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25 Sugar Free, Vegan Protein Ball Recipes Better Than Cookies

By Anisha Mistry

Just about everyone loves cookies – we all have childhood memories of twisting Oreos apart to customise the filling-to-cookie ratio; or maybe we remember the smell of home baked oatmeal and raisin cookies coming fresh out of the oven. Licking the mixing spoon for chocolate chip biscuits was always a much-loved activity for me as a wee one, and at uni, I downed packages of Jaffa Cakes for energy before exams.

But the sad fact is, most cookies (especially packaged ones) are junk food at its worst – they contain all kinds of bad fats, sugar and white flour, making your GI rise like a thermometer on a hot day in July. With the exception of peanut butter cookies, most biscuits contain way more (bad) carbs than protein, too.

Protein has been recognised as a muscle building and repairing aid, and is also one of the main nutrients to keeping hunger at bay,  but vegans often wonder how they can fit this into their diet. Luckily, there’s a very tasty solution – protein balls!

Whilst protein balls used to be a bit tough and bland (and frankly, many of the packaged varieties still are), there are loads of vegan protein ball recipes that are rich, fudgy and packed with the flavours of your favourite cookies – think chocolate chip, oatmeal, apple spice and gingerbread, for example.

The recipes I found here below are all  balls are all  vegan, gluten-and-dairy-free and contain no refined sugars. And did I mention they need no cooking, and are easy enough for kids to make? Be creative, use your favourite ingredients, but most of all enjoy them, without a single pang of guilt.

1. Tropical Protein Balls

Who doesn’t want to be  transcended to the tropics, if only momentarily? The guys over at  The Protein Ball Co have given us a recipe to share with you all; it’s tropically good! These protein balls are gooey and soft from the medjool dates and cashew butter whilst mango, apricots and goji berries add a fun and fruity twist. You can also add some plant based protein powder into these and use them to fuel you either pre/post workout.

Preparation time for these delicious treats takes just a few minutes to make and require hardly any washing up. Makes approx. 15 balls, depending on the size of each ball! But how do you make them? Here’s how:


Medjool dates (pitted) x3
2 tbsp cashew butter
2 tbsp coconut nectar or agave or rice malt syrup
2 tbsp desiccated coconut
1 cup dried and chopped mango
1 cup dried and chopped apricots
1 tbsp vegan protein powder
½ cup soaked goji berries
½ lemon (juice and zest)


– These recipes are super easy to make by hand. Throw all of the lovely + healthy ingredients in to a large bowl and mix together with your fingers for a minute or so. So save time (and aching hands) you could alternatively use a high powdered food processor or blender if you have one handy.
– Roughly divide the mix in to about 15 balls (rough diameter of a 10p coin) and place them on a tray or in a lunchbox.
– Pop these delicious balls in the fridge for about 1 hour and voila. …..these energy balls put you in a tropical holiday mood!

Get the recipe here.

2. Mocha Hazelnut Power  Balls

Who needs cookies when you could have these alongside your daily cuppa? Just imagine the energy you’d have after eating one of these mocha flavoured balls and drinking a hot almond latte!

Get the recipe here.

3. No Bake Pumpkin Pie Balls

You’re taste buds will go crazy with excitement! These delicious vegan balls are like heavenly desserts. They have a speckling of pumpkin spice,  and the protein comes from super healthy hemp seeds.

Get the recipe here.

4. Apple Pie Almond Butter Balls

The perfect go to snack, this recipe is a bite-size delight that tastes just like homemade apple pie, but with way more protein and calcium, thanks to the almonds.

Get the recipe here.

5.  Basic Vanilla Vegan Protein Balls

Perfect for a post-workout snack, these are packed with  vegan protein powder – choose whichever brand you fancy. You can also add chocolate nibs, dried fruit or whatever other tasty treat you’d like to add.

Get the recipe here.

6. Blueberry Chia Protein Balls

Like a bit of blueberry pie in a ball! These  are packed full of organic proteins, which is ideal for anyone on a vegan diet, and they also have the added tartness of lemon – a perfect partner for the blueberries.

Get the recipe here.

7. Raspberry Chocolate Protein Balls

I know what you’re thinking: she put a truffle recipe here by accident, right? Nope, my friends – these amazing looking balls are actually sugar free, healthy protein balls. But they DO have all the flavour of a truffle!

Get the recipe here.

25 Vegan Protein Ball Recipes better than cookies

8. Cashew & Ginger Energy Balls

With a refreshing combination of ingredients, these yummy bites are bursting with flavour, with a warming kick from ginger. These are actually available to buy in health foods shops, but why not make your own?

Get the recipe here.

9. Bliss Balls with Mulberries

How gorgeous do these look? They’re a perfect staple for vegans, these yummy, chewy energy balls are a good source of fibre, with the most beautiful coconutty flavour in every bite.

Get the recipe here.

10. Pistachio Matcha Truffles

These nutty balls are packed with antioxidant green tea powder, as well as other highly nutritious ingredients so you’ll know you’re eating a healthy treat that is well-balanced.

Find out more here.

11.  Raw Vegan Bliss Balls

These are easy to make, but the variety of flavours and textures really comes from whatever you roll them around in – think sesame seeds, cinnamon, chia seeds…whatever you fancy!

Get the recipe here.

12. Vegan Chocolate Fruit Balls

These may look basic, but the combination of chocolate, coconut, nuts and orange makes them rich in both flavour and texture. Is it just me, or do these flavours evoke a bit of Christmas time for some reason? In any case, I can testify these go down very well with a nice espresso!

Get the recipe here.

25 Vegan Protein Ball Recipes better than cookies

13. Pistachio Sesame Balls

Made with only 5 ingredients, these super healthy snacks are the perfect homemade snack. They contain no refined sugars and are raw, vegan, gluten-free and Paleo-friendly, too! My tip? Add a dash of organic rose water for a gorgeous Persian flavour.

Get the recipe here.

14. Salty Chocolate Energy Bites

Packed with an amazing mixture of chia seeds, walnuts and dates, combined with dark chocolate and sea salt, these are guaranteed to give you an energy boost, before or after a workout.

Get the recipe here.

15. Peanut Butter & Chocolate Protein Balls

Cocoa powder, peanut butter and bananas – it sounds almost like a cake, and that’s pretty much how these taste! To make these fudgey-textured balls look a bit fancier, just roll them in some cocoa powder.

Get the recipe here.Vegan Protein Ball Recipes

16. Quinoa  Matcha Protein Balls

I love this recipe, because it has superfoods from two totally different countries: quinoa from Peru, and matcha from Japan. They both add up to a wonderfully healthy snack.

Get the recipe here.

17. Lemon Poppy Seed Energy Bites

Who needs poppyseed muffins or cake when you can enjoy these flavourful, easy-to-make lemony bites. These are perfect as a tea-time treat without the added calories – but PLEASE NOTE: do NOT use Truvia as stipulated in the recipe – this stuff is poison (click here to see why)! Please substitute pure Stevia instead!

Get the recipe here.

18.  Vegan Power Balls Three Ways

Talk about superfoods! From Maca to Spirulina  powders, Hemp to Chia seeds, these balls have it all! Seriously, they’re a perfect representation of all the best, most nutritiously dense foods you can think of. They’re practically medicine – if medicine was really, really tasty and lovely to look at.

Get the recipe here.

19.  Thin  Mint Energy Bites

Those thin After Eight dinner mints have been popular for decades, and now these bite-sized snacks contain that most loved combination of flavours. Energy boosting, seriously gooey and simply moreish. There is happiness in every bite, you might find yourself enjoying them all to yourself!

Get the recipe here.

20. Carrot No Bake Energy Bites

Sweet, spicy and nutty. Who doesn’t love  carrot cake? But it’s usually packed with dairy and sugar, so when you crave those delicious flavours, try these energy bites instead. This recipe will have everyone helping themselves to more than just one.

Get the recipe here.

21.  Oatmeal Cookie Energy Balls

I get frequent  cravings for oatmeal cookies, but when I learned this recipe, this became my go-to snack. Just as tasty, but with a nice protein kick from all the nuts.

Get the recipe here.

22. Turmeric Protein Bites

Ah, turmeric! That most trendy of anti-inflammatories. It does wonders for your health on its own, but combined with nut butter and protein powder, these are also real muscle builders, too.

Get the recipe here.

23. Secretly Healthy Black Bean Protein Balls

How adorable are these? I love the addition of the stick and sprinkles – makes these look more like a candy than a healthy, chocolate flavoured protein ball!

Get the recipe here.

24. 50 Calorie Lemony Coconut Balls

Talk about the taste of summer! Bursting with citrusy zing, these protein balls would also be tasty frozen when the heat’s really on…now there’s an idea!

Get the recipe here.  

25. Spicy Bean Balls

I thought I’d save this one as a surprise at the end – protein balls don’t always have to be sweet! These ones are nice and spicy, and a little bit cheesy too, thanks to nutritional yeast. Perfect for those of you who like your snacks savoury. These are healthy enough to be a great lunch side dish, and only contain 50 calories a bite!

Get the recipe here.


Main image: Antioxidant protein balls. Get the recipe here.

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