Gluten-Free Protein Balls (Dairy-Free)

I love sugar. That’s the straight-up truth. I have an incurable sweet tooth. But in the name of good health, I do try to find a balance between yummy treats and healthy treats. Insert these totally fun and yet totally responsible gluten-free protein balls.

Note: This post contains affiliate links to which I earn a small commission, but don’t worry there’s no extra cost to you! Thank you for supporting CAKED by Katie.

A small glass bowl full of protein balls with sprinkles

Gluten-Free Protein Balls

When that afternoon sweet treat craving hits, one or two of these sprinkled bites of protein goodness are just what I need to get through to dinner. Packed full of vegan protein and real whole food ingredients these healthy treats will fill you up, hit the sweet spot, and bring some added fun.

Let’s get started with my all-time favorite vegan and gluten-free protein. It’s called Nuzest and it’s my go-to protein for shakes, smoothies, baking, and all my other protein needs.

My dairy-sensitive tummy appreciates that it is plant-based while my tastebuds go gaga over the smooth creamy taste. I will even put a scoop in my kids’ pancakes or oats to give them a protein boost in the morning.

How To Make Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Protein Balls

Grab a big mixing bowl and let’s start! First up, melt the coconut oil and combine it with the maple syrup (or agave if you prefer it) and mix together until it is well combined.

Next, add in the almond flour, protein powder, fine sea salt, and milk. Using a bit of elbow grease, mix together until a stiff dough forms.

a small glass bowl full of protein balls and the top one has a bite in it

Last, but never least, comes the sprinkles. You certainly don’t need sprinkles, but honestly, they add some fun and color, and what’s life without that?!

I recommend adding jimmie-only type sprinkles or confetti ones as they won’t bleed their color into the protein ball.

Easy Gluten-Free Protein Ball Recipe

Grab a 1 ½ tbsp cookie scoop and start scooping away. Make sure you give each protein ball a firm press and roll in the palm of your hand and allow them to cool and set in the fridge.

Keep them stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days. They can also be frozen for up to 6 months.

There you have it! Fun, yummy, and healthy gluten-free protein balls that are ready to help curb that afternoon sweet tooth craving.

A hand holding a sprinkled protein ball with a bite out of it
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
a small glass bowl full of round light pink protein balls with sprinkles

Gluten-Free Protein Balls (Dairy-Free)

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

No reviews

  • Author: Katie Stymiest
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: Approx 12 bites 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


The easiest gluten-free protein balls full of whole ingredients and fun sprinkles. The perfect snack to satisfy that afternoon sweet tooth craving. Bonus: they are dairy-free/vegan too!


Units Scale

Protein Balls

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup *see notes
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free vanilla protein *I use Nuzest
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons dairy-free milk *I use unsweetened almond
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free sprinkles *optional


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the maple syrup and coconut oil.
  2. Add in the almond flour, protein powder, salt, and milk. Mix until combined and a stiff dough forms.
  3. Add in the sprinkles and mix until just combined.
  4. Using a cookie scoop, scoop the protein dough and roll firmly in your hand.
  5. Allow to cool and set in the fridge. Enjoy!


  • can sub agave, honey, or date syrup
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe rating 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star