Here's a recipe for Healthier Nutella Protein Balls - made with protein powder, coconut flour and Nutella. They are super creamy and indulgent on the inside and has a silky mouthfeel that is simply just divine. You won't believe how easy it is to make these at home - you’ll only need 4 ingredients total and just a couple minutes of your time.
There’s nothing like a small sweet treat to start a day or end a meal, and recently I’ve been treating myself to one or two of these delicious chocolate nutella protein balls instead of chocolate or ice cream and other desserts I’m guilty of eating when I am craving something sweet and chocolatey.
One of the best ways of learning to eat more healthy, at least for me, has been keeping healthier treats inside my house and also making an effort to make my own desserts or sweets so that I can control the amount of sugar that goes inside. Also so I can make smaller portions.
These Nutella protein balls are so easy to make - Just coconut flour, protein powder, Nutella spread and some chocolate chips. And even though they’re high in fiber and protein they are still incredibly delicious & indulgent, which means you won’t feel like you’re depriving yourself of dessert if you’re like me and want something sweet after a savory meal.
Ingredients used to make Healthier Nutella Protein Balls
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- Protein Powder - You can use any protein powder for this, but I found that whey protein tends to produce gummier results. I used a vanilla plant-based protein powder, like this one below.
- Coconut Flour - Packed with fiber and nutrients, you can’t forget about this gluten-free, wheat free and grain-free ingredient. Coconut flour is great for those allergic to gluten and wanting a low-carb option. While it’s called coco-nut it’s actually nut-free because this flour is made from coconut flesh (which is a fruit, not a nut) that’s been dried and then grind into small flour particles. Coconut flour feels and looks similar to grain flour, and also it has a very mild taste. Here is a brand of coconut flour I like to use.
- Chocolate Hazelnut Spread– You can use whatever chocolate hazelnut spread you have on hand, I used Nutella in this recipe but you can also use Nutiva which is organic, and has a lower sugar content
For the Deco
- Chocolate Chips - you can use any chocolate chips in this recipe. I like this lower sugar, stevia-sweetened brand
How to Make
Nutella Protein Balls
Mix all ingredients together except the ingredients for the chocolate covering.
Add more coconut flour (only a teaspoon at a time) if the dough is too soft, add a teaspoon or more of water, or almond milk if the dough is too thick.
Roll the batter into tablespoon sized balls, refrigerate for 15 minutes to set
melt chocolate chips in the microwave in 20 second bursts until melted, stirring in between. Stir in chocolate hazelnut spread. Dip the protein balls into the chocolate and then set them on a clean parchment paper.
Sprinkle cocoa powder on top, and let the chocolate set before serving. It's so worth waiting for the chocolate shell to set!
How to Make this Healthier
- Make this even healthier by adding a handful of nuts, seeds and old-fashioned oats to add texture and nutrition. Even better, add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed, hemp seeds, or chia seeds.
How to Store
- Store these protein balls covered in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.
- Coconut flour and protein powders are all very different depending on brands, so if you find that the dough is too soft, add more coconut flour; if the dough is too thick, add a teaspoon or more of water, honey or liquid sweetener of choice.
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Nutella Protein Balls
- 2 T chocolate protein powder
- 2 T coconut flour
- 1 T chocolate hazelnut spread such as Nutella or Nutiva
- ⅓ cup chocolate chips of choice
- 1 Tbsp chocolate hazelnut spread such as Nutella or Nutiva
- Mix all ingredients together except the ingredients for the chocolate covering. Add more coconut flour (only a teaspoon at a time) if the dough is too soft, add a teaspoon or more of water, or almond milk if the dough is too thick****
- Roll the batter into tablespoon sized balls, refrigerate for 15 minutes to set**
- Optional: melt chocolate chips in the microwave in 20 second bursts until melted, stirring in between. Stir in chocolate hazelnut spread. Dip the protein balls into the chocolate and then set them on a clean parchment paper. Sprinkle cocoa powder on top, and let the chocolate set before serving.
Are they grainy or gritty at all? I’ve used coconut flour before but the texture always gets me
All Purpose Veggies says
Hi Amy, these protein balls do have a slightly grainy texture, but they shouldn't be overly gritty or unpleasant. If you find that you don't enjoy the texture of coconut flour, you could try using almond flour or oat flour as a substitute, which can provide a smoother texture. I hope this helps, and please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns!