Chocolate Protein Balls (with mocha option!)

These chocolate protein balls will satisfy your chocolate cravings without a sugar crash later and will give you energy to get through your afternoon!

These chocolate protein balls will satisfy you chocolate cravings without a sugar crash later and will give you energy to get through your afternoon! Get the easy snack recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Are energy balls so 2016? Well, even if they are so last year, I don’t care. I’m always behind all the hottest trends, so if I’m behind on this one too, it would make sense. Remember 3/4-length sleeves? I resisted that trend until they were practically out of style, and then my closet was stocked with them. Same with skinny jeans and pretty much everything else. It’s cool, I fully embrace my dorkdom.

My obsession started when I developed a recipe for nut-free energy balls after finding a total lack of nut-free options online. My kids loved them, Ben loved them, and I loved them. They were the perfect solution to my afternoon chocolate craving and I felt great about feeding them to my kids too. Next up was a non-chocolate version, and the apple cinnamon no-bake energy bites were just as popular.

These chocolate protein balls will satisfy you chocolate cravings without a sugar crash later and will give you energy to get through your afternoon! Get the easy snack recipe on RachelCooks.com!

These chocolate protein balls have an extra little boost to help you through that afternoon slump — espresso powder (this is my favorite kind). It not only gives you a little boost of caffeine, but it also adds depth to the flavor of the chocolate.

These chocolate protein balls will satisfy you chocolate cravings without a sugar crash later and will give you energy to get through your afternoon! Get the easy snack recipe on RachelCooks.com!

I used chocolate shakeology for this recipe because a) it’s what I had and b) I love the strong chocolate flavor it has. PS: I’m technically a Beachbody coach and I don’t like to admit it, but I’m required to disclose that. Our little secret? I do love the Shakeology and the workouts. But yeah, let’s keep it between you and me and the rest of the internet, k? Thanks!!!!

These chocolate protein balls will satisfy you chocolate cravings without a sugar crash later and will give you energy to get through your afternoon! Get the easy snack recipe on RachelCooks.com!

PS: I used to buy pitted dates for protein balls but then a pit snuck through and made it into my food processor and it was super annoying. And loud. And I had to throw it all out. So now I buy the kind with the pits in them and pit them myself. If you want it done right, gotta do it yourself I guess!

PPS: I use this scoop — I also use it for cookies!

Enjoy!

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Chocolate Protein Balls (with mocha option!)

These chocolate protein balls will satisfy your chocolate cravings without a sugar crash later and will give you energy to get through your afternoon!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder (I used chocolate shakeology for this recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 teaspoons espresso powder (optional, but recommended)
  • Additional flax meal or cocoa powder for rolling

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until completely blended.

  2. Roll into balls (I used a two teaspoon scoop) and then roll in additional cocoa powder or flaxseed meal (I typically use a combination of cocoa powder and flaxseed meal).
  • Note: Best stored in fridge and eaten cold.
  • Note: Mixture will look very dry at first, just keep processing it and it will come together.
  • Serving Size: 2 protein balls
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Verdict: I love snacking on these!
Husband’s take: He said these were his favorite flavor yet!
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: So easy!

Chocolate Protein Ball Nutrition Label

Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.

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2 comments

  1. I feel like energy balls won’t ever really go out of style!! I am always on board with a healthy and delicious food that will power me through a rough workday!

  2. love energy balls

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