These vegan vanilla protein balls are funfetti inspired and super easy to whip when you need a quick grab and go snack. Perfect fuel for before or after workouts and any busy lifestyle.
There are many things to love about these vegan protein balls but I am going to name the top three reasons I love them the most.
While most protein ball recipes out there use peanut butter we use a sunflower seed aka sunbutter in this recipe. The sunbutter offers a lighter flavor so you really feel like you are eating a "funfetti" flavored treat instead of peanut butter and protein mixed together.
The second reason I love these is that they are in fact delicious. I would be lying if I said I eat "protein balls" on the regular. The truth is I don't because every time I have tried they just taste like protein powder, and that's gross.
Not these friends, not these. They are good, they do feel like a treat and not like your hiding protein powder in a ball like you would a pill in cheese for your dog.
Number three friends, there are no oats in these balls!! Oatmeal doesn't always make me feel optimal so I love the fact that these are vegan and grain free.
My favorite vegan protein powder
My favorite vegan protein powder hands down is Tone It Up. I think it is the smoothest best tasting you can find. All of their proteins are plant based but only the organic is labeled vegan.
Just be sure to find the one that is right for you and your choices.
What is sunbutter
Sunbutter is a seed butter made from sunflower seeds. It has a milder flavor than peanut butter and a similar consistency in my opinion. I like to use it more than almond butter.
Plus sunbutter is an allergy friendly choice for those allergic to peanuts.
Ingredients and substitutions
Here is what you will need to make this super quick healthy gluten free treat.
- sunbutter (sunflower seed butter)
- almond flour
- shredded coconut
- vanilla protein powder (vegan)
- maple syrup
- vanilla extract
Sunbutter- you can use any nut or seed butter you prefer, just remember they all taste different and may impact the overall taste. I would make sure it is a thick and creamy consistency.
Almond flour- I do not have a recommendation to sub in for this. If you try coconut flour you would need to decrease the amount and therefore decrease other ingredients as well.
Protein powder- these would be tasty without the protein powder but will obviously not have as much protein. You can use any protein you like.
Shredded coconut- you honestly can't taste the coconut once it is food processed. If you hate coconut you could try increasing the almond flour by ¼ cup but this has not been tested.
Maple syrup- any vegan sticky liquid sweetener should work fine.
Sprinkles- I used natural sprinkles, you can use any kind of sprinkles you would like or even make your own no sugar all natural sprinkles like these colored coconut sprinkles.
Expert tips and how to store
Your life is going to be a lot easier if you have a food processor. It is going to make these energy bites the right consistency and easier to stick together.
If you do not have a food processor a high powered blender should work but it might require more "liquid" in the form of water or sunbutter.
How to store
You will want to store these in the fridge in an airtight container up to 5 days.Print