Banana Bread Protein Balls (AIP-friendly, Paleo & Gluten-free)

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What’s Inside: Easy to-go snacks to make at home, these AIP Paleo Banana Bread Protein Balls are naturally sweetened and packed with energizing ingredients you can travel with or enjoy at home.

Banana Bread Protein Balls (AIP, Paleo & Gluten-free) via Food by Mars

AIP Banana Bread Protein Balls

When I’m traveling or know I have a long day ahead of me and am unsure of the food situation… I need to be PREPARED. When you have food allergies or restrictions, you know being at the mercy of not having your own kitchen with you can be a challenge. So I like to keep snacks with me like these protein balls as a back-up, these firstly taste delicious, secondly are super adaptable to your preference and will keep you full until you can get some real food in! Thank you, AIP Protein Balls!

Why make your own on-the-go snacks?

Many snacks you might buy are filled with sugar, weird fillers, or allergens like nuts, eggs, and other things. And in an emergency, you gotta do what you gotta do of course… but with an easy recipe like this in your back pocket – you can prep these the night before you need them, store them in the fridge and throw them in your bag! These have lasted me a good 8 hours without melting in my purse… in NYC humidity so you should be able to carry them for a while without worrying too much.

Banana Bread Protein Balls (AIP, Paleo & Gluten-free) via Food by Mars

In terms of a solid snack and where this stacks… between the protein and fat, with no added sugar (only the sugar from the 1/4 cup of banana), it’s pretty DANG SOLID. Too much sugar will leave anyone crashing later on, worse off than when they initially felt hungry in the first place. But when there’s protein and fat, it’s a much slower and efficient burn. These are my go-to travel buddies and I hope they’ll be yours too!

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How to make Easy Toasted Coconut Butter:

Follow my favorite homemade recipe here by taking unsweetened shredded coconut (or toasted coconut chips as a shortcut) and mix in a food processor until smooth.

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Banana Bread Protein Balls (AIP, Paleo & Gluten-free) via Food by Mars

AIP Paleo Banana Bread Protein Ball Recipe

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Banana Bread Protein Balls (AIP, Paleo & Gluten-free) via Food by Mars
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Banana Bread Protein Balls (AIP, Paleo & Gluten-free)

Keep these high protein and fat snacks with you while traveling so you always have a back-up! They’re easy, delicious and will keep you energized – a favorite for travel!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 balls
Calories: 183kcal


  • 1/4 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut butter or sub almond butter for non-AIP
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup vanilla or neutral protein powder* (my favorite below)
  • 1/2 tsp ceylon cinnamon


  • Mix all ingredients in a food processor.
  • When well-combined and the dough has formed, spoon out the dough and roll into balls.
  • Place on a parchment paper lined plate or tupperware and store in the fridge until ready to eat!


*The protein powder I use is here. For truly AIP compliant protein powder, I recommend using Collagen Protein.
**Peanut butter does NOT seem to work well in this recipe – too oily, perhaps! FYI.


Calories: 183kcal
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  • ElizabethSeptember 9, 2017 - 9:55 pm

    thanks for the recipe, i love that theres no added sugarReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasSeptember 17, 2017 - 9:39 pm

      You’re so welcome! Who needs sugar when banana is involved?! hahaReplyCancel

  • AngieSeptember 17, 2017 - 10:11 pm

    Hi! Thanks for the recipe. Can i buy coconut chips without added sugar?ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasSeptember 23, 2017 - 3:43 pm

      Yep! I do! Just look for plain-unsweetened. The brand I usually find is “let’s do organic”.ReplyCancel

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  • AniluJuly 30, 2019 - 12:03 am

    These look so great. They have coconut flour why they are not cook?ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasJuly 30, 2019 - 5:01 pm

      Thanks, because you don’t need to cook the coconut flour.ReplyCancel

  • AlexandraJanuary 25, 2020 - 1:52 pm

    Hey there! 
    The recipe says:
    1/4 cup toasted coconut butter (recipe below) or sub almond butter if eating
    and then cuts off… is there supposed to be something after “if eating” lolReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasJanuary 26, 2020 - 7:30 pm

      if eating nuts (which is not AIP)ReplyCancel

  • Clarice ListerFebruary 17, 2020 - 7:41 pm

    This blog about AIP Protein Balls (Banana Bread Protein Balls) (paleo,
    GF) helps me a lot in my diet. You can have the best Custom Keto Diet
    plan here: Kiss you all!ReplyCancel

  • MaryMay 9, 2020 - 8:35 pm

    How many carbs are in one serving? ReplyCancel

    • Alison MarrasMay 11, 2020 - 5:38 pm

      Hi Mary, I’m not sure as I don’t post that usually – you can try using myfitnesspal to calculate!ReplyCancel

  • CrystalJuly 5, 2020 - 10:23 pm

    I love these!  I’ve been making them as snacks, but I know they will be a go-to whenever I start traveling again.  How long do you keep in the fridge? ReplyCancel

    • CrystalJuly 5, 2020 - 10:25 pm

      I meant, how long do they keep in the fridge ?ReplyCancel

      • Alison MarrasJuly 10, 2020 - 2:55 pm

        I’d estimate a week! Thanks!ReplyCancel

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