Coffee Protein Balls recipe

Anna Kerwick @ 2019-08-30 10:09:34 +1000

Easy, quick and healthy, these tasty treats combine the pick-me-up of espresso with protein for the ultimate pre-workout.

Use chocolate or cacao protein powder for a mocha flavour, or even chai for a dirty chai if that’s your thing!

We made these refined sugar, dairy and gluten free, but it will depend on the protein powder you choose.


  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 loosely packed cup pitted dates
  • 75 ml espresso
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon protein powder
  • Shredded coconut to coat

Prep time: 10 mins




Set aside 60ml (2 shots) of espresso and add the chia seeds to soak. Retain the extra 15ml (1/2 shot) for the coconut.

Blend almonds in food processor until they are a rough meal and set aside.

Blend dates, espresso with chia seeds and protein powder until they make a thick paste.

Mix together with almond meal until all ingredients are combined.

Add remaining 15ml of espresso and shredded coconut to a non-stick frying pan on medium heat and stir until toasted.

Roll the almond, espresso and date protein mixture into balls and coat with the espresso toasted coconut.

This recipe makes 15 bite size treats but can easily be doubled to make more.

These will keep in an airtight container in the freezer or fridge for up to 4 weeks if you can manage not to eat them all!