5-Minutes Protein Truffles

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5-Minutes Protein Truffles
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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Ready in
5 m
12
Servings
423
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
12 1-inch balls

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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
15g
23%
Sugar
34g
N/A
Saturated Fat
2g
12%
Protein
35g
70%
Carbs
46g
15%
Vitamin A
0.2µg
N/A
Vitamin B6
0.2mg
10.5%
Vitamin C
0.2mg
0.4%
Vitamin E
1mg
4.9%
Vitamin K
0.2µg
0.3%
Calcium
217mg
22%
Fiber
5g
22%
Folate (food)
191µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
191µg
48%
Iron
7mg
38%
Magnesium
233mg
58%
Monounsaturated
8g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
3mg
14%
Phosphorus
546mg
78%
Polyunsaturated
3g
N/A
Potassium
1389mg
40%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.1mg
8.2%
Sodium
130mg
5%
Sugars, added
21g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
14.4%
Zinc
3mg
22%

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