No-Bake Protein Balls

Whether you call them protein bites, energy balls or bliss balls, these no-bake protein balls are so simple to make.  They are little spheres of chocolate bliss which are full of healthy fats and protein, and are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and egg-free.    

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With only 5 ingredients, these no-bake protein balls are quick and easy to make in your food processor.  And they are Paleo, Whole30 and vegan-friendly.

They’re perfect for a pre- or post-workout protein-rich snack, or as a healthy sweet treat with a cup of tea or coffee! 

Cooking notes:

Medjool dates are the base for these energy balls, they give a sweet caramel flavour.  I have also made the balls with dried dates.  Soften the dried dates in a little boiling water for about 10 minutes and then drain before use. 

This version uses almonds, but you can substitute any type of nut, or you can use a variety of nuts.  Hazelnuts and chocolate make a delicious combination, especially for something a bit more decadent, but still healthy, for a party.

Once made, they will keep up to 1 month in the fridge in an air-tight container.  They can be successfully frozen for up to 3 months so you can make a big batch and always have some on hand. 

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Print Recipe

No-Bake Protein Balls (Paleo, Whole30, Vegan)

Healthy date and chocolate energy balls. Made in one bowl, no baking and protein-packed.
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Snack
Servings: 24 balls


  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 2 cups pitted medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut


  • In a food processor, add almonds and process until they are broken up. Take care not to over-process or you will end up with nut butter.
  • Add dates, coconut oil and cocoa powder. Continue processing until well combined, stopping regularly to scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure it is fully mixed.
  • With damp hands, form the batter into small balls and roll in coconut. Place into air-tight container and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.


These No-Bake Protein Balls (Paleo, Whole30, Vegan) should be kept refrigerated.  They can also be frozen, and will keep for up to 3 months when stored in a sealed container.