Choc Mint Protein Balls

By Lilian Dikmans

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Most weekends, I make some protein balls to store in my fridge for when I need a quick snack (they also come in handy if you’re craving something extra after dinner). I’ve been getting a lot of requests for a vegan protein ball that is also nut-free, so I came up with these!

They’re super easy to make and contain protein and good fats. I used Proper Protein Chocolate Pea Protein Powder* and added some extra cacao powder and pure peppermint oil because choc-mint is one of my all time favourite combos. I’ve also kept the sweetener quite low as peppermint oil provides some natural sweetness, but adjust the level of sweetener to your liking.

*Update: This protein powder is no longer available, but you can use another plant-based chocolate protein powder instead.

Looking for more protein ball and bar recipes? You can check out my collection of protein recipes here.

Serves
10 balls

Prep time
10 mins

Cook time
0 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chocolate plant-based protein powder
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (or rolled oats processed into a powder)
  • 2 x 20ml tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or water
  • 1/4 cup tahini (or nut butter)
  • 2 x 20ml tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 2 x 20ml tablespoons rice malt syrup (or to taste)
  • 1 drop pure peppermint oil (or peppermint essence to taste)
  • Extra unsweetened desiccated coconut for coating

Method

  • 1
    Mix the protein powder, oat flour, desiccated coconut and cacao powder together in a large mixing bowl.
  • 2
    Make a well in the centre and add the almond milk (or water), tahini (or nut butter), melted coconut oil, rice malt syrup and peppermint oil. Mix everything together until well combined.
  • 3
    Taste and add more rice malt syrup (and/or peppermint) if desired.
  • 4
    Roll the mixture into balls and coat in the extra desiccated coconut. Leave to set in the fridge.
  • 5
    Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze.

Notes

I use an Australian 20ml tablespoon. 1 x 20ml tablespoon = 4 teaspoons.

Oats naturally don’t contain gluten, but as they are often processed on the same equipment as wheat, they can have traces of gluten. If you’re strictly gluten-free, you can buy gluten-free oats.

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22 COMMENTS

  1. I love your recipes!
    The caramel slice was amazing and so was the cookie dough slice recipe!
    Making these protein balls today! 🙂

  2. These choc mint balls are sensational Lilian!! Thank you. I have been trying to find a bliss/protein ball to suit my diabetic husband, my 2 year old, and me, and these are IT! Awesome that they are nut free for my toddler too.

    I made 4 times the quantity (shameful I know) and they are disappearing at a rapid rate!
    Eleanor 🙂

    • Hi Irene, I’m not a qualified health practitioner (just a lover of food!) so I can’t advise whether the recipe is safe to consumer during pregnancy – it would be best to check with your GP. x

  3. I would be using straight choc mint protein powder, so quantity would stay the same for everything but just minus the 1 drop pure peppermint oil correct?

  4. Hi, these sound great! Just wondering, if you use a protein powder that isn’t chocolate, would you have to add more cacao? Or anything different flavour wise? Thanks

    • Hi Sophie, I’m so happy you like them! I’m really sorry I haven’t worked out the nutrition information for these ones but you can use the Nutrition Panel Calculator on the foodstandards.gov.au website to calculate it – I think it’s relatively easy to use!

    • Hi Kelly, if the mixture is too sticky you could try adding a little extra oat flour. Or if you wet your hands before rolling, this also helps to stop the mixture sticking to your hands 🙂 x

    • Thanks Brooke, great to hear you and your son like the balls! I haven’t calculated the calorie information for this recipe, but you could enter the ingredients into the MyFitnessPal app or an online calorie calculator to find out! I do plan on including nutrition panels for future recipes 🙂

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Lilian Dikmans is an Australian model, Muay Thai fighter and founder of Real Food Healthy Body

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