These Aloha Protein Balls are packed with texture, bright flavor, and protein. They’re great for breakfast or an after-workout snack.

Aloha Protein Balls on parchment paper with almonds, lemon slices and coconut


I resisted the whole protein ball craze for a long, long time. Then last fall, my dear friend Annmarie gifted me a little stash of her favorite oats and chocolate protein bites. And I was hooked. I loved the texture, the flavor, the easy snackability. Everything about them, basically. You can find that recipe right here.

I hadn’t ventured out to try or make any other protein ball until this past spring, when our family visited a little beach shack on the island of Aruba. The girls and I ordered an “Aloha Ball”, which was so good it had me asking the beach shack owners if they could list the ingredients.

These Aloha Protein Balls are packed with texture, bright flavor, and protein. They’re great for breakfast or an after-workout snack. And a bonus for me is, with every bite, I’m gazing out on the warm turquoise waters of Aruba.

*  This is a sponsored post, created in partnership with Princess Cruises.

Palm Beach in Aruba


Oh, how we love thee.

Your white sand beaches, stretching on for miles. Your warm waters, layered with multiple hues of blue. Your endless sky of sunshine. Your friendly, happy people.

the ocean in aruba

On our Panama Canal cruise with Princess Cruises, our family was able to enjoy a beautiful morning on Aruba’s Palm Beach. This was our second visit to this southern Caribbean island, and I definitely hope it’s not our last. It’s really quite heavenly.

Eduardo's Beach Shack in Aruba

This time around, we sought out breakfast at Eduardo’s Beach Shack. Located right on the beach, we found this place to be absolutely everything we had read about online.

The menu was loaded with a wide variety of fresh goodness in the form of juices, smoothies, protein bowls, and protein balls.

acai bowl from Eduardo's Beach Shack

Each of us girls promptly ordered a “fully loaded” raw acai bowl.

a girl holding an acai bowl from Eduardo's Beach Shack

And then we headed to the water’s edge to enjoy them.

acai bowl

These bowls were filled with a super chilled acai smoothie (SO GOOD!) and topped with a variety of sweet, excellent fruit.

two girls on the beach

Then we enjoyed playing in the amazing waters of Aruba, soaking up every last bit of that Caribbean beach life, so very different from our Minnesota. There was no wiping off that smile on Tessa’s face!

girl drinking a smoothie

Before taking a taxi back to the Coral Princess, we shared a delightful “Summer Trimmer” smoothie from Eduardo’s, bursting with fresh strawberry, watermelon, and passionfruit…

protein ball on the beach

Along with an “Aloha Ball”.

Each of us liked it so much, I went back to the beach shack to inquire about the ingredients of the aloha protein balls. I was told “dates, almonds, lemon, flax, and chia”. And when we got back home, I set out to make our own. This is not the exact recipe from Eduardo’s, but we all agree that it’s close enough to quickly bring back some pretty wonderful Aruba memories.

Aloha Protein Balls with lemon peel and almonds

As soon as I nailed this recipe, according to our vacation memories, I promptly delivered a few of these aloha protein balls to my friend Annmarie. I had to repay the kindness from my first protein ball experience. After just one bite, she asked for the recipe.

Besides some of the more “regular” protein ball ingredients – dates, nuts, nut butters, protein powders, etc. – this recipe includes a lovely hint of fresh, bright lemon zest and powdered ginger. I think these two flavors are what really draw me in, adding a special amazingness to this particular protein ball recipe.

Aloha Protein Balls

Aloha Protein Balls

Yield: 14 large protein balls
prep time: 25 minutes
total time: 25 minutes
These Aloha Protein Balls are packed with texture, bright flavor, and protein. They’re great for breakfast or an after-workout snack.
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  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted
  • cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup slivered roasted almonds
  • 1 cup almond meal or almond flour
  • ½ cup vanilla protein powder
  • ¾ cup salted almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried powdered ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon Morton kosher salt


  • In the bowl of a large food processor, pulse together dates, coconut, slivered almonds, almond meal, and protein powder. Continue to pulse and scrape the bowl as needed, until everything is evenly incorporated. The slivered almonds should be chopped into small bits that will add a little crunch to the finished protein balls.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and continue to pulse, scraping down the bowl until everything is incorporated and you reach a desired consistency. The mixture should stick together when pinched. If it doesn't want to pinch together, add water, a tablespoon at a time, until it comes together. The mixture should not be wet or extra sticky.
  • Portion out the mixture using a 2" scoop, packed tightly. Roll portions into balls, and enjoy!


Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. These can be made ahead and stored in the freezer – just give them at least 30 minutes to thaw at room temperature before eating.
Inspired by the protein balls at Eduardo’s Beach Shack in Aruba.

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 Calories: 326kcal Carbohydrates: 27g Protein: 12g Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 7g Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 3mg Sodium: 175mg Fiber: 7g Sugar: 18g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Spoonacular. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
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Aloha Protein Balls


Aruba & Eduardo's Beach Shack


the beach in Aruba


Aruba, from the Coral Princess
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