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