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Health Trend: Protein Balls

Posted by Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT on March 14, 2018
Have you seen those gooey tiny balls on Instagram that bloggers are raving about these days? For health gurus – fat balls, also known as protein balls, bliss balls, or energy balls are a fabulously efficient snack or possibly even meal replacement.  They are made from health foods such as coconut oil, nut butter, dried fruit, seeds, coconut, and protein powder. All you need are the ingredients and a food processor! Different recipes can be higher in protein or fat, but they all serve the same purpose, a great nutrient dense snack to take on the go or keep stocked in the kitchen. Fat balls are also a popular way to get in some quick nutrients after a workout when you don’t have much time. When enjoying, you must keep in mind that they are not just nutritionally dense in great proteins and fats, but they are also calorically dense so portion control is key! There are countless fat ball and protein ball recipes out there including whatever your vice: peanut butter, coconut, hazelnut, matcha, the sky is the limit! Below is one of my favorite combinations to get you started! Feel free to substitute the type of nuts for your personal favorite!



  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa nibs
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 scoops vital protein collagen
  • 10 dates, pitted



  • Soak pitted dates in water for about five minutes.
  • Add the nuts to the food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, including the dates to the food processor and pulse until they form a sticky paste.
  • Roll the mixture into balls and store in the freezer until you are ready to eat!
Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT

About The Author

Mairead Callahan, RDN, CPT

Mairead is a registered dietitian, media personality, and founder of the popular health and wellness blog "My Healthy Ending." She studied Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, completed her supervised practice at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer. Mairead’s philosophy is grounded in the power of whole foods, plant-based nutrition, and an active lifestyle.

Post Topics Healthy Eating, Healthy Recipes