Review of The Protein Ball Co New Vegan Flavours

Ok so I am a creature of habit when it comes to my mid-morning snack. I tend to have Nature Valley cereal bars. I like their flavours and find them to be filling. I have tried various other snacks bars but nothing seems to beat my favourite cereal bars. In fact I often sneak them into the bar at the gym to enjoy with a nice cup of tea. So when I visited The Free From Festival in London last year I came across The Protein Ball Company and tried their vegan protein snacks. I was suitably impressed and now enjoy them with a cup of tea at the gym. So when they contacted me and asked if I would like to try their new vegan flavours I of course said yes.

I like the simple design to the packaging, with its cream background and the large log in the centre of a coloured circle to suit the flavour of the snack inside. The top and bottom of the packet is also in the same colour of the circle. To the back of the packaging they are labelled as being gluten free, vegan, and having no soy or dairy. Onto the ingredients list for the raspberry brownies cashews are highlighted as an allergen. There is a warning that the product is made in a factory that handles peanuts, nuts, milk and egg. For the peanut butter and jam peanuts are highlighted as an allergen. There is a warning that the product is made in a factory that handles peanuts, nuts, milk and egg.




On opening the raspberry brownie I was greeted by a slightly sharp berry aroma intermingled with dates. This strengthened slightly on my famous close up sniff test and weakened on smelling an individual ball. The balls were of a good size and were slightly shiny in appearance with intermittent red flecks from the raspberry and the nuts. On touching the ball they were smooth yet firm with slight hard bumps from the nuts. On biting into a ball I liked the texture, it was initially firmer than similar snacks that I have tried followed by a soft slightly gooey texture. As for the flavour it tasted predominantly of dates and cashews with a slight tartness from the raspberry which if I am honest I am not sure I could distinguish as being raspberry. I was a little disappointed as I was expected to taste something similar to a chocolate brownie dessert with a strong raspberry flavour and this just wasn’t the case. I felt that the flavours were put together with good intention but that it just really didn’t work. So would I recommend the raspberry brownie flavour? I am afraid not, I liked the texture but the flavour just let the down. Instead I may try making these no bake chocolate balls as an alternative instead

On opening the peanut butter and jam I was greeted with a peanut butter aroma intermingled with a delightful summer berries. This strengthened slightly on my famous close up sniff test and weakened on smelling an individual ball. The balls were of a good size and were slightly shiny in appearance with intermittent small red flecks and nuts. On touching the ball they were smooth yet firm with a few slight bumps from the nuts. On biting into a ball I liked the texture it was initially firm followed by a soft slightly gooey texture which had a pleasant intermittent crunch from the peanuts. As for the flavour it tasted very similar to peanut butter intermingled with a hint of sweetness from the dates and a slight tartness from the raspberries. Once I had finished a ball I got a slight salty aftertaste which was very similar to what I have experienced when I have eaten chocolate that has contained Himalayan salt. I have to admit by pretty surprised by these balls. I loved the combination of both aroma and textures. The flavour was different to what I had anticipated. I loved everything about the flavour it was like I was eating a peanut butter and jam sandwich with a little piece of salted chocolate for dessert. So would I recommend the peanut butter and jam balls? Definitely I loved everything about these little balls but it was the unexpected combination of flavours that sold me. I shall be putting a request in with my gym to stock this flavour.


Disclaimer: I received theses protein balls in return for an honest review. All of the opinions are honest and my own.

66 Comments

  1. February 8, 2018 / 11:07 pm

    My mouth is watering now! When you mentioned the flavours I was hoping they were going to be good, they sounded incredible. Shame about the brownie one not quite living up to expectations but I need to find the other one. I haven’t seen these yet! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 9, 2018 / 8:34 pm

      Hi, yes it was a shame about the brownie one. You can buy directly online if you decide to give them a try.

  2. February 9, 2018 / 12:48 am

    Oh that peanut butter and jam one sounds amazing as that’s one of my favourite flavour combos!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 9, 2018 / 8:32 pm

      Hi, yes you cant beat a peanut butter and jam combo.

  3. February 9, 2018 / 4:01 am

    I make my own, as the ready made ones are extremely expensive here in Australia.
    Jennifer

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 9, 2018 / 8:31 pm

      I have been known to make my own as well, but these are just convenient.

      • February 9, 2018 / 10:31 pm

        Definitely!
        I would have them too…
        Hopefully they will become more affordable soon 🙂

  4. February 9, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    I’d love to try one of these especially the raspberry ones.

    #FabFridayPost

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 9, 2018 / 8:31 pm

      Oh you should give them a try.

  5. February 9, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    Hi Chloe, both flavours of these protein balls sound good, it’s just a shame the raspberry brownie one didn’t live up to expectations.I do like a nice peanut butter and jam sandwich, a hint of chocolate would make it even better!

    xx

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 9, 2018 / 8:30 pm

      Oh yes a hint of chocolate always makes things taste better.

  6. February 9, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    These look interesting, I have not heard of them before so will have to look out for them. Sarah #FabFridayPost

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 9, 2018 / 8:30 pm

      Hi, they sure are if you do give them a try please let me know what you think, thanks.

  7. February 9, 2018 / 5:38 pm

    I have never heard of these Chloe, until now. I think I would prefer the peanut butter one also. I really should try snacking on something like these rather than the calorific chocolate I enjoy way too much!

    Thanks so much for being part of #MMBC. Have a lovely weekend and I hope to see you Monday xx

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 9, 2018 / 8:29 pm

      The trouble is chocolate always wins 🙈

  8. February 9, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    The peanut butter and jam balls sound AMAZING! I love the deliciously ella ones but these look so much more appealing out of the packet. Will have to try these for sure!

    Alys / alysgeorge.blogspot.co.uk

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 9, 2018 / 8:29 pm

      Hi, yes they are a bit similar to Deliciously Ella. if you decide to give them a try I would love to know what you think.

  9. February 9, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    These sound yummy. I haven’t heard of these before but I will definitely be giving them a try!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 9, 2018 / 8:28 pm

      Hi, if you do them a try please let me know what you think, thanks.

  10. February 9, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    I know what you mean, I’m usually a creature of habit when it comes to my morning snacks too! I always have a belvita cereal bar lol! But these have me intrigued. I’m not usually bothered by the whole protein thing but these actually sound good! I’m also loving the packaging! x

    whatevawears.co.uk

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 9, 2018 / 8:52 pm

      Hi, I am glad that I am not the only one who is a creature of habit. The packaging is great I agree, if you decide to give these a try, please let me know what you think, thanks.

  11. Creative Nails
    February 9, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    Aww, it’s a shame the brownie one didn’t live up to your expectation – that would be the one I like as I don’t really like peanut butter! Great review as always 🙂

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 9, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      Hi, i thought the brownie would be my favourite but you never know until you try.

  12. February 9, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    Peanut butter and jam balls sound amazing. Feel like I want one now. Thank you for sharing.

  13. February 9, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    We tried one of the other flavours of these and the kids absolutely loved them. #FabFridayPos

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 11, 2018 / 8:36 pm

      They are fab snack to have on the go.

  14. Ashleigh
    February 10, 2018 / 12:50 am

    im so happy i found your blog!!! im looking for new dairy free snacks to buy!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 11, 2018 / 8:35 pm

      I hope that you find it helpful.

  15. February 11, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    Interesting combinations great review Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 11, 2018 / 8:34 pm

      Thank you.

  16. February 11, 2018 / 2:10 pm

    I’ve often wondered what these taste like. Great review. Thanks for joining in with #ThatFridayLinky

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 11, 2018 / 8:34 pm

      Thank you.

  17. February 11, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    I haven’t tried these balls before. Well, I had a similar one that my friend had made and they tasted really rich. I think you’ve inspired me to try this one too! Thank you very much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 11, 2018 / 8:33 pm

      Hi, these are a great alternative to the homemade versions if you don’t have the time to make some.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 11, 2018 / 8:32 pm

      Yes the peanut bitter and jam ones are delicious.

  18. February 11, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    These sound fab! I always try and take a protein bar to have before a match but the raspberry brownie sounds like such a nice alternative! x

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 11, 2018 / 8:32 pm

      Hi, yes these are a great alternative.

  19. sharnahsblog
    February 11, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    I’m not vegan but veggie but trying to cut out as much dairy as much and I am also trying to consume more protein so I can’t believe I have never heard of this brand before! I don’t like peanut but I will be trying the raspberry brownie flavor and will have a look at their brand! Thanks for the brill post x

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 11, 2018 / 8:31 pm

      Hi, they do a few vegan flavours that may be worth trying. If you do try some I would love to know what you think, thanks.

      • sharnahsblog
        February 11, 2018 / 8:33 pm

        I have had a look at some of the other flavours and I want to try the Coconut balls! x

        • pinkiebag
          Author
          February 11, 2018 / 8:40 pm

          Enjoy 😊

  20. February 11, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    I’ve been meaning to try protein balls for ages! I like the sound of the raspberry and brownie one but it’s a shame the flavour wasn’t that great. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 11, 2018 / 8:30 pm

      Hi, it sure was but the peanut butter certainly made up for it.

  21. February 11, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    Ooh I’ve never heard of these before so I’ll have to give them ago! I love a morning snack too!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 11, 2018 / 8:38 pm

      If you do please let me know what you think, thanks.

  22. February 11, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    Love this post, the peanut butter one sounds perfect for me, I’ve never heard of these and definitely need to give them a go! X

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 11, 2018 / 8:58 pm

      Hi, the peanut butter one is delicious, if you decide to give it a try I would love to know what you think.

  23. Corinne and Kirsty
    February 11, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    I love the packaging of these littles protein balls. They look super tasty! they would make a perfect snack! xx corinne

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 12, 2018 / 6:44 am

      Hi, yes they make a fab snack on the go.

  24. February 12, 2018 / 10:45 am

    I’m sorry. Sometimes I’m so immature. I just lost it at “On touching the ball they were smooth yet firm”.
    Fab reviews though. The peanut butter and jam one sounds absolute delicious.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 5:55 pm

      Oh gosh that has me chuckle I see what you mean it adds another dimension to my review 😊.

  25. February 12, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    I’ve been looking for a good source on reviews of proteins for special diets. I can’t have the protein balls in this post, but I can’t wait to check out your other reviews!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 19, 2018 / 6:33 pm

      Oh that is a shame. I hope that you find my other reviews helpful.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 5:54 pm

      Yes the peanut butter was the one I liked, thanks for stopping by.

  26. February 12, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    Yum! These look absolutely delicious, protein balls are such a great snack and these ones look so good, it’s a shame you didn’t like the first one but the second definitely sounds amazing! 💗💗

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 5:53 pm

      Hi, yes they are great snack, the peanut butter ones were indeed amazing.

  27. The Daisy Pages
    February 13, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    I’ve not heard of these before, but they do sound nice. Especially the peanut butter ones. Nice to read an honest review too, that you didn’t like the first ones 🙂 That’s so useful x
    #MMBC

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 5:50 pm

      Hi, they are a fairly new company but growing quickly. The peanut butter ones were certainly at hit with me. I always try to be as honest as possible with all of my reviews.

  28. February 15, 2018 / 10:17 am

    I love that they are vegan, chock full of protein, and convenient. But I must say, anything less than a real brownie, is just not a real brownie! Thaks for your honesty! xoxo #fabfridaypost xo

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 5:44 pm

      Yes this very true you just can’t beat the real thing when it comes to a brownie. I always try to be as honest as I can with all of my reviews.

  29. February 26, 2018 / 3:33 pm

    Great post

    • thehubsanxxx
      Author
      March 4, 2018 / 10:15 am

      Thank you

  30. RaisieBay
    March 6, 2018 / 10:50 am

    I do like protein balls, they are a lovely snack. I have found, however, that they taste predominately of dates. The good thing is, I like dates! I’ve not tried these flavours though, I’ll definitely give the peanut butter and jam ones.
    #mmbc

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      March 6, 2018 / 8:32 pm

      Yes they do tend to taste of dates, but you maybe surprised by the peanut butter and jam ones.

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