These energy balls are made with healthy, real ingredients that you can get at all local grocery stores. They make a great snack or dessert, and can be prepared in advance and frozen.

Collagen powder is rich in amino acids, and may provide many other benefits.  

Each one of these protein bites has 11 grams of protein.

Recipe ingredient substitutions

Sunflower seed butter substitutions: Instead of sunflower seed butter, you can swap it out for any other type of nut butter (including cashew butter, almond butter, peanut butter, hazelnut butter, macadamia butter, etc).

Fresh squeezed lemon juice substitutions: Swap it out for bottled store-bought lemon juice.

Lemon extract substitutions: Swap it out for vanilla extract.

Collagen powder substitutions: My brand preference is Vital Proteins collagen peptides, but many other brands make excellent high quality collagen powder as well. There are also a number of different protein powders that you can use instead of collagen – pea protein, brown rice protein, sunflower seed protein, bone broth protein, or whey protein.

Potato starch substitutes: Swap it out for tapioca starch, arrowroot starch, corn starch, cassava flour, oat flour, or a gluten free flour blend. If you want to keep it low carb, you can also use coconut flour or almond flour but you may have to adjust the amounts up and down because these flours absorb different amounts of liquid. 

Salt substitutions: I use himalayan pink salt, but you can also use regular white table salt or sea salt. To reduce sodium, omit the salt altogether!

Zoomed in view of collagen lemon balls in heart shaped cast iron skillet. Sprinkled with lemon zest and shredded coconut.

Recipe variations

Make them sweeter: These collagen balls don’t contain any added sugar, but you can sweeten them up by adding a little bit of maple syrup. If you do this, you may have to add some additional starch or collagen powder if your collagen bites are too wet to form into balls.

Add more fiber: Add shredded coconut, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, chia seeds or flax seeds.

Make chocolate chip cookie dough balls: Omit the lemon juice and lemon extract, and add dark chocolate chips. Make it double chocolate by also adding cocoa powder.

Make fat bombs: Swap out some of the sunflower seed butter for coconut oil. 

Meal prep this recipe

These collagen bites make great snacks for during the week when you are busy. I recommend doubling or tripling this recipe and then storing snack-sized portions in airtight containers. You can keep them in the fridge for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for much longer. Take them out as needed!

Overhead view of collagen balls in a heart shaped skillet placed onto a yellow kitchen towel surrounded by ingredients and sprinkled with lemon zest and shredded coconut.

Storage tips

These store great in the fridge and the freezer. Store them in an airtight plastic or glass containers. Consider layering the collagen balls between parchment paper inside the container so that they don’t stick together.

These will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week. They will last for up to 3 – 6 months in the freezer.

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Lemon Collagen Protein Balls

Tara Klippert
These energy balls are made with healthy, real ingredients that you can get at all local grocery stores. They make a great snack or dessert.
3.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 160 kcal


  • 1 cup sunflower seed butter (or cashew butter)
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract or oil
  • 1/2 cup collagen peptides protein powder
  • 1 tbsp potato starch (or tapioca/arrowroot starch)
  • 1 pinch sea salt


  • In your stand mixer or food processor (or a large mixing bowl), add all of your ingredients and blend until they are thoroughly mixed together. If the dough looks too wet and won't form into balls, add a little bit of additional starch.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using your hands (or a cookie scoop), form the dough into small balls and place them on the parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Place your baking sheet in the fridge for roughly 1 hour. This will make the balls firmer and easier to handle.
  • Store your energy bites in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container.


Above in the blog post I provide ingredient substitutions, recipe variations, and storage tips.


Calories: 160kcalCarbohydrates: 5.5gProtein: 11gFat: 10.7gSaturated Fat: 1.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 5.3gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 114mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2g
Keyword dairy free, gluten free, grain free, low oxalate, paleo, soy free, sugar free
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Tara Klippert
About the author Tara Klippert

Tara Klippert is a Registered Health and Nutrition Counselor and holds a diploma in Holistic Nutrition and Health Coaching. She shares her gluten free, dairy free & allergy friendly recipes.