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My keto-friendly, no bake, Pina Colada Protein Balls feature a mix of protein powder, healthy fats, and coconut. Pop one of these bite sized treats in your mouth for a quick protein & energy fix.
Pina Colada Protein Balls
Whether you call them protein balls, energy bites, or fat bombs you are going to love these pina colada flavored, no bake protein balls with shredded coconut. They are keto friendly, gluten free, and high fat which makes them perfect for a keto snack or dessert. These protein bites are also perfect for those times when you need a little pick me up in the afternoon.
How to Make Pina Colada Protein Balls
These pina colada protein balls come together in just a few easy steps.
You will need:
- unsweetened shredded coconut
- Pina Colada Keto Chow (or any vanilla protein powder + pineapple extract)
- coconut extract
- cream cheese
- liquid sweetener, optional
These couldn’t be easier. Just mix all the ingredients except the coconut in a mixer until combined. Scoop out batter, roll into balls, and then roll in shredded coconut. Place in the refrigerator for a couple hours to firm up.
When To Eat Protein Balls
The best time to eat a protein ball is when you’re feeling like you need a mid-afternoon pick me up, hungry in between meals, before or after a workout, or after dinner when you really want a sweet treat at the end of the day. Basically, any time is a good time for a protein ball!
Are Protein Balls Good For You?
In moderation, protein balls can be good for you. I make mine so one or two can easily fit into my daily nutrition needs. These fat bomb, protein balls are gluten free, no nut flours (yes there is coconut so if you are allergic just leave it off), and give you a fat and protein boost when you need it to get through the day.
I eat these as a mid-afternoon pick me up or an after dinner sweet bite.
Where to Store Protein Balls? Fridge or Freezer?
You can store your protein balls in both the refrigerator or the freezer. However, I wouldn’t eat them straight from the freezer, you’d probably break a tooth.
I often make a double batch and will freeze half of them to last longer. And keep some in the fridge to eat on for the upcoming week or two. I’ve kept them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and in the freezer for 2 months (then transferred to the fridge for 2 weeks) with no issues.
Protein Balls with Protein Powder
I use my favorite brand of protein powder to make my protein balls. This keeps it low carb, gluten free, and I know it meets my macro needs. But, feel free to swap in your favorite protein powder…just pick a pineapple or pina colada flavor.
Of course you can try these with your favorite brand, if your favorite protein powder doesn’t come in a pineapple flavor, add in half a teaspoon of pineapple flavor to a plain vanilla powder.
Protein Ball Flavor Ideas
- Birthday Cake protein powder with 1 tsp almond extract
- Pumpkin Spice protein powder with 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tbls keto friendly brown sugar, 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- Eggnog protein powder with 1 tsp English Toffee flavored stevia
Y’all know I love the versatility of Keto Chow and love partnering with them. Take a look at how I made these protein balls and find out what’s coming in the July myChow Surprise Kit.
- 1 - 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
- 1 - 4 oz stick butter, softened
- 1 packet Pina Colada Keto Chow
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- 1 teaspoon liquid sweetener* (use what fits your diet), optional
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
In a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, place all ingredients (butter, cream cheese, Keto Chow, extract, & sweetener) in the mixer except the coconut. Mix just until combined.
Place shredded coconut in a shallow bowl or plate.
Scoop out batter, roll into balls, and then roll in shredded coconut. Place in the refrigerator in an airtight container for a couple hours to firm up.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for 2 months (then transferred to the fridge for 2 weeks).
*I used this sweetener, but use whatever fits your macro needs.
I often make a double batch and will freeze half of them to last longer. And keep some in the fridge to eat on for the upcoming week or two. I've kept them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks and in the freezer for 2 months (then transferred to the fridge for 2 weeks) with no issues.
Don't have a pina colada flavored protein powder? Try vanilla protein powder plus 1/2 teaspoon pineapple extract and 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract. Adjust extract levels to your tastes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 12gCarbohydrates: 3gNet Carbohydrates: 1gFiber: 2gSugar: .9gProtein: 3g
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