carob
- almond butter, cacoa, bee pollen – this reminds me of a healthy honeycomb
In a small bowl mix the nut butter and cacoa together with a fork. If you’re using optional protein or superfood powders add these in now too.
Once combined mix through the add-ins. Squish the mixture together in to a ball shape in the palm of your hand.
Depending on how oily or dry your nut butter is you may need to tinker with the volumes to get the right moisture balance.
These balls can be stored in the fridge for at least a week and make a great accompaniment to a cup of tea in the evening or as a snack anytime. I love that they’re portable so are an easy option for hiking, road trips or flights, cinema snacks etc.
Please let me know if you come up with a must try combinations!
Prep time 5 minutes