If you’re like us, you might be looking for additional ways to include more protein in your diet. Snacks or treats that are high in protein pack a one-two punch of taste and energy, without the blood sugar crash that the typical sugary snack results in. Having a protein-rich healthy option like these protein balls is clutch… as getting enough protein is essential for overall health. These protein packed delicious chocolate energy bites are a no-bake healthy treat to keep you satisfied!
Side note: we had some good laughs writing this article since all we could think of was the Pete Schweddy balls SNL skit. If you need a laugh, do yourself a favor and watch the skit!
Since protein offers a more stable source of energy than something packed with refined carbs, it’s a smart choice to level up your snacks. Protein keeps you full for longer than less healthy options and doesn’t come with the other side effects. Getting adequate protein in your diet is essential not only for maintaining healthy blood glucose levels (and thus, energy) but is also important for supporting hormone health, immune health, repair & recovery, and so much more!
When making homemade protein balls, quality protein powders come in handy to punch up the taste and make it easy to incorporate this healthy, efficient fuel source. When choosing a quality protein powder, it’s important to look at the ingredients list, making sure to avoid those with extra sugars or artificial sweeteners. The ones we like are bone broth based and sweetened with the natural plant-based sweetener stevia. Collagen protein powders would be an excellent alternative. If you prefer a plant-based option, consider pumpkin seed protein, hemp protein, chia seed protein, or pea protein. The protein powders below are excellent options. The PurePaleo Protein is what we use, but the Plant Protein+ is an excellent plant-based option with a stellar ingredient list to match. To purchase, simply click the link, and create a login for your secure account.
When choosing a sweetener for your homemade energy balls, consider a natural low-glycemic option like Monk Fruit, allulose, or stevia, or blends that include a combination of these.
These sweeteners have a zero glycemic index, meaning they won’t spike your blood sugar. This article provides more information on these sweeteners.
I use this blend of monk fruit and allulose for my baking and cooking.
Protein balls Snack
Snacking on healthy, protein-rich food is a great way to keep energy stable between meals. That said, it can be difficult to find store bought items that fit the bill. Store bought snacks are often packed with sugar, refined carbs, artificial sweeteners or preservatives, and trans fats, and often disappointingly low in protein. Not an ideal recipe for stable energy you’re looking to get from your snack! Don’t worry, these chocolate protein bites are the perfect solution!
Easy to make ✔
These no-bake chocolate energy balls couldn’t be easier to throw together! The hardest part about this recipe is waiting for the batter to firm up because it’s so darn tempting to just dig right in!
Packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, these protein balls are the perfect way to fuel a healthy body!
These chocolate protein balls don’t just satisfy your body’s cry for healthy fuel, they satisfy the soul too. Chocolate…need we say more? 😉 #healthyglow
Easy No-Bake Chocolate Protein Balls
- 1/2 cup Chocolate Protein Powder
- 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 cup Granulated Monk Fruit Sweetener (I use a monk fruit allulose blend - see above)
- 2 Tbsp Flax Meal
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/4 cup Almond Butter
- 1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Place a piece of parchment on a baking sheet or cutting board.
- Add all dry ingredients to a bowl, and stir to combine.
- Add remaining ingredients to the bowl, and mix well until a thick batter forms.
- Using a spoon or ice cream scooper, scoop 12 servings of the batter onto the parchment paper.
- Place in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes to firm up before rolling into the final protein ball shape.
- For a special touch, you could roll the energy balls in granulated or powdered monk fruit sweetener, unsweetened shredded coconut, cocoa powder, or crushed nuts or seeds, or (our favorite way) drizzle with coconut butter and pop back in the fridge for a few minutes to set.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freezer for up to 3 months.