What Makes a Perfect Protein Ball?
- Obviously high protein, plant-based foods. Sprouted Brown Rice Protein or Pea Protein powder work well. Almond meal is another good protein base.
- Chia Seeds – aside from being a good protein source themselves (17% protein by dry weight), they are an excellent “binding agent” for protein balls. Upon coming into contact with liquid, chia seeds develop a gel-like coating which acts as a binder.
- Crushed nuts, seeds, cacao nibs, or bucknis not only add some nourishing fats but some crunchy texture.
- A superfood powder for flavoring and natural sweetness – for example Raw Cacao powder, Acai, Maqui or Lucuma.
- Whilst simply adding to water is the easiest option, using almond milk or coconut milk adds creaminess and some additional natural sweetness.
How to Make
The sample recipe below can be made by simply adding water or if preferred almond milk or coconut milk. Simply add enough liquid is added to a bowl of the Protein Ball Pre-Mix to enable it to be rolled in balls approximately 25cm in diameter.
If a richer consistency is desired a portion of the added liquid could be in the form of coconut oil. Similarly if more sweetness is desired, rice syrup, coconut nectar, maple syrup or honey can be added to the mixing bowl.
Finally, to decorate your Protein Balls roll in desiccated coconut, crushed nuts or pepitas, melted chocolate, matcha powder etc.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes before consuming. Once rolled, store in an airtight container in fridge for up to 10 days.
The following recipe is simply a guide to help those of you interested in creating your own Vegan Protein Ball Pre- Mix.
Your idea of a Vegan Protein Blend, may be completely different. Add and subtract from the below to come up with your very own, improved version!
35% Sprouted Brown Rice Protein Powder – is 80% by dry weight protein so makes a good base. Has a creamy taste and natural sweetness.
Alternate protein bases include for example, Sprouted Pea Protein powder, Sacha Inchi Protein powder, Almond Meal (or some other ground nuts).
25% Chia Seeds – as mentioned above, Chia Seeds aside from protein a excellent source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, are useful in Protein Balls due to the binding effect they have after coming into contact with liquid.
Crushed pieces of nuts or seeds such as pepitas, might be an addition or alternative to chia seeds.
15% Superfruit Powder – this particular powder includes Raspberry juice, Strawberry juice, Pomegranate juice, Elderberry juice, Blackcurrant juice, blueberry juice, Cranberry juice, Goji juice and Acai puree.
Other Superfood powder that could be used include for example Maca powder, Mesquite powder, Lucuma Powder, Strawberry powder, Acai Powder etc
8% Cacao Powder – Raw (healthy) chocolate, which goes well with the berry flavours.
5% Cacao Nibs – Natures “chocolate chips”, add some crunchy texture.
5% Goji Berries – adds chewy, juicy texture and natural sweetness.
Other berry options include incan berries, dried blueberries, cranberries etc.
2% Monk Fruit Powder / Xylitol Powder (optional)
Other options to round out your Protein Ball Pre-Mix might include ingredients like, Vanilla bean powder, Turmeric, Matcha powder etc.
For more information, view our How it Works page.