BANANA BREAD COLLAGEN ENERGY BALLS

January 18, 2019

BANANA BREAD COLLAGEN ENERGY BALLS

Energy balls have been a lifesaver during whole30! Even eating three full meals a day, it’s hard for this prego to get enough calories, so these poppable Banana Bread Collagen Energy Balls come in super handy. They’re made with whole30-approved ingredients, and are Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, high-protein, and low-fat with no added sugar! Only the natural sugar from bananas and dates.

Did you know? Collagen supplementation has been proven to increase skin elasticity and moisture, which means they could be helpful in preventing stretch marks during pregnancy! Read my article on collagen to learn more.

BANANA BREAD COLLAGEN ENERGY BALLS

Even though collagen is great source of protein for healthy skin and joints, if you don’t have it, you can totally substitute additional coconut flour instead. I would start with one-quarter cup of coconut flour, and add more as needed to get a thick, rollable dough.

BANANA BREAD COLLAGEN ENERGY BALLS

This recipe calls for half a cup each of coconut flour and almond flour, both of which are Paleo and Whole30! I tried substituting the coconut flour for more almond flour and had to use almost a cup and a half additional almond flour. You can also substitute the almond flour for blanched almonds, or any other nut or seed you can blend into a meal. I added some pecans towards the end of blending for texture, but you could also add walnuts or leave them out altogether.

BANANA BREAD COLLAGEN ENERGY BALLS

The wet ingredients include one medium banana (about half a cup mashed) and half a cup (pressed down) of pitted deglet noor dates. I also added pure vanilla extract, cinnamon, and sea salt for extra flavor (optional)! If you don’t have dates, try adding an additional quarter cup of banana (half one medium).

BANANA BREAD COLLAGEN ENERGY BALLS

The dough may seem dry at first, but keep blending or working in your food processor and eventually you’ll get a thick, rollable dough. You may need to add a tablespoon of water if it’s not sticking to itself. Or, add a tablespoon of coconut flour if they are too sticky!

Here’s the printable recipe for these Banana Bread Collagen Energy Balls. I hope you will rate and comment below if you try it 😉

This post contains affiliate links.

Print Pin
5 from 1 vote

Banana Bread Collagen Energy Balls (Paleo)

These banana bread collagen energy balls are Paleo with no added sugar! They're made with whole food ingredients, high-protein, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
Course Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 16 balls
Calories 85kcal
Author Sarah Wilkins, No Excuses Nutrition

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (120g) collagen peptides*
  • 1/2 cup (48g) almond flour*
  • 1/2 cup (64g) coconut flour*
  • 1/2 cup (70g) pitted dates*
  • 1/2 cup (120g) banana
  • 1/2 cup (63g) pecans optional
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract optional
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon optional
  • 1/4 tsp. salt optional

*See blog post above for substitutions.

    Instructions

    • Add almond flour, dates, banana, and extracts (optional) to a blender. Blend, scraping down the sides intermittently, until smooth.
    • Add collagen peptides, coconut flour, cinnamon and salt. Blend again, scraping down the sides intermittently, until you have a thick dough that sticks to itself.
    • If your ingredients are completely blended but the mixture seems crumbly, add 1-2 tablespoons of water or non-dairy milk. If your ingredients are completely blended but the mixture seems too sticky or wet, add 1-2 tablespoons of coconut flour.
    • If desired, add pecans and pulse until mixed in well.
    • By rounded tablespoon, measure out dough and roll into 16 balls, placing on a parchment-lined baking sheet or flat plate.
    • Place in the fridge for 15-30 minutes for a firmer texture, or enjoy right away for a more gooey texture!
    • Leftovers will keep in the fridge in an airtight container up to one week, or in the freezer up to one month.

    Notes

    Calories (per serving, minus optionals): 85kcal, Fat: 2.3g, Sat fat: 0.6g, Carbs: 8g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 9g, Sodium: 56mg
    Calories (per serving, including optionals): 109kcal, Fat: 4.7g, Sat fat: 0.8g, Carbs: 8g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 10g, Sodium: 92mg





    Leave a comment

    Comments will be approved before showing up.


    Also in Blog

    CHICKEN WILD RICE SOUP (DAIRY FREE)
    CHICKEN WILD RICE SOUP (DAIRY FREE)

    January 28, 2023

    Still on that soup kick and this one's a goodie! I made this Chicken Wild Rice Soup dairy free, gluten-free, macro-friendly, and loaded with flavor. It took several tries to perfect this soup, and it's a winner! It's got hearty wild rice, tender shredded chicken, delicious mushrooms and fresh herbs all in a thicker cream broth. 

    View full article →

    PROTEIN FERRERO ROCHERS (VEGAN)
    PROTEIN FERRERO ROCHERS (VEGAN)

    January 18, 2023

    I am feeling in the Valentine's Day spirit a little already (and always craving chocolate) so I made some vegan Protein Ferrero Rochers! They have a chocolate hazelnut filling with a roasted hazelnut in the center, surrounded by crushed vanilla wafer and coated in vegan milk chocolate. You can also roll them in crushed hazelnut like I did for extra crunch! While these aren't super high in protein, they offer a little boost. These chocolates are also lower in sugar, higher in fiber, and overall BIGGER than the world-famous Ferrero Rochers. 

    View full article →

    HIGH PROTEIN MINESTRONE SOUP
    HIGH PROTEIN MINESTRONE SOUP

    January 12, 2023

    I just love a good minestrone soup. However, minestrone is lacking in protein, at least not enough to make a balanced meal... so this High Protein Minestrone Soup was born! It's got Italian spices like basil and oregano, diced tomatoes in flavorful broth, tender pasta, kidney beans, chickpeas, carrots, celery, onion, fresh garlic, and Italian seasoned ground turkey for some extra protein. This soup is comforting, nourishing, and very filling! Bonus - it's also gluten free, dairy free, and macro-friendly. 

    View full article →

    Get my FREE meal prep guide!

    Get family-friendly recipes, nutrition tips and faith-based inspiration delivered straight to your inbox.