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  • Writer's pictureJoanna Loughran

Protein Balls to die for!

If you have a serious sweet tooth (like me), it can be difficult to find sweets on the 30 Days to Healthy Living or any other healthy living program that doesn’t involve “cheating”. Making some Arbonne protein balls and sticking them in the fridge to pull out whenever you get a sweet tooth is a great way to stick to your program.

They’re delicious and they have ingredients that follow the program (no peanut-butter, no dairy, no soy, no gluten)!


*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and do not offer this as medical advice. This is my own personal experience and I encourage everyone to seek advice from their doctor before making decisions about their health. To view our full disclaimer policy, click Here.


Arbonne Protein Balls Ingredients

You can sweeten these to taste which is one of the great benefits of this simple recipe. I like them less sweet but the kids like them sweeter ( of course!) If you are using these as your treat option, a little sweetener in them goes a long way.


Here are the sweetener options we used


Raw Honey

Raw honey is not only a completely naturally occurring sugar in nature, it has incredibly beneficial properties. It’s good for digestion and balancing gut flora, and has plenty of great vitamins and minerals.

You can also substitute maple syrup. Maple syrup is another naturally occurring sugar and has a lot of healthy components, just like honey. It’s a little runnier, so be prepared to use just a little less.

Always try to get your honey from a trusted local source that sells raw, organic honey. Pasteurized honey or “honey-like products” are not the same and don’t hold the same benefits.

(Children under 1 should NOT eat honey!)

Dates

Dates are one of my favorite things. They’re incredibly sweet on their own so there’s no need to add anything additional to these. Dates are packed full of all kinds of vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber, which makes them a great substitute for other kinds of sweeteners.

Dates are packed with vitamins and minerals, and fiber, which means that it’s less likely to cause a blood-sugar spike.

When you make a date paste, you just process it in the food processor and add water a little at a time to get a smooth, sticky paste that you’ll use in the superfood antioxidant protein ball recipe below!


Arbonne Protein Powder

Learn about the Arbonne Protein Powder that you can use for these protein balls recipes! Arbonne’s Protein powder is sweetened with stevia and a small amount of raw cane sugar. It also has some supplemented vitamins and minerals to help you get all the nutrient building blocks that your body needs.



Other ingredients

You’re also going to need something to keep the protein balls from getting too dry. Almond butter and a little bit of coconut oil go a long way in making sure you get the consistency that you want.

Make no mistake: these are still a treat. They have a lot of protein and healthy fats, but if you eat too many, it’s just as bad as binging on cookies. Everything in moderation.

The nice thing is that because these have a higher calorie-density and tons of fiber, you’ll get fuller faster and hopefully won’t feel the need to eat too many!

Putting it all together….

When making your recipes, you essentially will combine the dry ingredients together, the wet ingredients in a separate bowl, and then combine the two. It helps if you use your hands instead of a spoon toward the end, because they can get a little tough.

Arbonne protein powder has a tendency to be drier than some of the other protein powders out there. Not only that, but depending on whether your oats are whole or you decide to grind them in the food processor for a finer texture, you might need to adjust your wet ingredients. And finding a balance in the recipe between the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients is crucial to make sure the balls don’t crumble or don’t lose their shape after they’ve been sitting.


Too wet? If you find that your batter is too wet after adding all the ingredients, add some more ground almonds or oats.

Too dry? If you find that your batter is too dry or not coming together well, add a little water, coconut oil or almond milk about a teaspoon at a time, mixing it well, until you reach the consistency that you want.

Here’s a couple of the other recipes out there that inspired the recipes for these Arbonne Protein Balls.


Arbonne Protein Balls 2 Ways


Fudge Brownie Arbonne Protein Balls




The coconut oil adds some richness without making them greasy.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup gluten-free, old-fashioned oats (you can ground these for a finer texture in your protein balls)

  • 1/2 cup almond butter

  • 1 scoop Arbonne Essentials chocolate protein shake mix

  • 1/4 cup ground almonds (medium to fine ground)

  • 1/4 cup raw honey

  • 1 Tbsp water (plus some additional)

  • 2 tsp cocoa powder1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil

  • pinch of salt

Directions

Mix together the dry ingredients: oats, Arbonne protein powder, ground almonds, cocoa powder, salt.


In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients: almond butter, honey, water, vanilla extract, coconut oil.


Pour the wet mix over the dry and mix together. Use your hands if it gets too tough.


Add additional water if the mix is too dry, or ground almonds if the mix is too wet.


When you’re pleased with the consistency, roll into 1 inch balls, place on parchment paper on a plate, and put in the fridge to chill slightly. Transfer them to a ziploc container or tupperware once they’re a little stiffer.

Makes about 10-12 protein balls. Store in the fridge for about 5 days.


Chocolate Chip Arbonne Protein Balls



Ingredients;

  • 3/4 cup gluten-free, old-fashioned oats (you can ground these for a finer texture in your protein balls)

  • 1/2 cup almond butter

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein

  • 1/4 cup raw honey

  • 1 Tbsp water (approx).

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil

  • pinch of salt

  • 2-4 Tbsp dark chocolate, chopped


Directions

Mix together the dry ingredients: oats, Arbonne protein powder, dark chocolate, salt. In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients: almond butter, honey, water, vanilla extract, coconut oil. Pour the wet mix over the dry and mix together. Use your hands if it gets too tough. Add additional water if the mix is too dry, or ground almonds if the mix is too wet.


When you’re pleased with the consistency, roll into 1 inch balls, place on parchment paper on a plate, and put in the fridge to chill slightly. Transfer them to a ziploc container or tupperware once they’re a little stiffer.

Makes about 10-12 protein balls. Store in the fridge for about 5 days.


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