Vegan Coconut Coffee Protein Balls
Coconut? Check. Coffee? Check. Protein? Check. How does that sound to you? Well, these vegan coconut coffee protein balls tick all those boxes and if you love the flavours of coffee and coconut, you will love these protein balls! Plus at just 106 calories each you’ll have no problem fitting them into your healthy diet.
Coffee Protein Balls for Pre-Workout
I don’t use a pre-workout supplement so I like that these have a bit of caffeine in them for a little pre-workout buzz. They’re perfect first thing in the morning before heading to the gym. I’ve never really found pre-workout supplements to do enough to justify the price tag. I’d rather just drink a coffee or go au naturel!
A Note On Supplements
Aside from protein powder and BCAA’s on occasion, I don’t use any sports supplements. I don’t have anything against them I just don’t think I personally need them. I think there’s a time and a place but for my purposes I don’t find they benefit me enough to spend money on them.
I think focusing on a whole food diet, working hard in every training session, getting adequate sleep and paying attention to other aspects of recovery are the most important determining factors affecting my results in the gym. For my level of performance, that’s all I need. To be competitive, high-level athletes may need that extra few percent you can gain from supplements but I’ll be just fine without them.
I have used creatine and glutamine a lot in the past but I don’t notice any different with or without them so I don’t use them anymore. I use protein powder but it’s more a dietary supplement than a sports supplement. I do take a number of vitamins however, in particular B12, vitamin D and zinc as well as supplement omega-3.
Vegan Coconut Coffee Protein Balls
If you love coffee like me, you will definitely love these protein snack bites! They’re full of delicious, coffee flavour plus plenty of coconut goodness from unsweetened shredded coconut. Any brewed coffee works, you could even use chai or earl grey tea for a fun twist! The stronger the coffee, the more coffee-flavour and caffeine they’ll have. I like to make them with strongly brewed coffee and Vega Performance Protein in Mocha so the coffee flavour really comes through. You could even use espresso if you want to get crazy!
These protein balls are oil-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free and call for just 4 simple ingredients.They’re sweetened naturally with dates plus some extra sweetness from the protein powder so they don’t have any added sugar. If you use weigh your ingredients following the measurements I’ve provided, each coffee protein ball is just 105 calories with 16.4 grams of carbohydrates, 2.8 grams of fat and 4.7 grams of protein, so they’re very easy to fit into any nutrition plan.
In my world, coconut and coffee are definitely meant to be. These are insanely yummy, addictive and the bit of caffeine makes them great as a pre-workout snack, I hope you enjoy them!Print
- Place the dates in a food processor or blender and mix until they form a paste.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined.
- Roll into 15 balls and store in the fridge or freezer.
For best results, use soft, moist dates. The balls will be crumbly if the dates are too dry. You can try soaking dried dates in hot water for 15 minutes and draining before using. Make sure you use a very tightly packed cup of dates. For accuracy, use a kitchen scale to measure your ingredients according to the weights provided.
- Serving Size: 1 ball
- Calories: 106
- Sugar: 10 g
- Sodium: 50 mg
- Fat: 2.8 g
- Carbohydrates: 16.4 g
- Protein: 4.7 g