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5-Minutes Protein Truffles

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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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
Servings12
Calories Per Serving423
Total Fat15g23%
Sugar34gN/A
Saturated2g12%
Protein35g70%
Carbs46g15%
Vitamin A0.2µgN/A
Vitamin B60.2mg10.5%
Vitamin C0.2mg0.4%
Vitamin E1mg4.9%
Vitamin K0.2µg0.3%
Calcium217mg22%
Fiber5g22%
Folate (food)191µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)191µg48%
Iron7mg38%
Magnesium233mg58%
Monounsaturated8gN/A
Niacin (B3)3mg14%
Phosphorus546mg78%
Polyunsaturated3gN/A
Potassium1389mg40%
Riboflavin (B2)0.1mg8.2%
Sodium130mg5%
Sugars, added21gN/A
Thiamin (B1)0.2mg14.4%
Zinc3mg22%