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Protein balls with rosehips to highlight your table

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These no-bake rosehip protein balls are a delicious healthy treat that carries the medicinal benefits of rosehips as well as other healthy ingredients. These raw vegan protein balls are gluten-free and make for a healthy dessert that decorates any Christmas table.

In my home, raw sweets are our preferred desserts. Last year, I shared this recipe for raw rosehip cookies and I noticed that many of you like to use healthy ingredients to make guilt-free desserts. Also, no-bake treats are easy to make, fast and mess-free. 

Vegan protein balls with rosehips

It used to be a tradition in my family when I was a child that every weekend my mum baked something. Since then I feel I should keep up with the tradition. But I don’t like to use white flour, white refined sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. So I turned to raw recipes, where white flour is replaced with almond flour or soaked cashew nuts and sugar with fruits, raw honey or maple syrup. It is very convenient for me and everybody like it. Just recently I made this wonderful cake when we went to visit my friends and no crumbs were left. 

These protein balls with rosehips belong exactly to this category of food. delicious, healthy so you can have 5 -6 pieces without any guilt. 

Similarly, these protein granola and protein truffles make healthy gluten-free snacks.

So what are the ingredients to make the best protein balls?

Almonds

I chose almonds because they are low in sugar compared to other nuts and are also high in protein. Their delicious taste and medicinal benefits are a perfect fit for our recipe. In this study, researchers suggest that eating one handful of almonds daily is efficient in the reduction of bad cholesterol. It consequently reduces the potential risk of heart disease.  

Rosehip no-bake protein balls

Apricots

Packed with antioxidants, fibre and vitamins stand at the top of most nutritional fruits of the food pyramid. The fact that they grow locally made me consider them the best for this no-bake protein ball recipe. Apricots are low in calories and fat while also an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Their mildly sour flavour complements the bitter taste of almonds. Their sticky texture helps bind the balls together and give them a tasty chewy texture.

Rosehip powder

Rosehip powder has been my favourite conservation method for rosehips which also preserve their antioxidant activities. Packed with vitamin C, E, B and another 23 minerals, it’s a pity we don’t eat them more often. For that reason, I am trying to implement them in various dishes to enjoy their benefits to the max. They are a vitamin bomb that you can get free from nature. The other rosehip recipes I just can’t live without are this delicious Rosehip jam, Roasted herbal fruit tea or this easy to make Rosehip oil to heal your skin.

If you want to give these balls citrus touch replace rosehip powder in this recipe with orange peel powder.

Gluten free rosehip balls recipe

Adding spices

Adding various spices (cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and chilli powder) to the mixture makes these protein balls spicy rather than sweet. They have a distinct taste that you shouldn’t pass upon. 

Protein balls recipe

First step: Start with the almonds. I just bought whole almonds with the skin. So I soaked them in hot water for 10- 15 minutes to remove the skin. If you want to keep the skin on as it is full of antioxidants you can also do so. Just grind them whole in the grinder to make fine almond flour.  

placing almonds into the food processor

Second step: Add apricots and mash them and blend them with almonds till you reach a fine consistency.

adding ginger powder into the mixture

Third step: Add coconut oil. You can either use fractionated coconut oil, a form of coconut oil with its fatty acid chains removed to be liquid at room temperature. Alternatively, use solid coconut oil but kept at room temperature for 15 minutes before its use. 

putting rosehip powder into the mixture

Fourth step: Add all the spices and a pinch of salt and mix it well. It takes some time to combine the mixture together. 

Making mixture with almonds and apricots to create the protein balls

Fifth step: Prepare a baking sheet and put the mixture on the sheet.

Sixth step: I used my hands at the end to knead the dough into a flat form

Forming the dough before placing it in the refrigerator

Seventh step: Cover the dough with the baking paper and keep it in the fridge for 15 minutes to settle

covering dough with baking paper before placing it in the fridge

Eighth step: Remove from the fridge and you will notice the dough is nice and solid and is ready to be moulded into little balls

Ninth step: Use a small spoon to make same sized scoops of dough that you finish with rolling in your hands. I managed to make 16 balls from this mixture

Making balls from dough

Tenth step: Make a coating mixture by combining 1 tsp of cocoa powder and 1 tsp of rosehip powder. Mix it well.

Eleventh step: Roll the protein balls in the coating mixture or use the sieve to cover the balls with the mixture

Twelfth step: Keep it in the fridge before serving

Other coating mixture combinations:

  1. Only cocoa powder
  2. Only rosehip powder
  3. Drizzle with peanut butter or any nut butter of your choice
  4. Coat with Coconut powder
  5. Almond flour
  6. Melted Raw Chocolate  
The best protein ball recipe with rosehips

Will these raw protein balls melt at room temperature?

It depends which coconut oil you used. If you used the liquid coconut oil they might melt slightly at room temperature. If you used the solid coconut oil they will stay solid. But I recommend to keep them in a closed food container.

Are these protein balls gluten-free?

Absolutely, no gluten in here. 

Are these no-bake protein balls vegan?

Yes, they are vegan too!

Extra protein boost

If you wish to boost these balls with the extra protein you can add 1 – 2 tsp of protein powder. You might want to compensate this with adding 4 extra pieces of apricots to make a desirable mixture consistency.

Yield: 16 balls

No bake protein balls with rosehips

rosehip protein balls

These no-bake rosehip protein balls are a delicious healthy treat that carries the medicinal benefits of rosehips as well as other healthy ingredients.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Instructions

  1. Grind whole almonds (with or without skin) in the grinder to make fine almond flour. 
  2. Add apricots and mash them and blend them with almonds till you reach a fine consistency.
  3. Add coconut oil
  4. Add all the spices (rosehip powder, ground ginger, cinnamon, chilli powder) and a pinch of salt and mix it well. It takes some time to combine the mixture together.
  5. Prepare a baking sheet and put the mixture on the sheet. I used my hands at the end to knead the dough into a flat form
  6. Cover the dough with the baking paper and keep it in the fridge for 15 minutes to settle
  7. Remove from the fridge and you will notice the dough is nice and solid and is ready to be moulded into little balls
  8. Use a small spoon to make same sized scoops of dough that you finish with rolling in your hands. I managed to make 16 balls from this mixture
  9. Make a coating mixture by combining 1 tsp of cocoa powder and 1 tsp of rosehip powder. Mix it well.
  10. Roll the protein balls in the coating mixture or use the sieve to cover the balls with the mixture

Notes

Keep it in the fridge before serving

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 47Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

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What is your favourite recipe with rosehips?

Vladka Merva on November 1st, 2019

9 Comments on “Protein balls with rosehips to highlight your table”

  1. These sound delicious and healthy! Would I be able to just use almond flour and save myself a step?

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