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Chocolate Orange Protein Balls

Chocolate Orange Protein Balls

I think by nature I’m a bit of a skeptic. I’ve seen protein balls about for a while now, and I have avoided them. So when I decided it was time to try combining some ingredients and create some Chocolate Orange Protein Balls of my own I was very surprised and pleased with the results.

Chocolate & Orange Protein Balls

Chocolate & Orange Protein Balls

So why have I avoided protein balls in the past?

There are a few reasons.  Firstly,  a lot of the “healthy” protein ball recipes include coconut oil and maple syrup as a substitute for butter and sugar. Whilst these ingredients may have a little more nutritional value then their counterparts, they are still laden with calories. So the balls may have more protein than a cookie, but they can contain far more calories.

Choc Orange Protein Balls

Choc Orange Protein Balls

If I am “spending calories” I want some bang for my buck. Which brings me to the second reason for avoided them, I haven’t been convinced these little balls would WOW me!

GF Chocolate Protein Balls

GF Chocolate Protein Balls

So after a bit of trial and error I bring you the best ever Chocolate Orange Protein Balls.  These can actually be eaten as a snack without any calorie guilt. These little treats are vegan friendly and gluten free, so its not just a treat for those watching their waistline.

Chocolate Orange Protein Balls

Chocolate Orange Protein Balls

I made these because I was looking for a new idea for the children’s recess. These little Jaffa Balls don’t contain any oil so they won’t melt in the lunchbox! My little taste testers gave these the big thumbs up.

Chocolate Orange Protein Balls
Recipe Type: Snack, Healthy, vegan, Gluten Free
Cuisine: Healthy
Author: Julie
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 20
These are a healthy taste treat that can be made in a matter of moments.
Ingredients
  • 200gm dates
  • 35gm desiccated coconut
  • 50gm blanched almonds
  • 2 Tbs cacoa powder
  • grated rind from 1 orange
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp orange juice
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor except the orange rind.
  2. Process until the nuts are specks and the mixture comes together.
  3. Add the orange rind and process only until just combined.
  4. If the mixture is not quite sticky enough to hold together in a ball add a little more orange juice and pulse again.
  5. Roll 20 balls of even size.
  6. Refrigerate until needed.
Serving size: 1 Calories: 59

 

Best of all these Chocolate Orange Protein Balls can be made in 5 minutes.  So in theory, even if I had no recess prepared for the kids lunch box I could have actually make these BEFORE school!

Vegan Chocolate Ball

Vegan Chocolate Ball

Thankfully, this time that was necessary, these were already made and ready to roll when it came time to pack the lunches.

Vegan Chocolate & Orange Balls

Vegan Chocolate & Orange Balls

All of these ingredients just happened to be in my pantry, making it a simple, quick treat to just whip up!  Perhaps I will have to investigate a few more flavor combinations.

Jaffa Protein Balls Taste

Jaffa Protein Balls Taste

 

These 20 little vegan balls managed to make it to just one lunch box. Somehow they disappereared one by one before they could make it to day 2 on the school day calendar  :)

I call that a  WIN for the good guys (AKA ME!)

Jaffa Protein Balls

Jaffa Protein Balls

Healthy and consumed happily by all.

 

 

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Comments

  1. I love the combination of chocolate and orange, and I like how you have picked very healthy ingredients.
    This is a must try recipe!

  2. Hi Julie,

    I love the simplicity and healthy aspect of this recipe, so I will probably make it very soon…
    Also, photos of these chocolate goodies are really beautiful…

  3. Bookmarked! I will try these for sure. I have really enjoyed making and eating protein balls, even the commercial ones taste quite good sometimes but are SO expensive, ridiculous. But you are right, they may be nutrition-packed but they’re also full of calories, which is a shame as I could scoff millions of them.
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  4. These sound delish. Love the idea of using orange rind!
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  5. Good call Julie. The current movement around raw sweets and desserts can be slightly misinformed regarding excessive use of coconut oil and other sweeteners. I also use coconut oil and maple syrup however the key word is moderation. I like what you’ve done with these balls. I often make raw chocolate balls. Might be adding the orange now!
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  6. Love that these chocolate protein balls don’t have tons of calories! So I could actually have one more or two?! Yay! Thanks for the recipe, Julie! Also, I love your photographs!
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  7. Fruit and raw cacao powder means these are totally healthy right? :)

  8. im recently made some protein balls myself too, peanut butter and choc, though orange and choc sounds so delicious too!

  9. What a great idea! Loads of flavor, and calories? Not so much. And you can make them in 5 minutes? Sold! ;-)
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  10. Great snack idea and sounds like they’re full of flavour but not calories. Bonus!

    Krissie x – http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com.au
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  11. They were the exact reasons I never attempted them before either Julie, they really were no better off than any other high calorie snack. Your recipe though, well Let’s just say they will be made this week for sure! Yummo, and thanks for a real alternative that will definitely still taste delish :) x
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  12. Hi Julie, these sound perfect for snacking, love that there are minimal amounts of calories.
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  13. This is a wonderful idea ! Love the combination between orange and chocolate ;) xo

  14. Hehe I just made a batch of bliss balls too! And yes I want them if they’re sweet but not high in calories. Otherwise I could just eat a cake or cookie :D
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  15. I’m so glad you found a way to make these in a manner you like. :-)
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  16. Oooh I love the idea of the chocolate/orange combination. These sound like little Jaffas! Yummo!
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  17. I’ll take my protein via chocolate accented with oranges any day! Bet your munchkins are mighty pleased with their lunch boxes these days, too =)

  18. These look lovely! I am a fan of snack balls because I find them fun to make and rather delicious, but you’re right in that they’re quite energy dense – and rather easy to eat, which can be a dangerous mix ;)
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  19. These look delicious Julie, and so quick to make, and they have orange (juice) in them, so they’re healthy. Loove the photos!! :)
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  20. Protein balls, I love them so much that the first time I made them I burned out my food processor! Great recipe, Julie… now may I have one?
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  21. This is a great treat Julie and something perfect for after gym :)
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  22. What healthy and delicious protein balls, these look so lovely! :D
    Perfect for uni!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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  23. I love the ingredients in yours and I’ll bet the flavour hit comes with the first bite.
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  24. Carlie Cummings :

    Oh my goodness! These look amazing! :-)

  25. Chocolate, orange, healthy, quick,, easy…Oh YES! Every reason to have them in your life:-)
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  26. After all the eat treats I’ve been doing the past week, I’m gonna need this in my own “lunch box”! LOL, your story reminded me of my childhood when I was guilty of secretly munching on the next day’s school snack until it was almost gone :) These must be soooo GOOD!

  27. These look great! I made my first set of homemade protein balls a few weeks ago, and I was instantly hooked! Can’t wait to try a new recipe for them :)
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  28. Fantastic recipe Julie, what a treat. Great for ‘grown ups’ lunchboxes too!!
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  29. I make protein balls and find them great for the kids to take to uni and like you say, they’re so quick and easy to make. I like how yours have a jaffa flavour – yum! xx
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