Christmas protein balls

Get into the spirit of the season with these festive protein balls from dietitian Jemma O’Hanlon.

Christmas is just around the corner, but it doesn’t have to mean gorging on mince pies, rum balls and throwing the towel on all that hard work you’ve been doing this year. I’ve created these Christmas protein balls with your waistline in mind, but also to get your taste buds singing Christmas carols.

The recipe uses all-natural protein straight from the tree itself: almonds. It’s clean, vegan and will hit that sweet spot. These protein balls are perfect as an afternoon treat with a cuppa, so why not make some for your friends as a healthy gift? You know what they say about the way to someone’s heart…

Wishing you a merry Christmas, Jemma.

Makes 8


  • ½ cup almonds
  • 6 Medjool dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup dried cherries
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp mixed spice
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ⅛ tsp ground cloves
  • Shredded coconut (for rolling)

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it comes together and forms a paste. Mould into eight balls, roll in coconut and refrigerate prior to serving.

Jemma O’Hanlon is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist with a love for long macchiatos, dark chocolate and weekend brunches. She’s a Richmond Fitness First member who loves BodyPump and running. Follow Jemma @jemmaohanlon.

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