15 Healthy and Delicious Protein Ball Recipes

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

A couple of months back, my eldest son was really ill. He was in bed for three weeks with a virus, and one of the things I really focused on was making sure that he was eating highly nutritious foods to get him back on the road to recovery.

He’s got a bit of a sweet tooth, so in between nourishing soups, bone broths and veggie juices, he was begging me for a treat. I started experimenting with a few protein balls, and they were a huge hit. So I thought I’d pull together a few of the ones we tried, and some that just look delicious.

They’re super easy to make, because all you do is blitz everything together and roll them into a ball. The kids can even help out by rolling them for you. And protein balls are great energy boosting snacks, easy to keep in the fridge to grab and go. Here’s a few of my favourites:

Choc Peppermint Bliss Balls

Choc Peppermint Bliss Balls from WholefoodSimply.com
Choc Peppermint Bliss Balls

These ones were hands down my kids’ favourite. They thought these tasted just like Mint Slice biscuits. I added a couple of tablespoons of chia seeds for the extra fibre and protein, and the kids love these for an after school snack.

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites
Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

This protein-packed recipe is easy to make and convenient for a snack or you could grab a couple on the way out the door for breakfast. You can store them in your freezer and just get them out whenever you need the energy to conquer the day!

Cherry Pie Energy Balls

Cherry Pie Energy Balls

These energy balls are perfect for breakfast, lunch and even after dinner. Super delicious and an easy way to get an energy boost when you need it. I found dried cherries in my local bulk health food shop, but cranberries work just as well.

Nut Free Banana Oat Protein Balls

Nut free and gluten free protein balls, so the kids will be able to take them to school. And it’s a great way to use up bananas that are just that bit too ripe.

Heavenly Coconut Bliss Balls

Heavenly Coconut Bliss Balls

I loved these heavenly coconut bliss balls with a little lemon tartness – delicious!

Carrot Cake Balls

These Carrot cake balls might just be the perfect swap if carrot cake is your favourite cake. I’m not a fan of carrot cake, but my husband thought these sounded delish!

Lemon Coconut Energy Balls

Lemon Coconut Energy Balls
Lemon Coconut Energy Balls

If you’re looking for something fresh, bright and has flavour that pops, these lemon coconut energy balls could be exactly what you need. Short ingredients list means they’re easy to pull together, too.

Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites

Raspberry Bomb Bliss Balls
Raspberry Bomb Bliss Balls

Another easy one, these oatmeal raisin energy bites have good ingredients that you’ll probably already have in the cupboard. My kids don’t like coconut, and energy balls often seem to include coconut, so these were a hit at my place.

Apple Chai Energy Balls

Apple Chai Energy Balls
Apple Chai Energy Balls

I loved the apple and almond butter combination on these apple chai energy balls. They are quick and easy to make, and you don’t even need a food processor (although I did, as I couldn’t be bothered chopping the apple into small pieces). Lovely spice combination if you’re a chai fan, too!

No-Bake Cherry Chocolate Chip Chia Energy Bites

No Bake Cherry Chocolate Chip Chia Energy Bites
No Bake Cherry Chocolate Chip Chia Energy Bites

While I’m not a big fan of adding chocolate chips to ‘healthy’ snacks, you might have a different opinion. And these Cherry Chocolate Chip Chia Bites do look yummy!

Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

I totally don’t get the chocolate and peanut butter combination thing, but my youngest loves it. So I guess this one is for him!

Apricot Almond Coconut Snacks

Apricot Almond Coconut Snacks
Apricot Almond Coconut Snacks

Apricots and almonds, now that’s a combination that I totally get. Apricot Almond Coconut Energy Bites? Yes, please!

Mexican Mocha No Bake Cookie Balls

Mexican Mocha No Bake Cookie Balls
Mexican Mocha No Bake Cookie Balls

Another simple and scrummy sounding recipe. Mexican Mocha cookie balls with a chocolately, coffee, spicy kick – these are definitely on my list of things to make!

Tropical Snack Bites with Almond and Chia

Tropical Snack Bites with Almonds and Chia
Tropical Snack Bites with Almonds and Chia

I like the idea of the dried pineapple in these tropical treats from Two Healthy Kitchens. Sounds delish!

Raspberry Bomb Bliss Balls

Raspberry Bomb Bliss Balls
Raspberry Bomb Bliss Balls

I’m kind of obsessed with raspberries, and these raspberry bomb bliss balls sound divine to me. Another one I’m adding to my list to try out!

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Easy, fudgy chocolate biscuits with gluten and dairy free options

Easy, Fudgy Chocolate Biscuits with Gluten & Dairy Free Options

Easy, Fudgy Chocolate Biscuits with Gluten & Dairy Free OptionsI have this lovely friend, Kerryn, who also happens to be a wonderful cook. She always bakes for the school’s cake stalls, and her stuff always sells out first. I’ve been buying her chocolate biscuits from school fundraisers for years, and they’re always delicious. Now Kerryn is not just a fabulous cook, she’s a very generous one. When I asked for the recipe, she not only wrote it out for me, but accompanied it with another batch of biscuits. What a sweetheart!

This recipe works just as well with gluten free flour as it does with normal flour, and you can substitute a dairy free alternative for the butter. I’m not gluten free or dairy free, and neither is anyone in my family, but these are the best chocolate biscuits I’ve ever tasted. They’re fudgy and densely chocolatey and they’re just as good after a fancy dinner with coffee as they are for a school lunchbox treat.

This is such a simple recipe that older children can make it by themselves. Younger children can help out by rolling the dough into balls. Try making a batch. I have no doubts that you’ll love them, and I’m pretty sure that these will be making an appearance at your school cake stalls next year!

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Do you have a favourite cake stall recipe? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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Strawberry Coconut Jelly Treats

Strawberry Coconut Jelly Treats

Strawberry Coconut Jelly Treats

Gummy bears are one of those lollies that I won’t let the kids eat (here’s why). And yet I secretly love them myself. I love the chewy texture when you bite into those little guys, but I won’t eat them because they’re so full of crap.

I happened to be cruising the web a while ago, probably looking for something completely different, when I came across a recipe for home made gummies, and thought – I have got to try that. So I did, and the first couple of tries were disastrous (think runny orange jelly). But I kept trying, and eventually came up with the coconut strawberry version that I’m sharing here.

The best part about this recipe for me is that I’ve been trying to add gelatin to my diet for a while, but I just couldn’t seem to get to grips with it. I tried mixing it with juice and smoothies, drinking it with water, and adding it to soups and stews. The last one was most successful, but it’s hard to eat enough soups and stews to get much gelatin into your diet.

These jelly treats are easy (too easy!) to eat, they’re super yummy, my kids love them, and they’re pretty easy to make.

The strawberry coconut jelly treats are ideal if you’re following the Paleo diet. And they’re also great if you’re like me, just trying to find treats for your kids that aren’t full of crap.

The jelly squares come out pretty solid, so they won’t melt in a lunchbox, which makes them a perfect treat for school. They’re also great for a kids party, because you can make them ahead of time.

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I happen to love coconut cream, which is why I’ve done two flavour layers, but you can do just the one.

I use coconut cream because it’s easier to find coconut cream that’s 100% pure. I find that coconut milk tends to have additives, and I don’t want that. If you do use coconut cream, thin it with a little milk as it makes it much easier to work with. If you’re using coconut milk, you don’t need to add water. Just increase the amount of coconut milk to around 375mls.

This recipe also works really well with mango, and if I ever see a bag of passionfruit that I don’t have to remortgage my house for I’ll be adding them to the mango mix, too.

They’ll keep for up to two weeks in the fridge, or pop them into the freezer to keep for up to 3 months.

What’s your favourite homemade treat? Share below!
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Easy Homemade Crackers

Oh So Simple Homemade Crackers

Oh So Simple Homemade Crackers

My youngest loves crackers. LOVES them. He’ll eat half a box of Vitawheats in a sitting. No dip, no cheese, no topping – just crackers. You could say he’s ‘crackers’ about them.

In fact, it was one of the things he was worried about when we decided to go supermarket free for three months. Today was the day he ran out of crackers, so I’ve been on a baking marathon this afternoon.

I must admit that I wondered if homemade crackers would be more trouble than they’re worth. But it turns out crackers are pretty easy, and they’re so much yummier than shop bought ones. Cracker dough is basically flour and water, and you can add a bit of fat for flavour and to bind them together. I wanted to add some seeds for fibre and nutrients, and also to make them a bit more interesting. You can mix them up with different seeds like sesame and poppy, and you can add spices like cumin, rosemary, or parmesan and oregano. Simple!

Needless to say, after making a few different batches of crackers this afternoon, I am the ‘best mum ever’ according to the young bloke.

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These yummy homemade crackers would be great for toddlers, too. Leave out the salt, and choose seeds and spices that your little one likes. Your toddler could even help you cut out crackers shapes using a biscuit cutter. Serve with a healthy homemade dip for a great snack.

Have you ever tried making homemade crackers? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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The One Cup Cake

The One Cup Cake

The One Cup Cake

A while ago, my lovely mum came to stay. When she left, I discovered that she had made and frozen this cake for us. It was all sliced up, so we could just grab a piece and defrost it to have with a cup of tea or for a lunchtime treat. It was gorgeous, and I’m so pleased that she finally got around to giving me the recipe. All I can say is, that it was worth the wait. Thanks, Mum!

2 cups of wholemeal self raising flour

2 cups brown sugar

2 cups coconut

2 cups apricots, chopped

2 cups milk

2 cups sunflower seeds

2 cups pumpkin seeds

Mix altogether and fan bake at 150 degrees celcius for approximately 1 hour in a loaf tin.

Note: Mum says that she only uses only 1 cup brown sugar, and it’s still good. Sounds like a good idea to me, too!

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