I don’t pass judgement on the things I eat based on whether they’re healthy or not. I simply eat things that I like, be it quinoa or burgers or um, an ice cream filled Krispy Kreme donut. If something’s healthy, I suppose in the deep recesses of my mind, it gets an extra brownie point, but in all honesty, I don’t ever eat something “just because it’s healthy”.

Life is too short, people.

So when what you want is also healthy, well hotdamn, two magical worlds collide, resulting in an explosion of confetti and Care Bear love.

I eat these chocolate protein powerballs like they are dessert. Seriously. They kind of taste like rum balls without the rum, which if you’re like me and you never liked the rum anyway, is basically just fricking delicious chocolate balls. They’re also super easy to make (five minutes, honest). I made a batch Sunday morning. They were gone Sunday night.

And so I made a new batch Monday. It’s that good. And oh yeah, they’re healthy too.

Recipe adapted from The Healthy Chef.

Chocolate protein power balls
180g raw almonds
30g protein powder (preferably chocolate flavoured)
8 fresh dates, pitted (I recommend Medjool dates, which you can get from most grocery and health food stores)
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tablespoon natural vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
dessicated coconut for rolling
  1. Put the almonds, protein powder, cocoa and cinnamon in a blender or food processor and blend until fairly smooth (how chunky you want the bits of almonds to be is up to you).
  2. Add the dates and vanilla extract, and blend some more.
  3. Remove the protein mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add a splash of water and mix in with a wooden spoon until you feel the mixture come together.
  4. Roll small 1-inch balls with your hands (the mixture should hold easily). Then roll in coconut and place aside.
  5. Refrigerate. The protein balls keep for a couple of weeks.
Makes about 18 1-inch sized balls.

12 Thoughts on “recipe | chocolate protein power balls

  1. Chocolate!!! That is healthy!!! Winning at life! 😀

  2. These look and sound really good. Love anything with dates!

  3. I make a simpler version for my lil fussy eater with just dates, walnuts and cocoa powder. Am constantly amazed at how chocolatey these things are!

  4. These look amazing! Hubby grew up on something similar and they’d have it for birthday treats. I tried one once and it was so good! 😀

  5. Sherrie: Haha YES winning at life!!

    jenny: Dates are awesome, especially these Medjool dates. so juicy and sweet.

    Corsage: That sounds good enough – they really are more like a chocolate dessert, aren’t they?

    Lorraine: These are so healthy you can totally eat them outside of bdays!

  6. OMG i have chocolate protein powder, and it tastes like milk shake…SO making these

  7. Grace Butcher on March 25, 2013 at 11:26 am said:

    This recipe is amazing

  8. g00bs on March 25, 2013 at 9:23 pm said:

    Made these on the weekend. They’re pretty good. Have you noted down its nutritional information per chance? (I’m too lazy to calculate it myself….)

    • I haven’t.. and don’t even know how to do that, to be honest?! To me, because there’s no sugar and any bad stuff, it just falls into the “healthy” category.. 🙂

  9. g00bs on March 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm said:

    Err, well…I can’t argue with that. I like your train of thought!

  10. tijana on August 12, 2014 at 9:54 pm said:

    Nice recipe. I used coconut water instead of normal water. Yum 🙂

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