Cinnamon Churro Protein Balls: A Healthy Churros Recipe
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Every now and then I get a recipe right on the first try. And other times, like with these cinnamon churro protein balls, it takes me 8,732 tries. Don’t worry, all the failed attempts were totes worth it.
My experiments started with churro cookies and evolved into basic churros both baked and air fried, but I wasn’t in love with anything. At one point, I sat down to publish a recipe for churro cake bars but for whatever reason thought they’d be better squeezed into ball form. So I went to the kitchen and put it to the test. The result, as you can guess, are the cinnamon churro protein balls you’re looking at.
I love them. They’re incredibly tender and moist on the inside with the perfect crisp on the outer shell. And in typical low calorie fashion, each protein ball will only run you around 80 calories with 8 grams of protein. That’ll do.
Ingredient Notes for Cinnamon Churro Protein Balls
The ingredient list for this recipe is rather short. Other than the protein powder and sweetener, I doubt you’ll have many questions. I’ll cover those two below and the remaining notes in the recipe’s notes section. As always, if you have any questions about the recipe, feel free to send me an email or a DM on my Instagram.
This is the section where I normally tell you to use any protein you’d like. But in this case, RSP Nutrition was kind enough to send me a tub of their new TrueFit Cinnamon Churro protein powder. So, this recipe was developed specifically with this protein in mind. And I’ll say that it’s a bit different than most protein powders I typically recommend.
There’s no difference in the type of protein since it’s a blend of whey concentrate and whey isolate, but this protein is labeled as a meal replacement. Meaning, it contains other ingredients like a superfood blend and prebiotics in addition to the protein. Each scoop is a bit larger than a regular scoop of protein powder and contains 12 grams of carbs and 160 calories. This really helps out with flavor and texture in the finished product.
Okay, so what if you don’t have TrueFit on hand and want to make this now?
I’ve included notes on how you might work around this and use a vanilla protein powder instead. Though I will say that losing some of the carbs in the TrueFit protein and going strictly protein may cause the cinnamon churro protein balls to be a bit tougher. More on this in the recipe notes below.
Swerve and Low Calorie Sweeteners
Before I confess my love for Swerve, I’ll say that this recipe works fine with any granular sweetener. I actually made the version you see in this recipe’s photos with stevia.
Speaking of my love affair with Swerve, it all began with their confectioners sugar and my double chocolate banana bread in a mug recipe. If you’re unfamiliar with Swerve, it’s a sweetener that subs 1:1 for sugar. It’s made from erythritol and oligosaccharides (similar to the IMO syrup I used for the homemade quest bars).
If you don’t have an issue with artificial sweeteners, I would highly suggest picking some of this up. For baking, I’ve found both the confectioners and granular blends blow my beloved stevia out of the water.
Okay, outside the protein powder and sweetener, it’s business as usual. The remaining ingredient list is a short one, and the only other possible question might be about coconut flour substitutes. In the case of this recipe, I tried substituting all purpose flour at different amounts and didn’t love the results. You can give it a try with a 2:1 gram for gram swap, but I’d highly encourage you to use coconut flour.
Cinnamon Churro Protein Balls
A simple recipe for high protein, low calorie cinnamon churro balls.
- 2 Tbsp Swerve Granular or confectioners
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon feel free to add more
Preheat an oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix the protein powder, coconut flour, sweetener, and baking powder in a large bowl.
Gradually stir the egg whites and butter into the mixture. Stir until you can make one large ball of dough.
Spray your hands with cooking spray before forming 8 balls from the dough. Roll them between your palms to smooth. (If you'd like to see a similar recipe in action, check out the video in my protein donut holes recipe.)
Bake for 8 minutes.
While the protein balls are in the oven, mix the additional sweetener and cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Once you've removed the protein balls from the oven and allowed them to briefly cool, roll them in the cinnamon sugar mixture. (You can spray them with a tiny bit of cooking spray to help more of the mixture stick.)
- Since Swerve has 0 calories but 4g carbs per serving, the carb totals won't match up with calories. The macros I've provided are if you input everything directly from the labels and divide by 8. Feel free to adjust if you'd like.
- If you have vanilla protein powder, you could probably get away with simply adding 1/4-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon in the protein ball dough. Be mindful of the larger scoops with the TrueFit. 2 scoops of TrueFit weighs 88g while 3 scoops of a protein like Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard weighs 96g.
- If you use a regular protein powder and end up with tougher protein balls, you can add a bit more fat via the light butter or swap 1/2 the egg whites for a whole egg.
- If you use another sweetener like Stevia, you may want to use real sugar or another sweetener for the outer coating. I'm not that sensitive to Stevia's taste, but it can be overpowering for some.
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