Five Ingredients to Becoming a Baller for Pepper Passport (Three protein ball recipes with ingredients that you’ve actually heard of)


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First seen on PepperPassport

If you’re someone who does any kind of moderate exercise (or you just follow fitness #fitspo Instagram accounts) you’ll be aware of how beneficial a protein hit is an hour after working out. It maximises muscle repair, and keeps you satisfied and energised. And while we don’t all have access into a succulent T-bone steak straight after the gym; This is when you grab some (protein) balls and get on with it.

But, have you ever actually looked at the list of ingredients on the back of a protein bar/ball?!

Owing to the ridiculous blend of preservatives, freaky pseudo-foods and fake flavourings, it’s pretty much impossible to identify a single ingredient. And admittedly, it’s too easy to stay in blissful ignorance when the flavours you’re up against are Cookies and Cream, Salted Caramel or some other faux delicious flavour – which is understandable – I mean – it’s cookies and cream we’re talking about…

As much as I myself love those oh-so delicious flavours, my priorities are more inclined towards the cheap and nutritionally packed.

If you’re thinking: “yeah, look, I could make my own but that takes time and effort which I don’t have. Ever.” Cool. But these recipes have FIVE ingredients. Each recipe can be done in under 20 minutes with no baking – and you know, it’s like, better for your body and health and stuff, no big deal.

Choc-Almond Power Protein Balls


  • 1 cup raw almonds or almond meal (or any other raw nuts such as walnuts, cashews, macadamias, hazelnuts)
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • Coconut water (as needed)
  • Chopped cashews/chia seeds/desiccated coconut for rolling


  1. Put almonds/chosen nuts in a food processor and blend until fine (tbh, can also just use almond meal for this part)
  2. Add the dates in the food processor and blend together until you have a moist mixture
  3. Add the cacao powder then feel the mixture, it should be a fudgey, gooey consistency – if not, add small amounts of coconut water to the food processor until the mixture fudgy enough to roll into balls. (I used about a table spoon of coconut water)
  4. Roll them up and if you feel you need some extra texture, you can roll the balls in chia seeds, desiccated coconut or chopped nuts. (I used cashews)

Makes 10 balls

94 calories per ball
2.2g protein
6.8g carbs
3.5g sugar

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