Vanilla Coconut Protein Balls Recipe with No Added Sugar

Protein balls provide a great way to grab a healthy snack on the go and a fantastic alternative to regrettable snacks when hunger pangs tempt the strongest willpower. 

Vanilla Coconut Protein Balls Recipe

vanilla coconut protein balls

Vanilla Coconut Protein Balls

This fast and easy healthy snack tastes good and is great for on the go nutrition!
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Snack
Servings 22 small balls


  • small cookie dough scoop or small spoon
  • stand or hand mixer


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, finely ground - reserved
  • 2/3 cup lite coconut milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp almond butter


  • Combine rolled oats, shredded coconut, almond butter, and protein powder.
    Mix until well blended.
  • Blend in coconut milk.
  • Scoop a small amount of mixture into hands and roll into a compact ball.
  • Gently roll ball in reserved finely ground coconut to coat.
  • Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer.
Keyword protein balls, vanilla coconut protein balls, vanilla protein balls

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Supplies Needed 

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Hand mixer or stand mixer (Kitchenaid is my favorite)

Liv International vanilla protein powder (click on the top navigation where it says “supplement store” to find). This is very high quality, low carb protein powder. While you can use another brand, this recipe has been tested with this brand. Read more about this vanilla protein powder here.

Small cookie dough scoop or small spoon

Lite coconut milk

Unsweetened shredded coconut

Almond butter


Here is the process for making vanilla coconut protein balls.

Assemble all of your ingredients.

Combine the coconut, peanut butter, protein powder and oats.

Pour in coconut milk.

Form into balls.

Roll in coconut flakes.

Also check out these super fluffy vanilla protein pancakes recipe!

Recipe Testing

For this recipe, our number one goal was to create a delicious go to snack, high in protein.  Because protein balls require a binder ingredient, there were several to consider during the testing phase.

These included:

  • honey
  • peanut butter
  • dates
  • almond butter
  • ground flax seed 
  • soaked chia seed
  • shredded carrot
  • chopped dried fruit

The second goal was to avoid adding any sugar and make these as healthy as possible. This removed honey, dates, and dried fruit from the equation. Since peanut and almond butters can be purchased with no added sugar, these were still contenders.

The third goal was to make this accessible to people with various diets and because seeds can disrupt some digestive tracts, we opted to leave these out.

This brought us to the carrots, peanut butter, and almond butter. While the carrots would provide a nice bite and crunch, they overwhelmed the palate when we really wanted a coconut vanilla flavor to shine through.  The peanut butter was too strong in flavor as well. Smooth almond butter with no added sugar was the winner. Combining the almond butter with rolled oats, shredded coconut, and coconut milk, along with the protein powder gave the protein balls a nice texture with a little crunch. The taste was approved by both kids and adults!

We scooped these into small balls and formed them tighter with our hands. Wearing kitchen disposable gloves really helps with easy cleanup. Rolling the balls in finely ground unsweetened coconut flakes really made these feel like a decadent treat as they were both beautiful and tasty. We popped these in the freezer to set quickly and stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container.



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