Even thought I’m trying to stick with a primarily Paleo diet, I still want to eat treats and I need/want them to be healthy or at least healthier. My mom (she’s the best) got me some of these Paleo Power Balls, they were ok, a little dry and pretty expensive, there are only TWO balls in each bag!!! Wow!! I said I think I could make them myself and I did.
My mom did a recipe detailer and she said that it comes out to about 77 calories per ball.
1 cup coconut butter/coconut manna
3/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
4 Tablespoons Collagen Powder
1 teaspoon Beef Gelatin (it is flavorless)
3 Tablespoons Craisins (this keeps it from being AIP and probably not totally Paleo because of the added sugar)
Good pinch of sea salt
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
2 Tablespoons orange juice
Water or more OJ if needed
I measured the coconut and then I processed in my magic bullet because I wanted it to be fine. I also processed the craisins, but be careful if you go too far they will start to make a paste, just pulse to desired size, I did mine maybe to rice size or a bit smaller.
Combine in a bowl the processed coconut, craisins, collagen, gelatin, orange zest and salt. Stir to combine, you might need to kind of knead it a bit with your hand to get it all really combined. Add in coconut butter, stir/mash around to get incorporated, then stir in the coconut oil and OJ. Stir and mash around until it is all combined. The consistency should be similar to cookie dough.
I used this scoop to make the balls and this recipe yielded about 25 power balls.
They will be a little soft but will firm up a bit as they sit. I like them room temperature but you could put them in the fridge or freezer too, the colder they are the harder/firmer they will be due to the coconut in them.
I made these with bottled OJ and no zest because I didn’t have any oranges on hand and the zest really kicks it up.
If you have a similar or another paleo, nut free protein ball recipe leave a comment and share it!