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

4.10 from 53 votes

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.


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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!

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

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

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

4.10 from 53 votes
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 Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Yield: 8 balls
Calories 183kcal



  • 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.
Diet: American
Course: Snack
-Alison Marras
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    • Can you clarify? AIP = Autoimmune protocol is what I reference, yes, and that’s correct that nuts are eliminated during the elimination phase of AIP.

  1. 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? 

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

  2. 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” lol

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