Ann Reardon

Are protein balls good for you?

are protein balls bad for you?

You feel as stuffed as the Christmas turkey! The scales register an increase and you decide to start your new year’s health kick early.  Should you make some home-made healthy protein balls or bars?  Let’s make some and check out how they stack up when compared with other snacks.


Healthy Protein Balls Recipe or you can make them into bars

Makes 14 Protein balls
3/4 cup or 115g (4.06 ounces) blanched almonds or nut butter
1 cup or 160g (5.64 ounces) raisins or other dried fruit
2 Tablespoons or 20g (0.71 ounces) cocoa nibs
1 Tablespoon or 15g (0.53 ounces) protein powder
1/2 cup or 85g (3 ounces) seed mix or trail mix
Optional goji berries, coconut, cocoa powder, chopped nuts for rolling the outside of the protein balls.

Two protein balls contain 8.8g (0.31 ounces) protein

Add all ingredients into a food processor and process until it forms a sticky ball. Portion into 14 balls and roll in coconut, chopped nuts, goji berries or cocoa powder.

protein balls recipe are they good for you


I have been busy over the last year planning, writing and overseeing the photography and layout for my first ever cookbook! There are heaps of my favourite dessert recipes in there with a chapter on pastries, ice-cream, yummy cakes, artistic desserts and of course chocolate desserts. Each chapter has its own intro explaining the food science that you'll need to know for success every time. Booksellers where you can purchase your very own copy:

All recipe quantities in the book are in grams, ounces and cups.

14 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 5

    I get that protein balls aren’t so great for most people, but I really struggle with gaining (yes, GAINING) weight. Everyone just keeps telling me I need to eat MORE, but I literally can’t. I’m trying to find small snacks that I like and that would help with that (I can’t eat a lot at once).
    I like fruity/nutty sweets like protein balls a lot and have been considering making them to help with the whole weight gaining thing…would that be a good idea?

    • Hi Maria, It all depends on what you put in to the mix and how the fit in your overall diet. A healthy snack with out added sugar, rolled into small balls might work great for you. Best to talk to your doctor or a dietitian who knows your specific needs.

  2. Hi Ann, thank u so much for the recipe. Love it!!! but my food processor did not mix all well. May I know which one do you use. Thank u 🙂

    • Hi Amanda, Ann used a breville food processor. She diesn’t know the model number/name.

  3. hey can u help me ann i need to know how to make cakepops

  4. Rating: 5

    it was so good i used to hate em but now i love em!!!thanks ann

  5. Rating: 5

    Hey Ann, huge fan. I was wondering where you got all your tools at. Like your spatula and piping bags at.

    • Hi Chloe, I actually have quite a collection of tools, and at least four spatulas, all from different places. I have purchased them at various cake decorating stores.

  6. Hey! I bit into my protien balls and it tasted like i was eating straight up peanut butter! What did i do wrong? Thanks!!!

  7. I never got the connection between healthy and dessert. I think if you eat a wide assortment of food moderately, you don’t have to ‘eat healthy’. I still like these protein balls. 🙂

  8. It look like something in Denmark we Call harvergrynskulger

  9. Hi Ann. Recently I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and i was wondering since your a dieation if you can make a low carb ( under 20 grams ) dessert for me. Diabetes is starting to be more common and i love to bake so not being able to bake and eat the sugary sweetes is hard. I hope u do make a low carb dessert for me and I would certainly make it the next time in can

  10. Fantastic video! Simple and straight to the point! Thanks for highlighting the misunderstanding around these fashionable ‘healthy snacks’! I find it annoying publications that don’t really give proper emphasis on the nutritional content of so called healthy/super foods! My husband was shocked when I told him I would only make bite size cereal bars every two or three months as he, once starts nibbling on them, loses control and finishes the whole lot in one go! “Why?”… “Because of the fat content, baby!”… “Ah, I thought it was healthy”… “And it is, but fatty and it has to be taken in moderation!”…”Ok”! 🙂

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