These keto coconut protein balls are my new favorite treat. I eat two for a low carb breakfast or snack and it really fills me up. This healthy snack idea is easy to make and only needs 5 ingredients. One keto energy ball has only 0.3g net carbs!
You might also like these low carb chocolate cheesecake bites!
Recently I found an old post for some chocolate coconut energy balls and decided to make them for a quick snack. They were really filling for me and satisfied my sweet tooth.
So today I wanted to mix it up a bit and decided to make these keto coconut protein balls. If you like coconut flavor you will love these little energy balls! Instead of using almond butter or other nut butter I use coconut oil and flakes.
These keto bites are great for a quick snack in the afternoon or even as a sugar free dessert! Best of all they take literally minutes to make – no baking and each one only has 0.3g net carbs.
Even more keto protein powder recipes to try.
Forget boring protein shakes. I have quite a few low carb high protein recipes that use protein powder. Actually here is a post with 29 protein powder recipes. Some of my favorite sweet snacks are:
- peanut butter banana fudge
- chocolate salted caramel fat bombs
- chocolate peanut butter protein pudding
- chocolate pudding popsicles
- banana bread granola
- sun dried tomato herb bread
Recipe ingredients I used.
The simple ingredients are coconut oil, unsweetened coconut flakes, low carb whey protein powder, vanilla extract and Swerve brown sugar sweetener or Lakanto Golden sweetener.
A note about the protein powders, I like Isopure Zero Carb protein powders because they are 0 carbs! I also like this Lite Protein birthday cake for recipes like this. They are both a keto friendly protein powder and add flavor and protein for little to no carbs and not many calories. You can use your protein powder of choice though.
As for the sweetener, you can use whatever you want but I do like this Swerve brown sugar sweeetener. You could also use Lakanto Golden which is a monk fruit sweetener and has a little bit of a brown sugar taste.
Lastly, I use unsweetened shredded coconut. You don’t want the sweetened kind you can buy in any grocery store.
I buy mine online but they might have it in your local grocery store. You can find many of these products for this recipe in my Amazon store if you are interested.
Easy way to toast coconut flakes.
This is the easiest thing to do and toasting coconut gives it more crunch and flavor. You can use it in the batter itself or just to coat energy balls at the end like I did.
To toast, add your unsweetened coconut to a dry pan on medium heat. Stir until it starts turning golden brown and take off the stove and pour onto a paper towel or plate.
It will continue to cook and burn a bit in the pan if you leave it in the pan.
I used these toasted flakes in a pumpkin seed butter treat as well as in low carb yogurt, pudding, cereal, chocolates etc so maybe make a little extra!
How to make keto coconut protein balls
I only made 10 small bite size balls in this batch but you can easily double the recipe if you want more.
Step 1: Take 2 tablespoons of the shredded coconut and toast them in a dry skillet. Make sure to watch because it will brown quickly. Take it off the stove and add to a plate or bowl to keep it from continuing to brown. Set aside.
Step 2: Add all the ingredients except the toasted flakes in a small mixing bowl and mix with a fork to get the coconut oil incorporated well. Don’t use melted coconut oil as it will be too soupy. I would not use a food processor for this because they coconut oil will just start to melt.
Note if it’s too crumbly or has a dry texture you might want to add a teaspoon more of almond milk or water and mix it in well.
Step 3: Place the batter in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to make it easier to work with.
Step 4: Take the batter out of the refrigerator and using a teaspoon amount, roll batter into dough balls and then roll around the toasted coconut. Make sure the press the toasted flakes into the dough balls and then place them on a plate.
Store in an airtight container or baggie the refrigerator or freezer. I keep mine in the freezer though they get a little hard. Let them thaw a few minutes if you do this.
Recipe notes and tips.
- This recipe makes 10 small low carb protein balls but if you want bigger sized balls or just more you can easily double the recipe.
- Take a little taste of the batter for sweetness. Depending on your protein powder you may need more or less sweetener.
- If the dough is too wet refrigerate to make the coconut oil firm up.
- If it’s too dry to roll into balls, add a bit of cream or almond milk, a teaspoon at a time, until it’s more moist.
- You can use your sweetener of choice or any kind of protein powder you like. I just used 1 scoop in the whole recipe.
- I used vanilla extract but you could use another flavor if you want.
Well I hope you like these keto coconut protein balls as much as I do. Like I mentioned before these are great for healthy snacks. They are also good for me when I want a quick low carb breakfast. I just grab a few and they really fill me up.
The nutritional information for 1 of the coconut cake energy bites is: 49 cals / 4.1g fat / 0.6g carbs / 0.3g fiber / 2.6g protein = 0.3g net carbs
Check out my friend Maya’s keto diet article to learn more about how to start a low carb diet. It’s an excellent article!
Keto Coconut Protein Balls
These keto coconut protein bites are my new obsession. I eat two for a low carb breakfast or snack and it really fills me up. These sweet treats are really easy to make and only need a few ingredients. Two protein balls have only 0.6g net carbs!
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons coconut, shredded, unsweetened
- 1 scoop Vanilla Protein powder (I like Isopure Zero Carb)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoons Swerve brown sugar sweetener or Lakanto Golden sweetener
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
- Take 2 tablespoons of unsweetened shredded coconut and add to a dry skillet. Heat to medium heat and stir until toasted to a golden brown. Take off heat and spread out on a paper towel to cool.
- In a mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients (protein powder, Lakanto sweetener and 2 tablespoons of unsweetened coconut) and mix well.
- Add in the coconut oil, almond milk and vanilla extract. Mix well with a fork to get the coconutl oil to combine with the dry ingredients. You don't want to use a food processor as it will make the batter runny. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
- Take out and form into small balls and then roll into the coconut. Press down in the toasted coconut to make sure they are completely covered, Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
- If freezing let them thaw a few minutes before eating as they may get hard.
- *** Note *** If the batter is too loose, the refrigeration will harded the coconut oil and make it easier to use. If it's too dry you can add a teaspoon of almond milk or water to get it into cookie batter like consistency.
The nutritional information for 1 coconut cake protein bite is: 49 cals / 4.1g fat / 0.6g carbs / 0.3g fiber / 2.6g protein = 0.3g net carbs
- This recipe makes 10 small protein bites but if you want more you can easily double the recipe.
Take a little taste of the batter for sweetness. Depending on your protein powder you may need more or less sweetener.
- If the dough is too soupy refrigerate to make thecoconut oilfirm up.
- If it's too dry to roll into balls, add a bit of cream or almond milk, a teaspoon at a time, until it's more moist.
- You can use any kind of protein powder you like. I just used 1 scoop in the whole recipe.
I used vanilla extract but you could also use coconut if you have it.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 bite
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Unsaturated Fat: 0g
What a healthy and yummy sounding snack! And your recipe makes it sound so easy too :)!
I’ve never heard of monk fruit sweetener before – so many new zero carb sweeteners out there. These are so perfect to grab on the way out the door in the morning!
These sound so good, I am always looking for easy to make snacks, especially when they’ve been “spiked” with extra protein. Yum.
As a huge coconut fan, these little bites are the perfect snack for me! And I always love those tropical flavors during the summer. Thanks for sharing!
That toasted coconut looks like perfection! I’ve been on the hunt for some healthier sweet treat options and this sounds so perfect for summer!
These looks so tasty the coconut is so beautifully toasted! I can totally see grabbing a couple of these for a quick breakfast!
These are such a great on-the-go power snack! I’m so excited for summer and all the tropical flavors it brings — especially coconut! Can’t wait to try these!
I have a feeling that these cuties will quickly become my favorite treats as well. They are absolutely delicious! And healthy, too 🙂
These look scrumptious and from the description they taste even better. I love coconut! I’ve been reading more and more about monk fruit sugar, but it’s unfortunately not something I can get here. I’d be interested to try it out, as I have a huge sweet tooth but I don’t like the flavour of stevia. I’m still eating regular sugar, but I would like to try cutting it if I find a decent substitute. I will keep looking, hoping this will become available where I live.
Hi Eva, you can definitely make it with brown sugar, or white sugar or any sweetener you want. Lakanto is a 1 to 1 substitute for sugar so just use the same amount in the recipe.
Gloria | Homemade & Yummy
I am always looking for healthy treats to make for the grandkids. I think they would love these. I know gramma needs all the energy she can get…they can run fast!
I hear you on that one!
What a perfect, delicious little snack. I love coconut, and I don’t think I could stop at just a couple. Can’t wait to make!
I love how easy and tasty these are! Perfect little bites in between meals; just what I needed!
I love any kind of coconut treat and these sound amazing. I can’t wait to try them.
Protein bites are such a great afternoon pick me up. These coconut cake ones sound fabulous!
Amy | The Cook Report
These sound like such a great snack idea!
You spelled scoop wrong “1 scopp Isopure Zero Carb Vanilla Protein powder”
Thank you Paulette!
As an English teacher, I had to laugh at this! You spelled ‘scoop’ correctly, of course!! Love coconut flavoured snacks. These energy balls look fabulous!