Coconut Protein Balls

This chocolate coconut protein balls recipe delivers delicious protein-infused treats you can make in minutes. Made with only 6 ingredients, these protein bites are healthy, easy, and addictively tasty!

Coconut balls sit in a stack with a bite taken out of the top one. There are more balls and chocolate chips on the table and in the background.

I love a good, healthy treat and these protein balls are no exception! Any treat that’s so tasty and made with only six ingredients is a winner in my book. They’re made with coconut oil, oats, and protein powder, making them vegan and low carb.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Using a vegan protein powder with sweeteners infuses these treats with minimal added sugars
  • Using extra virgin coconut oil infuses these treats with coconut flavor
  • Coconut and chocolate go hand-in-hand, so adding some dairy-free mini chocolate chips is a no-brainer!

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Coconut flakes — Unsweetened coconut flakes work best.
  • Oats — I prefer rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
  • Vanilla protein powder — I used Orgain Vanilla Protein Powder, but I’ve had great luck with Vega Vanilla Protein powder as well. If your protein powder doesn’t have any added sweeteners, you’ll want to add some sweetener, whether in the form of zero-calorie sweeteners or maple syrup.
  • Coconut oil — I prefer using extra virgin coconut oil, but if you use refined coconut oil, be sure to add a bit more coconut extract.
  • Coconut extract — You can buy coconut extract in the spices section of most grocery stores.
  • Mini Chocolate Chips — For more on how to find vegan mini chocolate chips, check out my guide on Dairy-free Chocolate Chips

Ingredient Spotlight

A scoop of chocolate protein powder sits on top of a mound of more chocolate protein powder. It sits next to a mound of vanilla protein powder with a scoop full of it on top.

What is Plant-Based Protein Powder?

Plant-based protein powder can be made from a variety of plants, including soy, nuts, seeds, beans, grains, and even peas. The advantage of plant-based protein powders is that they’re free of cholesterol, but also contain beneficial fibers and even probiotics. You can find plant-based protein powders at health food stores, many grocery stores, and places like Costco or Target. Look for “plant-based” or “vegan” in the title. You can use these powders to make Green Smoothies, Berry Smoothies, Energy Balls, and more.

How to Make Coconut Protein Balls

  1. Reserve 2 tablespoons of coconut flakes for rolling.
  2. Pulse the remaining ingredients (except for chocolate chips) in a food processor in short bursts.
  3. Scrape down the bowl and pulse again until mostly smooth.
  4. Add chocolate chips and pulse a couple of times to combine. 
  5. Use a cookie scoop to portion out the batter and roll it into balls.
  6. Roll each ball in reserved shredded coconut flakes.

Here are more detailed instructions with step-by-step photos:

Step One: Make Protein Balls Batter

  1. Reserve 2 tablespoons of coconut flakes for rolling.
  2. Combine the remaining coconut flakes, flax, nut butter, protein powder, extract, and coconut oil in a food processor.
  3. Pulse in short bursts to combine.
  4. Scrape down the bowl and pulse again until mostly smooth.
  5. Pinch the mixture between your fingers. It should stay together. If not, add another tablespoon of nut butter. 
Ingredients are in the bottom of a food processor bowl, including protein powder, oats, and coconut oil.

Step Two: Add Chocolate Chips & Roll

  1. Add chocolate chips and pulse a couple of times to combine. 
  2. Use a cookie scoop to portion out the batter and roll it into balls. Make 10 smaller balls or 8 larger ones.
  3. Roll each ball in shredded coconut flakes.
Several coconut balls are on a table surrounded by chocolate chips.

Storage Tips

Store protein balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Frequently-Asked Questions

How long do protein balls last?

The ingredients in protein ball recipes can vary greatly and as a result impact how long they will keep. The majority of protein balls can be kept in the fridge and will keep up to a month. They can also be frozen for longer storage.

Can you eat raw oats in energy balls?

You can eat raw oats when added to energy balls because the oats are ground into small, more easily digestible bits. You can think of the oats in energy bites as oat flour and oat flour is fine to eat raw.

Keto Protein Balls

If you’re on a keto or low-protein diet, these tasty protein balls will be a go-to favorite! That’s because each one has only 4 grams of net carbs (6 grams of carbs and 2 grams of fiber). Make sure you’re using a protein powder with the types of sweeteners you’re looking for to maintain low carb or keto.

Healthy Sweet Snacks

If you love these healthy protein balls, you may be in the market to try some more healthy sweet snacks. Here are some of my favorites:

A hand holds a protein ball with a bite taken out of it, showcasing chocolate chips throughout. There are more balls and chocolate chips in the background.
Coconut balls sit in a stack with a bite taken out of the top one. There are more balls and chocolate chips on the table and in the background.

Coconut Protein Balls

This coconut protein balls recipe delivers delicious protein-infused treats you can make in minutes. Made with only 6 ingredients, these protein bites are healthy, easy and addictively tasty!
5 from 1 vote
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 152kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Reserve 2 tablespoons of coconut flakes for rolling. Combine the remaining coconut flakes, protein powder, extract, and coconut oil in a food processor. Pulse in short bursts to combine. Then scrape down the bowl and pulse again until mostly smooth. Pinch the batter between your fingers — it should stay together. If not, add another teaspoon or so of coconut oil.
  • Add chocolate chips and pulse a couple of times to combine.
  • Use a cookie scoop to portion out the batter and roll it into balls. Roll each ball in shredded coconut flakes.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.

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Nutrition Facts
Coconut Protein Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 152 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 100mg3%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

2 Responses to Coconut Protein Balls

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLinda Reply

    There is no nut butter or flax meal included in your recipe!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Linda. The recipe is fixed now.

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