To say the protein ball is leading the pack in the latest post-workout snack craze would probably be an understatement. I mean, they are pre-portioned, taste like dessert, require zero baking, and oh yeah, they’re healthy. What more could you ask for in an after-sweat-session snack? Not much. Here we’re sharing three of our absolutely favorite protein balls recipes from FITNESS in delicious flavors like mint chocolate chip, lemon coconut, and banana Nutella. We dare you to choose a favorite—it’s not an easy decision. (Also check out these easy jar recipes you can make for lunch.)
1. Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Balls
Your favorite ice cream flavor now comes in the form of a bite-sized snack—no sticky fingers or dripping cone required. Peppermint extract is responsible for the familiar flavors, protein comes in through chocolate protein powder and rolled oats, agave adds a touch of sweetness, and cashew butter holds everything together. Just roll the mixture into balls and then add in chopped cacao nibs.
2. Lemon Coconut Protein Balls
This recipe puts a refreshing spin on these sweet snacks with citrusy lemon and flaky coconut. (Want to truly make these protein balls homemade? Use fresh coconut flakes from a whole coconut. Cracking open a coconut is easier than you think. Check out this tutorial to see how it’s done.) Those coconut flakes mix with vanilla protein powder, lemon juice and lemon zest—told you these were citrusy—and finally, honey to create these unique protein balls.
3. Banana Nutella Protein Balls
Do you really need any convincing? Hello, Nutella! The end. But in case you’re still wondering, these protein balls start with hazelnuts and coconut oil in a food processor. That mixture is then mixed with cocoa powder, chocolate protein powder, some honey for sweetness, and mashed banana (a great pre- or post-workout snack thanks to its carbs and potassium). You’ll want to refrigerate these protein balls for at least an hour so they set, then rolled them in chopped hazelnuts for good measure, or you know, crunch.