You've had a busy day, perhaps with a workout behind you … or you're about to head out for one. You're feeling peckish, as the Brits say, but not hungry enough to warrant a big snack or energy bar. What to do?
Time to whip up the latest snack trend: no-bake protein balls. These deliver that perfect blend of carbs, fat and protein and can help you recover from a workout or get you ready for one. Or maybe these Triple Chocolate No-Bake Protein Balls will just help you slog through an afternoon of desk work!
Clocking in a 117 calories per chocolate protein ball, they contain 9 grams of carbs, 8 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein. This protein ball recipe is also gluten-free, vegan and plant-based. The protein also comes from Plant Protein+ Chocolate, which is made from seven superseeds and can promote healthy body composition and fat metabolism, help reduce stress-induced food cravings and increase muscle recovery.
(This recipe is fairly foolproof, so you could also substitute a scoop of Bone Broth Protein Chocolate or Multi Collagen Protein Chocolate instead.)
How to Make Chocolate No-Bake Protein Balls
If the dates aren't already pitted, then do that first. Next, get out your food processor, and add the almond butter, gluten-free oats, dates and Plant Protein powder. Pulse together for 30 seconds or more, until the mixture is well combined.
Add in chocolate chips and cacao nibs and pulse a few more times.
Use a small cookie scoop, ice cream scoop or your hands to grab dough and roll into 24 balls (around the size of 1 tablespoon). Cover and store in the refrigerator.
Keep these energy bites in an airtight container for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Recipe developed by Holly Darnell, RD. Holly is a registered dietitian nutritionist who unlocked self-love at the intersection of exceptional food and practical solutions for healthy living. She’s passionate about helping others make simple, positive lifestyle changes on their individual path to healing.