These fruity, no added sugar 4-Ingredient Quinoa Protein Energy Balls with Pineapple make a fantastic healthy snack. These no bake energy balls will satisfy your sugar cravings without too many calories!
Do you love snacking on almonds or dried fruit? Well, with this easy protein ball recipe you can enjoy them both together. I’ve chosen to combine almonds with sweet, tangy pineapple for an exotic, delicious, energy boosting high protein snack.
No added sugar protein balls recipe
These protein energy balls do not contain any added sugar (or syrup of any kind) and are packed full of healthy ingredients. In addition to the almonds and dried pineapple, I also used cooked quinoa and a bit of freshly squeezed orange juice. The result is a moist, naturally sweet and zesty snack that’s also full of delicious goodness.
If you like this protein ball recipe you may also enjoy these Prune, Nut and Chocolate Energy Balls. They are also dairy and gluten free and super easy to make!
Protein energy balls
We know that quinoa is a high protein seed. Well, turns out almonds have even more protein than quinoa (21g per 100g of almonds). Even the dried pineapple contains some protein! So this low sugar snack is a really fantastic source of plant protein!
Why did I use orange juice?
You might be wondering why I used orange juice rather than pineapple juice in this protein balls recipe. I find pineapple juice slightly bitter so orange juice simply worked better in this recipe. (Use a sweet, rather than sour tasting orange).
Use a powerful blender
You will need a really good blender to make this 4-ingredient protein ball recipe. This is because you are effectively turning the almonds into almond butter. Plus the dried fruit is quite tough so it needs a powerful machine to turn it into mush.
I used my Optimum VAC2 Air Vacuum Blender, which is just the blender for the job. It took less than 2 minutes to turn the tough almonds and fruit into a soft and moist mixture. Then all I had to do was form the balls, roll them in crushed almond flakes and my energy balls were ready!
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4-Ingredient Quinoa Protein Energy Balls with Pineapple
- 150 g blanched almonds, plus crushed almond flakes for coating
- 150 g dried pineapple
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, loosely packed
- 6-7 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice, use a sweet tasting orange
- Combine the blanched almonds, pineapple, half of the quinoa and 6 tablespoons of the juice. Blend until the mixture becomes moist and thick. Be careful not to overblend as the mixture might become too runny.
- Remove from the blender, add the rest of the quinoa and stir thoroughly. You may want to add another spoonful of the orange juice if the mixture is too thick. Form the balls and roll in crushed almond flakes. Sprinkle some water on your hands (as you are forming the balls) to prevent the mixture from sticking to them.
- Pop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.
- Keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.
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I am bringing this 4-Ingredient Quinoa Protein Energy Balls with Pineapple to Fiesta Friday. This week’s co-hosts are Liz @ spadesspatulasandspoons.com and Deb @ Pantry Portfolio. Also sharing with #CookBlogShare, which I have the pleasure of co-hosting this week!