High protein, low carb coconut protein balls made with coconut butter and hemp seeds! You’ll love the coconut flavor and the energy boost these protein balls provide. Low carb, vegan and gluten-free.
I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been trying to make sure I’m eating enough protein. Most of the time it’s pretty easy for me to get a good amount of protein at breakfast, lunch and dinner, but snacks are a whole other story.
It can be a challenge to find protein-packed snacks that I actually want to eat! Greek yogurt bowls with fruit and granola have been my go-to for a while, but recently I was inspired to use protein powder, hemp seeds and coconut butter to make a low-sugar coconut protein ball for snacking.
What the Heck is Coconut Butter?
If you’re unfamiliar with coconut butter, it’s the most amazing thing ever — it’s a spread just like almond or peanut butter but made from coconut! You can find it at most grocery stores or simply follow my simple coconut butter recipe!
I’ve made protein balls with nut butter a bazillion times and finally decided it’s time to make one with coconut butter.
After softening the coconut butter a bit by putting the jar in a mug of hot water (like coconut oil, it becomes solid at temperatures below 70°), I combined the butter with protein powder and hemp seeds (extra protein!!) and added a little maple syrup for sweetness. The end result turned out great and I’m really excited to share the recipe with you.
If you like coconut, you’ll love these balls! They’re perfect if you have a sweet tooth because they taste sweet, but are also super satisfying and filling from the healthy fat and protein. As it turns out, all of these balls are great as a pre or post workout snack, mid-afternoon pick me up or even an after dinner treat. Each ball is about 90 calories and has 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of net carbs!