There are so many great benefits to eating more ginger, such as boosting immunity and maintaining a healthy digestive system, so I’m always experimenting with new ways to incorporate this spicy ingredient into my cooking and baking.
So what about honey ginger protein balls? This is such an easy recipe that only requires protein powder, coconut powder, honey and ginger. The recipe is also a fantastic combination of sweet and spicy, with the addition of crystallized ginger that gives it a chewy and toothsome texture in every bite!
Ingredients used to make this
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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.
- Crystllized Ginger - are sweet, spicy, chewy and moist. These are great additions to protein balls because of the extra flavor and texture they add to the recipe!
- Ground Ginger - Known for their anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, ginger is a rockstar of immune boosters. It's also great for a healthy digestive system.
How to Make
Spicy Honey Ginger Protein Balls
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
Roll the batter into tablespoon-sized balls, refrigerate for 15 minutes to set. Note: I find that it's best to use my hands to mix the dough because it takes some kneading and pressing to get the dough to come together.
Recipe Variations and Optional Add Ins for Ginger Protein Balls:
- Ginger-Lemon protein balls - add 1 tsp of lemon zest
- Cinnamon Ginger protein balls - add ½ to 1 tsp of cinnamon power
- Feel free to experiment with natural flavoring / extracts. Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract (I didn't feel like it was essential so I left it out in this recipe), or other flavorings or extracts, such as lemon extract
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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Spicy Honey Ginger Protein Balls
- Mix all ingredients together until well mixed. Add more coconut flour if the dough is too soft, add a teaspoon or more of honey or milk if the dough is too thick***
- Roll the batter into tablespoon sized balls
- Refrigerate for 15 minutes to set