A no bake almond butter balls recipe that's quick and easy to make. These little protein bites are a perfect snack to boost energy during the day.
Back in the day, I used to love snacking on protein bars. However, it's tough to find a healthy brand that's also low in carbs. That's why I don't buy them any more.
Now that I've been making my own low carb snacks, I need to find a way to make a good protein bar. Although I've used VitaFiber to make homemade Quest bars, it's been found that the isomalto-oligosaccharide IMO syrup isn't so low carb.
After experimenting with different methods, it seems using a nut butter is the way to go for making your own protein bars. However, the resulting bar can be a bit crumbly.
These almond butter balls could also be called keto protein balls. Rather than making bars, I formed them into balls so they wouldn't fall apart.
It's incredibly easy to make these tasty little snack bites. You just dump all the ingredients into a bowl, stir to combine, then form into balls. It couldn't be any easier!
I love no bake treats because they are so quick to prepare. The process for making these almond butter balls is very similar to the chocolate chip cookie dough bites I've made in the past.
Because it's so simple to make these little treats, it's perfect for those with busy schedules! Just try not to eat too many because there's about 2g net carbs in each ball.
These little treats came out looking pretty cute. I'd even make them up to serve on a cookie try over the holidays. That way, you can offer guests a healthier option to the cookies.
You can use any whey protein powder you'd like in these bites. I used Designer Whey Vanilla Almond. Designer Protein is my favorite brand. And, each scoop of Designer Whey has only 3g net carbs.
I know they say too much protein can get turned into sugar. But, as long as you aren't overdoing it, I think it's fine to have a protein shake as a snack.
If you decide to use a plain unflavored protein powder in these almond butter balls, you'll want to add a flavor extract in too. Coconut, vanilla, or almond extracts would all taste great in these.
Rather than use a flavoring extract, I used coconut SweetLeaf stevia drops. This really brought out the coconut flavor. The whey protein already had almond flavor so I though I'd enhance the coconut.
Coconut is one of my favorite flavors so I really liked the fact that these nut butter balls are loaded with it. Can you ever get too much of this fantastic flavor?
Almond Butter Balls Recipe with Coconut and Chocolate Chips
If you aren't a fan of coconut, you might be able to replace it with something else. You might be able to substitute it with a nut or seed instead.
I'm going to have to play around with this recipe and see if I can figure out how to make them keep the shape of a bar. Maybe I just need to add some coconut oil like I did with the no bake chocolate chip cashew butter bars. Since cashew butter is a bit high in carbs, I'd sub that out with a lower carb nut or seed butter.
If you have some extra nut butter, you may want to try making my keto almond bread. It's light and fluffy and perfect for sandwiches!
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Almond Butter Balls with Coconut and Chocolate Chips
- ⅔ cup almond butter
- ⅓ cup vanilla almond whey protein or vanilla flavor (1 scoop)
- 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
- 3 tablespoons sugar free chocolate chips
- ½ teaspoon SweetLeaf stevia drops I used coconut flavor
- Mix all ingredients together in medium bowl until well combined.
- Scoop and form into balls about a tablespoon in size.
- Cover and store in refrigerator.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [serving_size] => 1 [calories] => 87 [carbohydrates] => 4 [protein] => 3 [fat] => 7 [saturated_fat] => 3 [cholesterol] => 3 [sodium] => 6 [fiber] => 2 [sugar] => 1 )
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I just made these and they were super yummy! I left out the stevia and used dark chocolate chips. Thanks for the wonderfully simple recipe!
You're welcome Lori!
I see an alternate suggestion for whey protein. Can plant-based protein be used using the same ingredients?
It should be fine. I'd just add in a little at a time to make sure it holds together well.
Hello, could I use mct oil powder as a substitute ?...I can't wait to try these.
If the MCT oil powder isn't flavored or sweetened, you may want to add in a little more sweetener. Otherwise, it should be fine.
These look like the perfect snack to have on hand. Totally trying these out this week. Thank you so much for posting.
Hope you like them!
Can't wait to try these!
Hope you like them!
These look amazing!
I have to try this! I was always a fan of Almond Joy and this sounds kind of like it.
There are all the elements here: coconut, chocolate and almonds.
These sound delicious!
My wife tried making these (ALMOND BUTTER BALLS RECIPE WITH COCONUT AND CHOCOLATE CHIPS) but is having difficulty making these go together.
She has lots of experience in making the cooking dough bites which go really well. Not so much with these.
We haven't thrown anything out, hoping that you might have a helpful suggestion for us.
How dry was the almond butter? I ask because the Justin's one I have is very dry and the Kirkland one is more liquids and probably better for a recipe like this.
I used Justin's Classic Almond Butter.
It helps to wet your hands if you are using them to form the balls. I used a cookie scooper. You can also add a bit more almond butter if needed.
These sound really good! And...Can you suggest a different kind of protein powder (not whey-based)? or other sub? We have GF and DF in our house.
You could use egg protein powder. A little coconut flour or almond flour could also be added.