Gluten Free Healthified Snacky Snacks-Cookie Dough Protein Balls

Balls have been very popular lately.

(Get yer mind out of the gutter.  Balls as in truffle-like edible treats, silly!)

I’ve been using Pinterest lately.  Pinterest to me is a virtual bulletin board, it’s a way to bookmark things I will want to go back to.  It’s pretty handy.

As I was looking through my “pins”, I noticed a trend.  Lots of balls.  As in, no bake, refrigerated or frozen bits of goodness.  All sorts of balls.  Balls of differing ingredients and nutritional profiles, but with one commonality-the shared spherical shape.  Yum.

As happens so often, I took a little bit from lots that I saw, and created a Frankenstein ball.  It’s along the lines of my Ultimate Healthier Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.    I’ll throw up the links to a few of the inspiring recipes for balls at the end of the post, but if you want to see more balls (and other recipes) you can check out my gluten free recipe board on Pinterest.

Here’s what I ended up with:

Pyramid of protein balls. I know my pictures are horrible.

 

The players:

  • 130 grams precooked white beans (you can use canned, I make them from dried and freeze them until I need them)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 TBSP protein powder (I used MRM All Natural Whey
  • 2 TBSP nut butter of your choice (I used homemade coconut butter)
  • dash salt
  • stevia to taste (I used 1/8 tsp of NuNaturals Nustevia Pure White Stevia Extract)
  • 1 TBSP chocolate chips or cacao nibs
  • dash of liquid for consistency (I was drinking coffee at the time, so that’s what went in, but ordinarily I’d use unsweetened almond milk)

The game:

  • Place beans into food processor and blend the heck out of them until smooth
  • Add the rest of the ingredients except the chips (unless like me, you forget and throw them in too)
  • Blend until well combines
  • Add the chips
  • Divide into balls and place onto small cookie sheet that will fit in your fridge/freezer (I used a TBSP ice cream scoop like I do for cookies and made 8 balls.)
  • I like to freeze them and pull them out just a few minutes prior to eating. The frozen-ness slows me down a little.

 

Using the my specific ingredients, this makes 2 servings of 4 balls each.  For one serving of 4 balls, here’s my nutrition facts:

  • 220 calories.
  • 11 grams of fat
  • 22 grams of carbs ( 8 are fiber)
  • 10 grams of protein

Pretty good stats for a delicious little snack, eh?

If that doesn’t float your boat, here are some more excellent looking ball recipes:

Heather’s Dish CC Cookie Dough Balls

So Good and Tasty Chocolate Black Bean Truffles 

Wayfaring Chocolate’s Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bites

Gimme Some Oven’s No Bake Energy Bites 

30 second Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough from Real Sustenance 

Vanilla Goji Nut Balls from Making Good Choices

Now go make some balls!

If you need some more info for generally eating a healthier gluten free menu, not just for balls, check out Gluten Free and Fit 101 for lots of articles to get you started.

 

 

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  1. Maggie says:

    Love the players and the game :) You’re funny Erin. I NEED to try white beans in something that isn’t savory. These sound perfect.

  2. Erin says:

    Hi Maggie!

    I try to keep it light ;) No sense in being serious all the time, right?

    I love beans in sweet applications. Obviously. Let me know how they work for you!

  3. tracey says:

    just FYI I tried to make my muscle milk with original flavored coconut milk (So Delicious Brand) and within a few minutes my shake thickened like to a yogurt consistency..for me it was kind of gross..so just thought I would share because thats never happened before
    thanks and love the website. I was diagnosed 5 years ago and it was a struggle at first but it is getting so much easier, thankfully.

  4. Erin says:

    Tracey,
    Thanks for sharing! That does sound a little thick-more of a spoonable shake ;)
    I believe that Muscle Milk does have added thickeners in it, and coconut milk is somewhat thick on its own. If you use a whey protein isolate with your coconut milk you may have a better consistency.
    Glad you like the site and things are getting better! That’s awesome to hear. :)

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