Deliciously Healthy Salted Caramel Protein Balls made from medjool dates and 3 other easy pantry staples! Made in about 5 minutes, they are the perfect delicious and healthy snack.
It's no secret how much I love a salted caramel recipe, like my salted caramel sauce, salted caramel mud cake, salted caramel cheesecake slice. (I've even put all of my favourite salted caramel treats together in one place!)
This caramel protein ball recipe has all the same delicious sweet and salty flavor of my other recipes, but with a healthy twist!
Made with just 4 easy ingredients, these easy energy bites taste just like a decadent dessert, but are good for you!
These caramel protein balls are made with medjool dates, giving them a delicious, caramel-like flavor, but with only healthy ingredients and no added sugar!
This protein bliss balls recipe is mixed in a Thermomix, food processor, or blender, so it only take about 5 minutes to make!
Why You’re Going To Love This Recipe
- 4 Ingredients – Made with just a handful of items (mostly pantry staples!), this delicious caramel protein ball recipe is not only easy, it's inexpensive, too.
- Healthy Recipe – These caramel protein ball with dates are made with healthy, whole foods, so you can feel good about feeding them to your family!
- Nut-Free – Many protein balls are made with nuts, but these aren't! This makes them perfect for anyone with a nut allergy or for taking them to school!
- Dairy-Free - This recipe is perfect for those with dairy intolerances.
- Vegan - My salted caramel protein balls are a healthy vegan snack.
- Refined Sugar Free - the medjool dates naturally sweeten these healthy energy bites.
- High In Dietary Fibre - dates are a great way to increase your fibre intake!
- Nutrient Packed - high in magnesium, potassium, Vitamins B5, B6, E and calcium.
- So Quick & Easy – These caramel protein balls are made in a Thermomix, food processor, or blender in just about 5 minutes!
What You Need
- medjool dates – be sure to use medjool dates since they have a soft, chewy texture and give these protein balls a caramel-like flavor. If you can't buy medjool dates, soak dried pitted dates in boiling water for 15 minutes before using.
- rolled oats – use rolled oats instead of instant or steel-cut oats for the best results
- desiccated coconut – if you can't find desiccated coconut in the stores, you can make you own
- salt - this counteracts the sweetness of the dates and gives these protein balls the ultimate salted caramel flavour.
How To Make Caramel Protein Balls with Just 4 Ingredients
Note: Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for the ingredients quantities and full detailed method!
Step 1 – Mix The Ingredients
Add all ingredients to your Thermomix, food processor, or blender. Blitz or blend them until they resemble small crumbs.
Step 2 – Roll Into Balls
Take large teaspoonfuls of the mixture and roll into balls.
Step 3 - Chill
Store the bliss balls in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze until needed.
Recipe Tips & FAQ
Where do I buy medjool dates?
Medjool dates can be bought from all major supermarkets. If you can't buy medjool dates for your protein balls, you can use dried pitted dates, however, you'll need to soak them in water for 15 minutes before using and may also need to add a little water to the mixture when blitzing.
How can I store my protein balls with dates?
Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months.
What do I do if my protein balls aren't shaping into balls easily?
If your mixture is not easily rolling into balls, add a little water to the mixture and blitz again until it comes together easily.
Can I make these protein balls in my Thermomix?
Absolutely! This recipe can be made using a food processor, blender or Thermomix.
More Protein Ball Recipes
Protein balls (also known as bliss balls) make a nutritious and healthy snack.
They're a great lunch box snack, post-workout treat or mid-afternoon energy bite.
Here's a few more of my most popular protein ball recipes:
- Double Chocolate Protein Balls - less than 70 calories per serve
- Peanut Butter Protein Balls - the ultimate flavour combo in a healthy snack!
- Lemon & Coconut Protein Balls - these protein balls are made with cashew nuts and taste AMAZING!
- 'Nutella' Protein Balls - just like your favourite chocolate hazelnut spread... but nutritious!
- Chocolate Mint Balls - you could be forgiven for thinking that these decadent chocolate balls are a naughty dessert... but they're the exact opposite! Healthy, nutritious and delicious.
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Healthy Salted Caramel Protein Balls
- 200 g pitted medjool dates
- ⅔ cup (65g) rolled oats
- ⅓ cup (35g) desiccated coconut
- good pinch of salt
- Add all ingredients into a blender or Thermomix. If using a blender, blitz until all ingredients are finely chopped and the mixture comes together (it will resemble small crumbs).If using a Thermomix, press Turbo until the mixture is finely chopped and comes together (it will resemble small crumbs).
- Take large teaspoonfuls of the mixture and roll into balls (see notes).
- Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Hello Lucy. Is it 168 calories for one salted caramel ball or for 10?
Hi Leanne, per ball xx
Delicious, simple and a family favourite.
Yay! Thank you xx
These are delicious! And I love that they use oats instead of nuts so that they are not as heavy. Thank you so much.
Thank you so much!!
Do they actually taste anything like caramel???
They sure do!
Why is the word caramel in the name
They taste like caramel! 🙂
Ok I’m going to find out tonight, thanks
Thank you so much! This is one recipe I've come across where the measurements give me the consistency I've wanted! I'm sensitive to nuts, so this is SO amazing! I added a TBS of maca powder for that extra caramel flavour and next time I'll be less conservative with the salt. Thank you again!
Aww that is so great! Thank you so much!