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Protein Balls!


(I’m posting TWICE today because this recipe was my scheduled post but then, last night, something amazing happened on Facebook and I had to write about that too. I hope I don’t regret not saving one of these for tomorrow.)


I made some balls! Some yummy gooey balls! And I live with boys who laugh every time I say “balls” so I tend to phrase things with as high of a Giggle Factor as possible.


I modified a recipe to match what I had easily accessible. And they turned out yummy! About 110 calories each with about 5g of protein each. Nothing outrageous in terms of protein…I might modify it for more protein at a later date…but a good source for a dessert type item. Here’s how I made them!


  • 1 cup of dry oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup of coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of ground flax-seed
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1 rounded scoop of vanilla whey protein powder (They come with their own scoops that aren’t “measured”. So weird. Edited to Add: So use YOUR scoop from YOUR powder! They’re all different!)


Mix everything in a bowl. Once mixed thoroughly, throw in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so. Then pull it out and roll it into balls. I got about 17 balls out of this batch. After you make them, store them in an air-tight container in the fridge. I don’t know why, that’s just what everyone says you should do.


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And, of course, the true test…did the kids like them?

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Yes. Yes they did!

8 thoughts on “Protein Balls!”

  1. Balls! I have two boys in my house who laugh at that word, too. I can’t make these balls because my son is allergic to dairy, but he would laugh if I made them, for sure.

    I was at the eye doctor last month and one of the docs came around with a box full of ‘cake pops’ for the receptionists. I wanted to tell him they weren’t cake pops, they were cake balls on a stick. But he didn’t look like he would think the word balls was too funny.

  2. Not to be pedantic, but protein powder is precisely measured, just by weight rather than volume. So their scoops are calculated to hold an amount of protein powder that corresponds to a specific weight, even if it doesn’t match a common measuring volume. I assume they have a precise amount of nutrients they are going for and that weight of protein powder fulfills it. And again, apologies, I’m just passionate about precise measurement.

  3. I don’t understand, are you correcting me about something? Should I have been more clear? That’s why I just said “one rounded scoop” and clarified they come with their own scoop. Should I have phrased it differently?

  4. No! I was just worried you had to get pedantic b/c I was misleading. I did add a clarification though!

  5. Use agave nectar and almond butter, both healthier…I also use mini dark choco chips. Favorite around my house and my kids love them!!

  6. I saw TONS of recipes that used those substitues! But I was trying to work with what I had which is OBVIOUSLY unhealthy 🙂

  7. Man…now I feel bad!! Your stuff is super healthy! My trainer turned me onto agave nectar, which Costco has so I buy, and he told me peanuts are inflammatory. So now I eat almond butter like water….still calories! 😉 Oh and, the chocolate is anything but healthy!! Keep sharing your healthy lifestyle, you inspire us all!!!

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