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Naturally Pink Protein Snacks in a bowl. These naturally pink balls are a snack that keeps you full for hours!

Naturally Pink Protein Snacks (GF & DF)

These delicious protein snacks are filled with healthy ingredients! Perfect for "Legally Blonde" fans or for anyone looking for a tasty, filling snack that won't wreck your waistline.  Sweet, chewy, and nutty! See recipe notes for vegan option!

Course Snack
Cuisine Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Keyword healthy gluten-free protein snack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Time in Fridge 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 580 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup finely shredded coconut unsweetened
  • 1 tablespoon beet juice

Instructions

  1. Mix oats, cashew butter, ground flaxseed, dried cherries, and honey together in a bowl.  Make sure everything is well combined.

  2. Cover bowl with plastic wrap.  Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes.  The mixture should be hardened, but still easy to work with.

  3. Put shredded coconut in a quart sized ziploc bag.  Add beet juice.  Close bag tightly then shake until coconut is fully coated in beet juice and has a nice, bright pink color to it.  Feel free to add more beet juice by the teaspoon until you've achieved the color pink that you want (the more beet juice you add, the darker the color will be). 

  4. Spread the pink shredded coconut onto an even layer on a large plate.

  5. Remove the cashew and oats mixture from the fridge.  Spoon out about 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture.  Roll into a ball with your hands.

  6. Place the ball onto the plate with the shredded coconut and roll it around with a spoon or your hands until it's fully coated.  Place on a separate bowl or plate (you can cover the bowl or plate with wax paper to prevent sticking).

  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 with remaining mixture.  The balls will keep in the fridge tightly covered in plastic wrap for up to 4 days.  You can also freeze them.  They'll stay fresh longer and you can enjoy them thawed or frozen!

Recipe Notes

For additional protein, add 2 tablespoons of plain or vanilla protein powder (I like this one here) to the oat and cashew butter mixture before putting it into the fridge.  You can also add 2 tablespoons of collagen peptides, but the balls might be slightly stickier.  

Be sure to choose a bottled beet juice that's JUST beets without any additional ingredients.  A little lemon juice is okay but the primary ingredient should be beets.  I recommend this brand of beet juice or this one here.

To make this recipe vegan, you can replace the honey with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup.  

PRO TIP: Beet juice stains!  Wear disposable gloves when rolling the balls in the coconut, so you don't stain your hands.  You should also wear an apron to protect your clothes (this one here is super cute and has pockets!)

Nutrition Facts
Naturally Pink Protein Snacks (GF & DF)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 580 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 478mg14%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 360IU7%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.