There are two great low carb snacks that I’ve been making an awful lot lately — protein balls and peanut butter cookies. But then a wild thought occurred to me. Why not take the best parts of each of those treats and combine them into one healthy snack? And thus this quick and easy 6-ingredient peanut butter protein ball recipe was born. As the name of the recipe would suggest, you only need six simple ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time in order to get this yummy treat ready. From there, it’s a simple matter of freezing them for a half hour, dipping them in a melted dark chocolate glaze, and then finally freezing them again for an additional 30 minutes. And that’s all there is to it — it’s really that easy to make a healthy low carb treat that your whole family can enjoy.
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Other than how great these protein balls taste, my favorite part about making them is definitely how easy they are to prepare. The first order of business is to put ¼ cup of vanilla whey protein powder and two tablespoons of coconut flour into a food processor.
I love using coconut flour when making these protein balls because I’m a huge fan of the taste of coconuts. There’s also the fact that coconut flour is a great source of dietary fiber, protein, and healthy medium chain triglyceride fats. This type of fatty acid is directly converted into energy by your body, making it ideal for low carb snacks like this one. (1)
While the food processor is running, you can add in two tablespoons of all-natural peanut butter and a few drops of liquid Stevia. Making protein balls with peanut butter isn’t just a great way to make a delicious snack — studies have also found that a higher nut and peanut butter consumption has been linked to a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. (2) Next, slowly add in the unsweetened almond milk until your dough softens enough that you can shape it into balls with your hands.
Roll the dough into eight balls and then freeze them for a minimum of 30 minutes. While they’re in the freezer, go ahead and melt your sugar free dark chocolate. Peanut butter and chocolate is an all time classic candy combination, and it works just as well when it comes to making healthy snacks like this one. And unlike most candies made with milk chocolate, by using dark chocolate for your glaze, you’ll actually be lowering inflammation in your body and reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease. (3) Dip each of your protein balls in the melted dark chocolate, then freeze them for an additional 30 minutes before enjoying them.
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6-Ingredient Peanut Butter Protein Balls (Easy and Low Carb)
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 8 1x
For the balls:
¼ cup vanilla whey protein powder
2 tbsp coconut flour
2 tbsp smooth natural peanut butter
3–4 drops liquid stevia or to taste
4 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (more or less, as necessary)
For the glaze:
1 ½ oz dark sugar free chocolate, melted
- To make the balls, place the protein powder and coconut flour in a food processor and process to combine.
- While the food processor is running, add the peanut butter and liquid stevia.
- Slowly add in the almond milk, 1 tablespoon at a time until you get a soft dough you can shape with your hands. (*see note)
- Roll the dough into 8 balls.
- Freeze for minimum 30 minutes.
- Remove the balls from the freezer.
- Dip each ball into the melted chocolate and freeze for another 30 minutes.
- Store the balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
*If the dough is too sticky add a bit more coconut flour.