Beetroot Chocolate Protein Balls

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Beetroot Chocolate Protein Balls

I’ll admit it: I’ve hit the chocolate pretty hard this Christmas. And my mum’s brandy-soaked Christmas cake kept me evenly hammered over the Yuletide season. But I can’t just pass up the remnants of the Quality Street tin cold turkey (boom boom), so I’ll need a small healthy hit of chocolate every day to get back to my usual relatively good diet. Exit the toffee pennies, enter the protein ball.

My little ones need a bit of a detox as well. I need to put an end to the wild-eyed pleading for another chocolate penny as they rabidly run about, high on sugar, paper-tearing euphoria and the off-gassing of new toys and leftover sprouts.

These easy-to-make, easy-to-eat protein balls are filled with goodness courtesy of oats and protein-rich peanut butter and for the vegetable in this recipe I’ve added beets – always a delicious bedfellow for chocolate. I prefer mine rolled in milled linseeds for a bit of extra goodness, but also try cocoa powder, coconut or chopped nuts. Store them in the fridge or freezer for a quick treat for both adults and kids.

Happy New Year x

Beetroot Chocolate Protein Balls

Beetroot Chocolate Protein Balls


  • 75g (2/3 cup) rolled oats
  • 1 cooked, cooled beetroot (about 75g)
  • 125g (1/2 cup) peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon skimmed milk powder or protein powder
  • Coconut, cocoa powder, milled linseeds etc… for rolling


  1. In a food processor, whiz the oats until they are fine. Add all other ingredients and combine. Roll into teaspoon-sized balls, roll in coconut, cocoa etc… and store in the refrigerator or freezer.


Ideas for rolling: Milled linseeds Cocoa Powder Coconut Chopped nuts

Beetroot Chocolate Protein Balls

Beetroot Chocolate Protein Balls

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28 thoughts on “Beetroot Chocolate Protein Balls

  1. Beautiful!! I need these for my healthy start. Will grab the ingredients :) Thanks very much for joining in with #recipeoftheweek. I’ve Pinned and tweeted this post and there’s a fresh linky live now. Please do join in! :D

  2. Wow from Boulder, Colorado! I just discovered your site through Taste Spotting, I love making these, but never considered using beets! Beautiful photography!

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