Do your kids like protein balls, otherwise known as energy balls or bliss balls? For my family, the obsession with these treats started when we bought a few at Boost Juice, to try them out and keep us full until lunch. My daughter had a bite of one and then proceeded to eat them all! After such a big reaction, I then started experimenting with my own recipes.
These protein ball recipes are the ones that she loves the best (and so do I), however we are always on the lookout for new flavours and combinations. Do you have a favourite protein ball recipe that you kids can't get enough of? If so, please leave a comment at the top of this article with the ingredients and quantities - your comment will then be listed at the bottom of this article. These are my suggestions for the best protein ball recipes for kids - what are yours?
Weet-bix & Chocolate Balls - In a food processor, blitz together 3 Weet-Bix, 1 cup dates, 1/2 cup unsalted cashews, 1/2 cup desiccated coconut, 3 Tablespoons cocoa, 3 Tablespoons honey and 2 Tablespoon water. Add extra water or honey if it isn't forming. Roll into balls, then roll in coconut.
Rice Bubble Choc Balls - In a bowl, gently combine 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter, 3 Tablespoons runny honey and 1 cup of Rice Bubbles. Roll into balls and then place in the fridge to harden. Melt 50g Nestle Choc Bits in the microwave, at 30 second intervals, until smooth. Dip balls halfway into the chocolate and place them on a plate lined with baking paper. Place back in fridge to set.
Banana & Choc Balls - Blitz together 1 cup dates, 1 banana, 1 cup oats, 1/2 cup walnuts, 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 Tablespoon honey and 1 teaspoon vanilla essence. Roll into balls, then roll in coconut. Store in fridge.
Carrot Cake Balls - Blitz together 3 sliced carrots first, then add 1 cup oats, 1 cup unsalted cashews, 1/2 cup dates, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger. Add water if it needs moisture to stick together. Roll into balls.
Peanut Butter & Honey Balls - Blitz together 1 cup dates, 1 cup oats, 1/4 cup smooth and runny peanut butter, 3 Tablespoons honey, 1 Tablespoon water and 1 teaspoon vanilla essence. Roll into balls.
Lime & Coconut Balls - Blitz together 1 cup dates, 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup unsalted cashews, 1/2 cup desiccated coconut, 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice and 1 teaspoon lime zest. Roll into balls. Note: This recipe is quite strong in lime flavour - if you're not sure if your child would like it, halve the juice and rind.
Do you have any protein ball recipes that your kids love, that aren't mentioned here? If you have any easy recipes you would like to add to this article, please leave a comment at the top of this article with the ingredients and quantities. We can never have too many options to try, especially if your own kids love them.
Kids may love them...but I must admit, I end up eating just as many!