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a coconut chocolate protein ball topped with coconut flakes

Coconut Chocolate Protein Balls

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  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 balls 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These gluten free coconut chocolate protein balls are packed with healthy fats and a boost of protein. Vegan, low carb, refined sugar free, they’re perfect for a make ahead breakfast or on-the-go snack!


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  • 1/3 cup ground flax meal
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 Tablespoons almond butter or nut butter of choice (for nut-free option, use sunflower seed butter)
  • Optional – 2 Tablespoons maple syrup or honey (not needed if using a food processor vs in mixing bowl)
  • 2 servings (50-60 grams) chocolate protein powder of choice (See notes)
  • 12 Tablespoons coconut oil, solidified (Adjust as needed)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, plus more to coat
  • 23 Tablespoons dark chocolate morsels


  1. Place flax meal and cocoa powder in food processor. Blend until combined.


Substitutes  – For keto option, omit maple syrup, and use sugar free chocolate chips and protein. Plant based protein works best for mixing and holding batter together.

Tips – Chilling the batter too long will harden the mix. If that happens, simply let the batter thaw at room temperature until soft enough to roll into balls.

Method – If you don’t have a blender you may mix the batter by hand in a bowl, but will need to add the maple syrup to bind it. The texture will be more gritty. Adjust syrup depending on thickness of batter and amount of protein powder used.

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • chill time: 30 - 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: n/a
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 protein ball
  • Calories: 58
  • Sugar: 0.7 g
  • Sodium: 36 mg
  • Fat: 4.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Fiber: 0.8 g
  • Protein: 3.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.1 mg