5-Minutes Protein Truffles

5-Minutes Protein Truffles
Staff Writer
Tina Rupp

These protein "truffles" are so ridiculously easy that I feel somewhat silly adding them to this collection. Then again, my super-simple, silly recipes are often my most popular. They are certainly favorites in my repertoire, in large part because of their fast factor, but also because of their portability and candy-like appeal. Plus, they are endlessly customizable by varying the spices, extracts, and other add-ins, or by giving them a chic coating of chia seeds, cocoa powder, or chopped nuts. Who says pretty and power can’t go together?

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12
Servings
250
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the protein balls

  • 1/2 Cup natural, unsweetened nut or seed butter
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/8 Teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2/3 Cups all-natural sweetened vanilla whey protein powder

For Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

  • 1/2 Cup peanut butter
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon water
  • 1/8 Teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon unsweetened, natural cocoa powder

For Mocha Java Balls

  • 1/2 Cup natural, unsweetened nut or seed butter
  • 2 Teaspoons instant espresso powder, dissolved in 2 teaspoons of warm water
  • 1/8 Teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2/3 Cups chocolate protein powder
  • 3 Tablespoons honey

Gingerbread Protein Balls

  • 1/2 Tablespoon natural, unsweetened nut or seed butter
  • 3 Tablespoons dark molasses
  • 1/8 Teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2/3 Cups packed all-natural sweetened vanilla whey protein powder

For Snickerdoodle Protein Balls

  • 1/2 Cup natural, unsweetened nut or seed butter
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/8 Teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 Teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 Cups packed all-natural sweetened vanilla whey protein powder
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped raisins

Directions

For the protein balls

Mix the nut or seed butter, honey, and salt in a medium bowl until blended. Add the protein powder, stirring until completely combined (mixture will be firm). Scoop about 1 ½ tablespoons of the mixture into your hands and shape into 1-inch balls. 

For Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Mix the peanut butter, honey, water, and salt in a medium bowl until blended. Add the protein powder, stirring until completely combined (mixture will be firm). Scoop about 1 ½ tablespoons of the mixture into your hands and shape into 1-inch balls. Place the natural cocoa powder in a shallow dish and roll the balls in the coating, pressing lightly to adhere.

For Mocha Java Balls

Mix the nut or seed butter, honey, espresso mixture, and salt in a medium bowl until blended. Add the protein powder, stirring until completely combined (mixture will be firm). Scoop about 1 ½ tablespoons of the mixture into your hands and shape into 1-inch balls.

Gingerbread Protein Balls

Mix the nut or seed butter, molasses, and salt in a medium bowl until blended. Add the spices and protein powder, stirring until completely combined (mixture will be firm). Scoop about 1 ½ tablespoons of the mixture into your hands and shape into 1-inch balls.

For Snickerdoodle Protein Balls

Mix the nut or seed butter, honey, and salt in a medium bowl until blended. Add the spices and protein powder, stirring until completely combined (mixture will be firm). Add the chopped raisins last, and scoop about 1 ½ tablespoons of the mixture into your hands and shape into 1-inch balls.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
8g
11%
Sugar
11g
12%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
49mg
16%
Carbohydrate, by difference
21g
16%
Protein
24g
52%
Vitamin A, RAE
7µg
1%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
99mg
10%
Choline, total
57mg
13%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
94µg
24%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
63mg
20%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Phosphorus, P
332mg
47%
Selenium, Se
9µg
16%
Sodium, Na
368mg
25%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
12g
0%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

Nut Shopping Tip

Whenever possible, purchase whole, not presliced or chopped nuts. They have a longer shelf life.

Nut Cooking Tip

Toasting your nuts helps release essential oils and intensifies their flavor.