Top 8 Allergen Free Protein Balls

Chocolate black bean protein balls are free from peanuts, tree nuts, and seeds. Made with black beans, cocoa, coconut oil, coconut flakes and chocolate pieces.

Do you remember when all you would see on Pinterest and Facebook were protein balls! The quick, easy, healthy snack with a hit of protein. First made with peanut butter, then the peanut and tree nut allergy peeps naturally got in the game with SunButter. There were allergy friendly recipes, but none that were friendly to my allergies. 

Determined to give protein balls a try I took to the kitchen. And what surfaced was a pretty awesome thing! Presenting to you, free of the top 8 allergens, black bean based protein balls! And as a bonus, they are also free of all seeds. They do contain oats, which are not on FARE’s list of wheat products (not a wheat expert so had to check).

A protein ball that works

Peanut free, nut free, seed free protein balls. Made with black beans, cocoa, and coconut oil.

Let me just tell you right now that these babies work! They give you the boost you need whether you are going for a hike, need to get through the day or training for a half marathon. Did I say training for a half marathon? You bet! This is why I can confidently tell you they work because they were part of my half marathon training, and I did a personal best last week at the Berlin Half Marathon. They tots hit the spot! Let’s see if they do the same in September when I take on the big 42km. 😱

Getting protein

Peanut and Treenut free Protein Balls steps

The base of protein balls needs to be protein. Since I can’t do peanut butter or any of its alternatives, I needed to find something sticky that would bind all the ingredients together and be high in protein. Not easy criteria to fill, eh. The solution was a combination of black beans, honey, and my fav coconut oil. Black beans are full of protein and you can’t taste them at all. Sweetness is brought to you by honey and binding power is amplified with the coconut oil. Cocoa and coconut flakes are your flavours and chopped chocolate gives you texture.

My guinea pigs (aka family), have told me they taste somewhat like cliff bars. My sister even went so far as to say better 😀  She was my hand model and got paid in protein balls! Hehe, cheap labour!

Easy no cooking or baking protein balls. Top 8 free and made with black beans

Oh and one more thing to boast about. They are ridiculously easy to make! No cooking, no baking, only a little blending or pulverising needed. I weigh out each ball to make 30 pieces, which means they each weigh roughly 19.5g. You don’t have to be that specific, but since they are a ‘sports treat’ I wanted to be more meticulous.

Easy no cooking or baking protein balls. Top 8 free and made with black beans

In our home, these little guys go by “Kraftbällchen”, translating from German to tiny strength balls. But in the end, a name is but a name, what counts is if they work. Which they do! This is my first 100% from scratch recipe, can you tell I’m quite proud? ☺️ I hope these protein balls bring you the strength and taste satisfaction they have for me!

Serves 1 (19g)

Top 8 Allergen Free Protein Balls

Chocolate black bean protein balls are free from peanuts, tree nuts, and seeds. Made with black beans, cocoa, coconut oil, coconut flakes and chocolate pieces.

45 minPrep Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 400g Can of Black Beans (rinsed well)
  • 4 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 1/2 cup Rolled Oats (old fashion)
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • 1/3 cup Chocolate, either chips or bakers chocolate (roughly chopped)

Instructions

  1. In a blender, Vitamix, or food processor blend black beans, honey, coconut oil, and cocoa together until a smooth paste is formed. Once you think you have blended it enough, blend it for 30 seconds more.
  2. Transfer black bean paste to a bowl and mix in rolled oats, coconut and chocolate until very well combined. The same applies here, one you feel it is well mixed, mix it again!
  3. Roll into balls, either weigh them out or eyeball it. If you weigh them out, take the overall weight of the dough and divide by 30 to get the weight for each ball (roughly 20g). When rolling into balls, the dough may crumble a bit, give it a squeeze (like dry play dough) and gently roll between your two hands.
  4. Keep refrigerated. They are good for up to 3 weeks.
Recipe Type: Snack
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Chocolate black bean protein balls are free from peanuts, tree nuts, and seeds. Made with black beans, cocoa, coconut oil, coconut flakes and chocolate pieces.
Chocolate black bean protein balls are free from peanuts, tree nuts, and seeds. Made with black beans, cocoa, coconut oil, coconut flakes and chocolate pieces.

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