A delicious and healthy lamington recipe that is gluten-free, dairy-free, protein packed and absolutely too die for. These lamington bliss balls are the ultimate Australia day dessert filled with a fresh raspberry centre covered in chocolate and coconut.
What would Australia Day be without a lamingtons??!
These delicious lamington bliss balls are a healthy take on the Aussie classic. Rich in protein, gluten-free and so damn delicious. I love love this recipe so flipping much. But the classic lamingtons from Woolworths is not comparable. My healthier version replaces the vanilla sponge with a fluffy coconut protein mixture made with protein powder to keep make more wholesome and filling. The chocolate icing is swapped for a simple dark chocolate ganache made from dark chocolate chips or 80% dark chocolate and coconut milk. Instead of raspberry jam we stud the centre with a fresh whole raspberry. Then, they are rolled in coconut for the final touch.
This recipe couldn’t be any easier and they are so fun to make! My best tip is to freeze the naked balls first before dipping each one in the chocolate ganache so the coconut will stick better. I’ve used desiccated coconut but small coconut chips or shredded coconut will work perfectly too!
Ingredients you’ll need
In this recipe, almond flour, vanilla protein, coconut, vanilla and maple syrup is mixed into a dough then rolled into balls and studded with a fresh raspberry in the centre. Then dipped a chocolate ganache and rolled in coconut to create the dreamiest lamington bites!
Here is everything you will need, plus ingredient substitutions as noted:
- Almond flour — the bulk of this recipe is made from ground almonds but you can also use cashew nut flour made a blender if you like.
- Vanilla protein powder — to make these balls more filling we add 2 scoops of vanilla plant-based or whey protein powder! My personal favourite is the naked harvest vanilla pancake batter protein. This obviously majorly increases the protein content, which I’m a huge fan of, but it also contributes to the “sponge cake” flavour.
- Desiccated coconut — the essential part to any lamington recipe! We add a little to the mixture andto roll the chocolate balls in to finish.
- Vanilla extract
- Maple syrup or honey — to sweeten these lamingtons!
- Raspberries — to replace the typical “jam” we use a whole raspberry to stuff inside each ball! You can use fresh or frozen however I find frozen raspberries much easier to push in without mushing up.
- Dark chocolate chips — to make the chocolate ganache to dip the balls in.
- Coconut milk — you’ll need a splash of coconut milk to make the chocolate ganache. Use coconut milk from the carton or canned light coconut milk here. Do not use canned full fat as it will be too thick to dip the balls in.
How to make lamington bliss balls
- Dry ingredients: Start by mixing the almond flour, protein powder and coconut.
- Add wet ingredients: Add the vanilla extract, maple syrup and 1/3 cup cold water to help form a dough like consistency.
- Form into balls: Divide the mixture into 12 even sized balls
- Filling: Use your finger to make a hole in the centre of each ball and press in a whole raspberry. Reform the ball with your fingers to cover the raspberry then place on a plateor tray and set aside in the freezer for 10-15 minutes
- Melt chocolate: While the balls chill, make the chocolate ganache. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe in 20 second increments stirring in between. Once runny slowly add the coconut milk and stir until smooth and creamy.
- Dip + roll: Dip each ball in the chocolate then roll in the coconut.
Can I make protein balls without protein powder?
You don’t need to make these raw Lamington bliss balls with protein powder. If you want to leave it out you can replace it with more almond flour.
How to store lamington bliss balls
- In the fridge: Store lamington balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
- In the freezer: Place balls in a freezer friendly bag or container. They will keep well frozen for at least 2-3 months.
Lamington bliss balls nutrition benefits
As a nutritionist, I always try to make desserts that are made with healthier ingredients and packed with health benefits! This lamington bites are no different:
- Excellent source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.
- Good source of fibre (1/4 cup provides about 3 grams)
- Rich in micronutrients like vitamin E, magnesium, iron, and calcium.
- Good source of plant-based protein, with over 5 grams in 1/4 cup.
Both fresh AND frozen raspberries – are a great source of:
- Vitamin C – 1 cup of raspberries provides 54% of your daily vitamin C needs
- Dietary fibre – 1 cup provides 8 grams
- Other micronutrients, such as manganese, magnesium and vitamin K.
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A delicious and healthy Lamington recipe that is gluten-free, dairy free, protein packed and absolutely to due for. These Lamington bliss balls are there ultimate Australia Day treat filled with a fresh raspberry centre and coated in chocolate and coconut.
- 1 cup/ 150g almond meal
- 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder*
- 1/3 cup desiccated coconut
- 3 tablespoons/ 60g honey or maple syrup
- 12 fresh raspberries (fresher frozen)
- 1/4 cup/30g dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (from a carton)
- extra desiccated coconut, to roll
- In a large bowl combine the almond flour, protein powder and coconut.
- Add the vanilla extract, maple syrup and 1/3 cup cold water to help form a dough like consistency.
- Divide the mixture into 12 even sized balls
- Use your finger to make a hole in the centre of each ball and press in a whole raspberry. Reform the ball with your fingers to cover the raspberry then place on a plate or tray and set aside in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe in 20 second increments stirring in between. Once runny slowly add the coconut milk and stir until smooth and creamy.
- Dip each ball in the chocolate ganache then roll in the coconut.
- Can replace protein powder with additional almond flour
- Serving Size: 1 ball
- Calories: 153
- Sugar: 5.4g
- Fat: 10.9g
- Saturated Fat: 3.9g
- Carbohydrates: 8.8g
- Fiber: 2.9g
- Protein: 6.3g
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