Decadent and delicious, these Coconut Chocolate Protein Balls are the BEST high protein treats! Low sugar, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and vegan, they’re perfect for breakfast, snacks, and dessert. No baking required.
If you’ve been around a while, you’ve probably noticed that we’re a little protein ball obsessed! Fun fact, Cotter Crunch first existed as a protein balls and bites business. For two years! During that time, I worked solo making and shipping customized balls to people with specific nutrition needs all over the world.
We’ve come a long way since then, serving lots more people, but the love of protein bites remains the same. Especially when it comes to these coconut chocolate balls! One of our all-time favorite recipes, they’re loaded with antioxidants, healthy fats, and protein but taste just like a chocolate dessert.
Real food Ingredients
One of the great things about these coconut protein balls is how versatile they are to make. We used just a handful of simple ingredients that can all be easily adjusted to fit your needs!
- Ground Flax Meal – This adds a great source of plant-based protein and fiber to these coconut chocolate protein balls along with a bit of a crunch!
- Nut/Seed Butter – For added fats, a smooth texture, and richer taste, we love to include almond or peanut butter. Or, for a nut free option, try sunflower butter instead!
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – When sugar has not been added, cocoa powder offers tons of health benefits and can help reduce inflammation, improve blood pressure levels, improve brain function, and more!
- Chocolate Protein Powder – Anything you have on hand can be used. However, we found that plant-based protein powders work to provide the best taste and texture.
- Coconut Oil – This helps to thin out the batter, helping it stick together in order to form coconut protein balls. Plus, it adds a boost of medium-chain triglycerides!
- Unsweetened Shredded Coconut – Used to add texture, coconut also increases the healthy fat content of these bites, making them super delicious and even more filling.
- Dark Chocolate or Cocoa Nibs – Technically, you could use any kind of chocolate you like best, but we opt for dark chocolate varieties for an extra rich flavor and a boost of antioxidants. For keto coconut balls, use dairy free chocolate chips.
- Maple Syrup or Honey – Maple syrup or honey both add antioxidants and a hint of sweetness to these bites while helping to hold them together. However, if using a food processor you won’t need to add either.
Protein Powder – What You Need to Know
The type of protein powder you use is crucial for these coconut chocolate balls. Each protein weighs differently and will yield different tastes and textures. We found that the best results come from using plant-based protein powders.
However, if you want to use something else, be sure to test the batter. If it is too thick, add a bit more coconut oil. Or, on the contrary, if it is too “wet” and not sticking together, add a dash more protein powder or gluten free flour.
How to Make Coconut Chocolate Protein Balls (+ Video)
An easy no bake recipe, these coconut balls couldn’t be easier to make! Bust out the blender or food processor and let’s get the ball rollin. Ha, see what I did there?
- Pulse the flax meal and cocoa powder in a food processor.
- Add the nut butter, protein powder, shredded coconut, and coconut oil, and blend until smooth. Be sure to pause and scrape down the sides!
- Scoop the batter into a bowl, and stir in the chocolate chips.
- Form the batter into a ball, and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
- Portion the dough into 12-14 equal-sized balls.
- Roll the balls in coconut.
- Freeze for 15-20 minutes right away. Then, after 20 minutes, simply store in an airtight container or Ziplock bag. Keep in the fridge for immediate snackage!
Tips & Tricks for the Best Coconut Protein Balls
Admittedly, these coconut protein balls are super easy to make, but there’s always room for improvement, right?! Take a look at a few of our best tips to make this recipe a breeze.
Be Patient. The batter will look thick and clumpy at first, but don’t worry! The coconut oil will help smooth it all out. It just takes a little bit of time for it to fully incorporate.
Chill the Batter (But Not Too Much!). If you’re not using maple syrup/honey, you’ll want to let the batter chill in the fridge to solidify just a bit. However, 20 minutes should be long enough. if it chills too long it will become too hard to roll into balls. No worries, though! Just let it thaw at room temperature until it is soft and malleable again.
Wet Your Hands. For easy rolling, wet your hands with water before you begin. This wil prevent the batter from sticking.
Use a Small Cookie Scoop. For equal coconut bites, use a cookie scoop to portion out the batter.
Add Your Favorite Toppings. For a bit of extra crunch, we like to use a fork (or our fingers) for dipping our finished coconut protein balls in extra coconut flakes. However, you could also dip them in melted chocolate or roll them in crushed nuts!
To keep these coconut protein balls fresh store them in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for up to 2 months. Then, when you’re ready to eat, just let them thaw at room temperature until soft!
More Protein Balls and Bites
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- Oatmeal cookies are turned into a nourishing treat with these Gluten Free No Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls.
- Naturally sweetened, made with healthy fats, low carb, and keto, these Chocolate Pistachio Protein Balls will quickly become one of your favorite snacks with just one bite!