Soft and fudgy, sweet and creamy, tangy and sweet, these blueberry cheesecake protein balls are perfect low carb snacks that you can make under 10 minutes, and just 5 ingredients!
Ingredients used to make Blueberry Protein Balls
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- Blueberry Puree - I used fresh blueberries that pureed in a small blender, but you can also mash with a fork. Some chunks are ok but the finer the puree, the better since the darker color blue and purple color comes from the blueberry's skin.
***UPDATE 3/7/2022 - For the best color, you can add a splash of lemon juice to the blueberries when mashing or pureeing. The acid in the lemon juice brightens up the blue/purple hue of the blueberries.
- Cream Cheese - I’ve tried using both dairy and vegan cream cheese made from almond milk, and both turn out delicious.
- Protein Powder - You can use any protein powder for this, but unflavored or vanilla is best, so that the blue-purple color of the blueberries show through.
***UPDATE 3/7/2022 - the photos you see in this updated post are protein balls I made using a plant-based vanilla protein powder, but back when I first published this post, I used an unflavored whey-casein protein powder which produced a brighter blue color. Hope that explains why there's a discrepancy between the photos on the pin / icon image vs. what you see here. Blueberries also change color based on the acidity of the ingredients used.
- Coconut Flour - you can use any brand of coconut flour for this recipe.
- Monkfruit Sweetener, or sugar of choice - to add more sweetness if needed.
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Did you know?
Blueberries are an awesome source of anthocyanin, which is what gives it its dark blue color. Not only that, blueberries are rich in one of our favorite immune boosters - vitamin C. Aside from protecting our immune system, blueberries can also help decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and overall mortality. Who says delicious food can’t be healthy?
How to Make
Blueberry Protein Balls
Puree blueberries in a small blender, or finely mash with a fork. TIP: add a splash of lemon juice to help the blueberries keep their color
Mix protein powder, coconut flour, cream cheese and the prepared blueberry puree. 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.
Add more coconut flour if the dough is too soft, add a teaspoon or more of almond milk if the dough is too thick
Roll into balls, and enjoy!
Recipe Variations and Optional Add Ins:
- You can use any berries of choice. Try raspberries, strawberries using this same recipe!
- 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
- Add chocolate chips of choice (white, dark, or mini chocolate chips) for a more indulgent version
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.
Why do you add lemon juice to blueberries?
We add a splash of lemon juice to the blueberries when mashing or pureeing because the acid in the lemon juice brightens up the blue/purple hue of the blueberries. The lemon juice also brings out the sweet-tart flavors of the blueberries, not to mention how it contributes a good dose of vitamin C to the recipe.
How do you store protein balls?
- You can store these protein balls covered in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.
- For longer storage, you can store them in an airtight container and freeze them up to 3 months.
SEE ALL OF MY PROTEIN BALL RECIPES HERE
- 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.
Blueberry Cheesecake Protein Balls
- Mash blueberries or puree in a small blender
- Mix protein powder, coconut flour, blueberry puree, and cream cheese together, using your hands to knead and get the dough to come together.
- Give it a quick taste and add sugar (if desired).
- Add more coconut flour if the dough is too soft, add a teaspoon or more of puree, water, or almond milk if the dough is too thick
- Roll the batter into tablespoon sized balls, refrigerate for 15 minutes to set