Top 8 free oatmeal raisin protein balls are also vegan and sugar free!
Do you remember when protein balls, aka bliss balls, were all the rage? Are they still hip? Well, I don’t know about you, but protein balls have maintained their coolness appeal in our house.
Last year I did lots of experimenting to see how I could make a top 8 and seed free protein ball. If you look for a nut free protein ball recipe, most recipes use a seed butter to replace the protein punch and binding power of a nut butter. Unfortunately for me, I can’t use any of these replacements, so I needed to find a new solution: beans! Beans give you the protein required to be called a ‘protein ball’ and the stickiness necessary to hold all the other ingredients together.
The first nut free protein balls I made was chocolate based and used black beans. Using black beans felt very limiting because of color and their taste is not entirely neutral, so doing an oatmeal raisin ball with them doesn’t work or look cute. This is where other bean experimentation came into play… it was a pretty easy solution. If I could only have one bean for the rest of my life, it would be the white bean. So naturally, the day came where I had to see if they could be used as the base for a protein ball. Dang was that day a glorious one!
Oatmeal Raisin Protein Balls are made with white beans, gluten-free oats, raisins, coconut oil, and cinnamon. That’s all! Oh hey, no added sugar! And they taste like cookie dough to boot! The magic trick to these protein balls? Toast half the oats this adds an extra layer of flavour! Time to grab your blender and get the balls rolling.