Chocolate protein balls will satisfy your chocolate cravings without a sugar crash later and will give you energy to get through your afternoon!
Don’t these look like chocolate truffles? Yum! Maybe I should rename them… Energy truffles, anyone? Maybe not.
Really, though, they are delicious and healthy energy balls. My obsession with energy balls started when I developed a recipe for nut-free energy balls after finding a total lack of nut-free options online.
My kids love them, Ben loves them, and I love them. They are the perfect solution to my afternoon snack cravings and I feel great about feeding them to my kids too. I also love non-chocolate energy balls: apple cinnamon no-bake energy bites and cranberry oatmeal energy balls.
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.
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!!!!
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!
Looking for more healthy snacks? Try:
- 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
- Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until completely blended.
- 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).
- Best stored in fridge and eaten cold.
- Mixture will look very dry at first. Just keep processing it and it will come together.
- Serving Size: 2 protein balls
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
Husband’s take: He said these were his favorite flavor yet!
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: So easy!