Paleo recipes: The best homemade protein supplement bars or balls (in under 5min)

Content by: Guy Lawrence

By Guy Lawrence

Over the next few months, we’ll be putting up a series of simple video recipes along with the paleo recipes section.  In this video, I show you how I make Coconut & Carob protein bars & balls (depending how you roll with it). A seriously delicious snack!

They are low carb, high protein and easily homemade using the ingredients listed below along with our very own 180 protein supplement. Honestly, these protein bars & balls have been my saviour on times, and they can be knocked up in the kitchen in under 5 minutes.

high protein barsIngredients

  • 4 x 50g scoops of 180 protein supplement.
  • 1-2 dessert spoons of carob powder
  • Small handful of diced prunes
  • Approximately 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1-2 dessert spoons of 100% almond butter
  • Takes 5 minutes to prepare
Once all the ingredients are mixed into balls, pop in the fridge for 1 hour to set.

Homemade protein bars & balls transcription

Hi, this is Guy of 180 Nutrition and today I wanted to share with you one of our most popular recipes – the 180 protein bars & balls. What we have been finding is that they have been proven very popular and are very simple to make. You can pretty much knock them together in a few minutes, pop them in your tupperware container and take them with you wherever you go, and it will make for a really good protein snack.

I’m probably here going to knock up about for or six protein bars & balls, and show you the process. They are going to be coconut & carob flavour protein balls.

With the scoops, we going to throw in probably four scoops of 180 protein supplement for this practise. You don’t have to be to fussy with the measurements, I’m not anyway.

Paleo protein barsSo this is carob powder, carob is beautiful and gives the protein bars & balls a slightly different taste. I’m using approximately a dessert spoon., but then again, you can pretty much use what you want, even the chocolate 180 protein supplement. Now from that point, what I’m throwing in next is pitted prunes. I’ve just diced them up a little, but you can also throw them into a food processor if you want. But then again, you can pretty much use what fruit you want, cranberries are really nice too.

The other thing you must be wary of, is if you are trying to stay away from processed foods and maybe lose a little bit of weight, and are using the protein bars / balls to snack on, go easy on the fruit as this will effect your weight loss. You can actually do the protein  bars & balls without fruit and sweeten them with a little bit of stevia.

What we are using for the binding agent is coconut oil. This a cold pressed coconut oil and I’ve had it sitting in the sink of hot water for a few minutes, just to make it melted. And I’ll also be using some almond paste, a) for the taste and b) it will also help it bind.

So I’ll put a tablespoon of almond paste in first, and I’ve also had this sitting in the sink of hot water to make it a bit more runny. Then the other thing of course is the coconut oil. What i generally find is, I just pour it over on top to cover then just get my hands in there to mix it up. What you want is a good consistency so it’s not to dry, yet not to wet either, so as you squeeze it, it comes together nicely. Literally just grab some, squeeze it together and roll it into your bar or ball. Pop them onto your plate, when you’ve rolled them all together and put them on the plate, place the plate in the fridge and give them a good hour. If you want to speed up the process, stick them in the freezer for 20 minutes. And there you have it! A high paleo protein bar or ball. Pop them in your tupperware container and you are good to go.

Guy Lawrence

This article is brought to you by Guy Lawrence. Guy is a qualified fitness trainer with over 10 years of experience in the health industry. Guy worked at the UTS Fitness Centre in Sydney Australia where he specialised in exercise nutrition and obtained his Certificate in Exercise Nutrition and Certified... Read More

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14 Replies to “Paleo recipes: The best homemade protein supplement bars or balls (in under 5min)”
Donna says:

Hey Guy

Great to see a quick protein ball being made, as time can be such an issue to making good healthy food.
Love your 5 minute version

180nps says:

Thanks Donna! I just wish the video took 5 minutes to make too 🙂

Caroline Howe says:

Guy… the out takes are hilarious… well done buddy 😉

Karen says:

sounds good, but where do you shop?
coconut oil
carob powder
almond butter
plus other ingredients from other recipes? where do I find these?

180nps says:

Hi Karen. Any good independent health store should stock most of these ingredients… Hope that helps.

Angela says:

yum yum yum! Second time I made the bars I layered them i.e. put one batch down then scattered roasted cashews on top (you could do raw if you prefer) and then spread the second batch on top….awesome!

Matt says:

Great recipe guys, any idea on how to get the texture better without fruit?

Made with a bit of banana or prunes they are perfect. Without any fruit they come out really powdery (even though wet with coconut oil).

Is there anything low carb you’d recommend to moisten them?


180nps says:

Good question! I’ve added almond paste and found that helpful. Let me know how you go…

lynda says:

Any suggestions what the prunes could be replaced with for those wanting to eliminate the fructose?

180nps says:

Hi Lynda. You could potentially use rice malt as this is fructose free. Another option is to add more almond paste as this would help with moisture. Hope that helps…. Guy

Claire says:

roughly how many protein balls would you say this makes? for someone watching there calorie intake this seems like a high density kinda snack… could we substitute half the coconut oil for something like coconut juice, or apple sauce etc? if this makes the mixture too wet (juice for example has the capacity to do this), could a shake of a coconut flour work? just trying to tweak it a tad to be dieter friendly too

noah says:

I’m super lazy and can’t make anything that takes more than a few mins. Thanks for this quick and easy protein snack. My only problem is that I can never eat just one, they are delicious. I’m also hooked on your WOD bars:)

Peter Sveronis says:

Hi guys. Great read, awesome info. You were recommended to me by a friend who swears by you. He believes you could provide some solutions to our predicament. I’m looking for nut free, dairy free, wheat free, egg free recipes for these snacks to have with my wife and kids. Nasty allergies in our home! As much as they love fruit and veggies, there’s only so many green things you can put in front of a kid as a snack! and we aim not to give them junk wrapped in plastic…even if it says organic on it.

Thanks, all the best.

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