Protein Power Balls

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This recipe is a power packed protein ball recipe from my new cookbook. It’s loaded with protein at 10 grams per serve and also high in superfood goodness that’s bursting with antioxidants.  I normally whip up a batch at the beginning of the week because  it’s a fantastic grab and go snack if I’m rushing around  and need a little sustenance, or  purely just to satisfy any sugar cravings when the afternoon munchies hit.

What’s great about them:

Almonds are also rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect the body against free radicals as well as protein to help sustain lean muscle and repair the body.

Healthy Chef Protein
I use the finest-grade of grass-fed, cold pressed, WPI protein available in the world. It’s the only one available in Australia that has naturally occurring digestive enzymes making it suitable for people with digestive issues such as lactose intolerance. Our pea protein is entirely raw, alkaline and plant based, containing all the essential amino acids your body needs to heal and nourish in a perfect environment. Its also sprouted and fermented so it’s kinder to sensitive digestive systems. See how much protein you need every day on The Healthy Chef Protein Calculator.

Pure Vanilla Bean
Pure and fragrant vanilla bean powder from Tahiti and Madagascar is organically grown, naturally cured and sun-dried then ground into the purest fragrant powder available. Vanilla helps relax the nervous system and reduce inflammation. It is rich in antioxidants and also enhance mental performance.

The highest known antioxidant food on the planet. Rich in Magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, riboflavin and essential micronutrients for health and vitality. The high flavenoid content of cacao has been scientifically linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Cacao contain theobromine that boost endorphins and increases mental alertness.

A Peruvian herb used to promote energy and stamina. Maca supports the immune system, adrenal and thyroid function and stabilizes hormone levels. It has antioxidant properties and is a wonderful herb to support the body during periods of stress. Maca is rich in zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamins C and E.

Cinnamon improves insulin’s efficiency, which helps regulate blood sugar levels. Cinnamon can also help boost brain activity.

330 g raw whole almonds or walnuts
60g Pure Native WPI or Organic Pea Protein
20 fresh dates, pitted
3 generous tablespoons of raw cacao or my Naked Chocolat (contains maca)
1 teaspoon natural vanilla paste
1/2 teaspoon ground  cinnamon
Pinch flaked sea salt
1 orange
Coconut, Goji berry, Cacao, Nuts, Healthy Chef Matcha for rolling

Throw almonds into the food processor with cinnamon, protein powder, a little orange zest and naked chocolat  then process until the mix looks crumbly.
Add dates, vanilla extract then process again until the mix starts to come together.
Add the juice of 1/2 orange if needed, so that mixture is soft and forms a soft ball.
Form into 14 decent sized balls.
Roll in coconut or any other  of my suggested coatings and store in the fridge until you feel like a snack or quick meal on the run.
Store in the fridge for upto 4 weeks if they last that long.

Notes + Inspiration:
Add 1 tablespoon of Healthy Chef Organic Superfood
Blend 2 Power Balls with 1 cup of cold pressed almond milk or coconut water and frozen banana for the most delicious power packed smoothie.

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128 Responses to “Protein Power Balls”
  1. Dale says:

    These are Amazing! Love Love Love them.

  2. Kelly says:

    I’m salivating! Just got back from the gym and opened this recipe, I am going out 1st thing tomorrow to get fresh dates, i want a cookie now!

  3. Lou says:

    These are so easy to make and cure the mid afternoon chocolate crave. I love them too!

  4. Rosanna says:

    Hi Teresa
    What do mean by raw almonds? Also could you use pea protein?
    Thanks x

  5. Katherine says:

    which would be the best protein powder to use? They sound soooo nice. X

  6. Rosanna says:

    Oh yes , omg I got a metal block! In my mind I had activated almonds!
    Bit $$$$ to use those nuts! Cheers for that.

  7. Katherine says:

    Hi Teresa that is great thanks for that. There are so many kinds of protien powder out there it is very confusing! Just to say also I have to follow low gi and your recipies are great thank you xx

  8. Pree says:

    Teresa these are incredible!! They’re like healthy guilt-free rum balls! Have made a big batch for all my gym buddies to try :) I just used plain 100% whey and they still taste amazing so the vanilla extract is enough if you can’t get a good vanilla flavoured powder (probably cuts the carb content a little too!)

  9. Gina says:

    Making these was a comedy of errors for me…my food processor was too small to fit dry ingredients & the dates so needed to split them. Note to self, one must pit the dates before chucking them in the food processor! Post picking through the processed dates for the 16 pips, I then had to hand squish dry & wet ingredients! BUT the final result was divine, and to top it off my kids loved the ‘chocolate balls’ and are none the wiser!

  10. Kyle says:

    Can you use almond meal instead of the raw almonds? I don’t have a decent food processor that can crush the almonds.

  11. Adrienne says:

    These are amazing. They are now one of my main every day snacks. I was eating the processed chocolately ones these are better. You are taking over my diet one meal at time Teresa. Tonight we are making the salmon patties and tomorrow we are coming to the cafe!

  12. Stef says:

    These are amazing. I’m always looking for healthy alternatives to sweets and these really do hit the spot! Thanku Teresa your recipes are fantastic and your 80/20 diet really easy to stick to! Absolutely love it. I hope to visit your cafe one day :)

  13. Deborah says:

    These are delicious! I am truly addicted and they have replaced my afternoon habit of eating biscuits! In the last batch I added prunes and walnuts too…yummo!

  14. Kyle says:

    Can I use almond meal instead? And if so how much?

  15. Jess says:


    I used 150g of almonds, 100g pumpkin seeds and 80g sunflower kernals as this is what was in my cupboard and they were super yummy!

  16. Brittany says:

    I love these, they taste amazing and satisfy my arvo chocolate fix. But can I remove the protein powder all together next time? I have trouble finding a fructose friendly protein powder.

    • Alicia says:

      I’m fructose intolerant too and find that Theresa’s Pea Protein doesn’t upset me because it’s designed for people with good sensitivities. I know everyone is different but just thought I’d suggest that you give it a try :-)

  17. Kirsty says:

    Hey teresa…Can you use the Vitamix for this?

  18. Arna says:

    Hi Teresa,

    I just wanted to say a very big THANK YOU for your website. I’ve fallen in love with it and it (along with your book) have completely changed my cooking style. I’m slowly working through the recipes and have adored every one. These protein fudge cookies have become a staple of mine. I’m feeling the health benefits of all this great food.

    Thanks heaps,

  19. Leanne says:

    Hi Teresa, these recipes are great! I made the Quinoa and Pomegranate last night and not only was it healthy and delicious but a big success in the eyes of my boyfriend too! I was wondering whether I could substitute the vanilla protein powder for chocolate in this recipe and omit the cocoa? (I only have choc flavour at home). Have you experimented with this before?

  20. Berneice says:

    Hi there,
    great recipe, any suggestions for substituting the dates – they’re not very easy to get where I live.

  21. LYNDALL says:

    Was that 168 calories per ball or for the whole 14?

  22. Mary says:

    Are these ok for kids too eat – my daughter has tried the store protein bars – but would rather make them than buy them.

    any thoughts for kids eating them?

  23. Kelly says:

    Oh good lord! I just halved the recipe and wizzed up a small batch to cure my arvo chocolate craving… Amazing! The only problem with these little babies is stopping at one! Thank you! Thank you!

  24. Vanessa says:

    Wow! Thought some of the comments were a little OTT until I tried for myself. Thank you!!! xx

  25. Kat says:

    What can I use instead of dates? I really don’t like them plus I have fructose malabsorption and have to avoid dried fruit as it bloats me terribly.


    • Ok perfect answer is to make a totally different protein ball using almond butter and protein powder. It’s a different recipe but a good one to post..Will work on it. :)

      • Sarah says:

        Am looking forward to that recipe :)

        On another note – thanks so much for sharing all of these amazing recipes Teresa. I get way too excited when your weekly new recipe pops into my inbox! Have shared the website with all my friends and colleagues.

      • Brittany says:

        Hi Teresa, have you posted the fructose mal friendly protein balls on your site yet? I love these but the dates upset my stomach. Thanks :)

  26. Sarah B says:

    The chocolate protein balls picture is to die for! I’m going to try making this tomorrow night!

  27. Sarah B says:

    Could I use one of these? I’m kind of lactose intolerant so things like whey protein get my stomach sensitive:

    I still try to eat chocolate of course though :)

  28. All of these ones are great to use Sarah and they will work ok in my recipe. If needed you just need to add a little water to help the balls bind. Pea can soak up a lot of moisture. WPI’s have minimal lactose so could also be an option if you’re not too sensitive. Happy Cooking :)

  29. Sarah B says:

    Thank you!

  30. Sue Garden says:

    I’ve made this using pea protein powder instead of the whey to make this dairy free and it worked beautifully!

  31. Bec H says:

    Hi Teresa, could I use dried dates instead of fresh ones? Thanks :)

    • not really Bec….fruits need to be soft…you could use rasins or prunes though but fresh dates are better.

    • Adele says:

      Hi Bec,

      The first time I made these, I mis-read the recipe and used dried dates. I did manage to get them into an edible balls by adding 1/4 cup of water (a bit at a time until it came together), and letting them set in the fridge for a few hours. I made them again with fresh dates and they were much better (moist), but there’s an option for you if you don’t fancy an extra trip to the shops.

      Adele :)

  32. Sarah B says:

    Hey Teresa, me again. I wasn’t sure if I should email this or comment here, but would you be interested in guest blog posting? My friend is a chef at Newbury College and it would be cool to see them on here.

  33. Syllvia says:

    Oh yum!! Just made this recipe using GNC Pro Performance Lo-Carb Delite (unflavored) – I rolled half in Macro Organic shredded coconut and the other half in 3 squares ground Lindt Dark Chocolate (Excellence 85% cocoa. I halved the recipe because our children have flown the coop now. I’ve achieved my weight loss goals and my husband has lost 16kg since discovering your website!!!

  34. Lesley says:

    My 12-year-old son, who is a bit ‘particular’, loves these … they are a great, healthy snack for recess. Have them as a constant in the fridge. I use a tablespoon full of mix for each, so probably get 28 rather than 14 – then don’t feel guilty if I eat two!

  35. maria says:

    How much is 60 grams of protein powder in cups please? Same with almonds.

  36. maria says:

    *** Must definitely use a food processor. I have a good blender (not a $600 Vitamix but a decent one that has never disappointed) and by the time I added the dates, the motor could not manage the mix. It was THICK.

    If you don’t own a food processor, perhaps finely chop the dates and mix by hand or puree the dates BEFOREHAND.

    I ended up adding a bit of honey/stevia at the end as they really needed some sweetness.

    I hope these taste good! They are in the fridge firming up as we speak!!

  37. Olivia says:

    My son is 5, autistic (high functioning) and gluten & casein intolerant. I was thinking of supplementing with Spirulina or chlorella as he is so fussy he is missing out on lots of nutrients. Do you think I could add either of these powders to this or any of your other recipes?

    And I’m so happy to have found your site, I’d been so lacking in inspiration for food for my family, but your recipes are getting me excited about cooking again! Thanks!!!

    • Hey Olivia, You could definately add spirulina or chlorella to my chocolate protein balls. Not too much – just 1 small teaspoon should be enough. Also great added to any of my smoothie recipes on the site. You can swap any dairy for other milks such as rice, almond etc if being used. Glad you like the site and lots more coming up ! :)

  38. Leeann says:

    Hi Teresa,
    Awesome recipe, they kids love them. As I am sticking to a low carb diet, can you tell me what sort of dates you use? Seems common fresh ones ‘medjool dates’ have a much higher carb load ie 15+ carbs per date. Sort of ruins what looks like a great low carb treat.
    Cheers Leeann

  39. Karina says:

    When I made them, they seemed a bit dry, I didn’t use any protein power, just the almonds.
    I added some low fat cream cheese, and really loved them!
    Thanks for the recipe

  40. Katie J says:

    Hi Teresa,

    Is there anything I can substitute for the dates? Any type of dried fruit gives me an upset stomach, but would still love to have something like this on hand!

    Thanks :)

  41. Miranda says:

    Just made these using a choc whey protein and a tablespoon of agave syrup to help bind… Delish!

  42. Jay says:

    Looks awesome and ver yummy! I have a full bag of dried dates. Can I use them instead (and soak them maybe…) or would they be to dry?

  43. Kathy says:

    Hi Teresa,
    I have only recently come across your website and our normal weekly meals are rapidly being replaced by your amazing recipes.
    In many of your recipes you use fresh dates. Having trouble finding them, so is it all right to use dried dates and would I use the same amounts.
    Thank you.

    • Hey Kathy – you can find fresh dates in the cold section in the supermarket where you normally get the berries and lettuce. Also most grocers sell them too. Dried don’t really work as well but if you must you can soak in water first to soften. Other fruits such as soft pitted prunes and apricots are also great…T:) x

  44. Kathy says:

    Just saw your reply to the same question.

    Thank you x

  45. Joanne says:

    Hi Teresa, I made a batch of these and took some in for the trainers at my gym. We all agree they are to die for. Even my daughter, who is very fussy, loves them. I have been sharing your website around with fellow gym members, as we have just come out of 40 Day Focus, which involved eating as clean as possible. Love your recipes and cant wait to try out more.

  46. Claire says:

    Hi teresa

    have been making like mad!, thank you for giving me a healthy way to get my chocolate fix!
    quick question, what is the difference between WPI and WPC which is bad for weight loss?
    Can you clarify, or should i stick to plant protein?

    • Claire says:

      And can you use wpi when pregnant and breastfeeding?

    • Hey Claire – thanks for your email. I have a great info sheet on what other protein powders contain including WPC here:

      WPC’s and casein proteins are both bi-products of cheese making. These slower release proteins are added to to supplements to add a creamy mouthfeel to the final drink. They are poorly absorbed, high in lactose and poorly digested that can often cause bloating, flatulence + gastrointestinal distress in some people.. It’s quite ironic that these powders actually started off as a weight gainer in medical institutions !

      WPI has gone through many filtration stages removing most of the lactose and milk solids – end result makes it a cleaner, higher grade source of protein.
      HEALTHY CHEF PURE NATIVE WPI is specifically designed to be the purest, bio-available source of protein that does not cause bloating or gastro-intestinal issues. It is low in fat, low in carbohydrates, high in protein and free of soy, sugar and gluten.

      Our protein powder contains no nasties or artificial ingredients and is completely pure and natural so it can be enjoyed by everyone:). It is always recommended to consult your health professional about your healthy diet. Nutrient reference values for protein intake during pregnancy and lactation are 1.1g per kilo of body weight / day which can also be found on my protein calculator on the site. This page also has a list of the best food sources of protein. Hope this helps. :) x

  47. Claire says:

    Sorry! another question!!
    I have 2 tablespoon measurers in my draw, one is 20ml and one is 15ml, what is your tablespoon measurement please!

  48. Rosa says:

    These look fantastic! If I was to substitute almond meal, how much would I need?

  49. Christine G says:

    Hi There, I’m not sure if anyone has asked this but, I was wondering if a combination of Almonds and another nut, like say Cashews would be suitable? I’ve seen other recipes for Choc Protein Balls, some of which use a combination of various nuts.

    (I realise this will probably alter the Nutritional values, especially the fat content where Cashews are concerned.)

  50. Timon says:

    Teresa, thank you so much for all the healthy recipes. I AMA reactive hypoglycemic (non-diabetic) and have such difficulty managing glucose levels, let alone balancing in meals/snacks/work/life. Recipes like this are so helpful.

    I’m curious, however, about a good replacement for the almonds. I only ask because I eat so, so many almonds…

  51. Carrie says:

    I love these!! I use a stick mixer to do the whole recipe and it works perfectly! I also add a tablespoon of coconut oil :) These are delicious!

  52. Sarah says:

    First time in making any kind of natural health ANYTHING, and I am so super excited. Having tasted and loved bliss balls I was skeptical I would be able to replicate the taste. They are absolutely incredible, I added a little bit of mesquite and I’m hooked. Thank you thank you for this recipe! It’s so nice to home make, you know exactly what goes in and you can budget.

  53. Belinda says:

    Oh WOW! I’ve just made a batch of these. These are yummy and naughty. Best be careful not to over do them! Thank you Teresa.
    Your Power Porridge is also awesome, I had that the other morning. Yummo!

  54. Philippa says:

    I was just wondering how long these last for?

  55. Nicole says:

    I love this recipe and so do my kids which is great. Last time I added some orange zest and they were even better! I’m going to make a double batch next time since they keep so well.

  56. Vanessa says:

    I made these yesterday, I added a tbsn of manuka honey to moisten the mixture a little. These are absolutely delicious. I made them for myself but have to share with kids now as the love them also. Thank you this recipe is fab.

  57. Sue says:

    Our easter egg substitute this year. Thanks Teresa.

  58. Robyn says:

    Hi Tereasa

    Great recipe, I make your protein power balls with whatever nuts are on hand and without the protein powder and they work great.

    I was wondering if there is an alternative to using nuts as schools have a nut free policy and I would love to make something like this for the canteen to sell instead of home made cup cakes with green icing!

    Cheers Robyn

  59. Jodie says:

    My only hint for those who have not yet made this recipe… Make a double batch as they will all be gone before you clean the food processor! LOL. So very very yummy. You’d never know just how healthy they are.

  60. Fiona says:

    Just wanted to say thank for this recipe, I had trouble getting the coconut and goji berries to stick though. Any tips?

  61. Sharon says:

    Hi Theresa,I have just made these protein balls & they are so delicious that I have eaten 4 rolling them into balls.
    Thankyou for a deliciously scrumcious snack & I rate them (5 out of 5) fellow viewers.

  62. marta says:

    Thanks for sharing your amazng recipes – the ones I have tried not only taste fantastic, but are also made with healthy ingredients. These balls are a great alternative for this self-confessed chocaholic – love ‘em.

  63. Stacy says:

    Made these this afternoon and I’m definitely impressed! They taste and amazing and are so easy to make.

  64. Jo Ingleton says:

    Hi Theresa – Is there any way to replace the nuts in this recipe with something?
    My kids have anaphylactic allergies to peanut and tree nuts so I can’t really have nuts in our house… thanks Jo

  65. Tracey says:

    Would love to make these protein balls, only problem I have a young son who has a servere allergy to all tree nuts. Because of this we do not keep any nuts in the house. Is there another ingredient I can use to replace the almonds????? Or do you have a nut free recipe.

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  67. Jimmy Joe says:

    Hi Teresa,

    I love your balls. I had to eat one before I refrigerated them. I pushed dried cranberries into the center of some of mine as a hidden extra! One question – will you marry me!! (Can’t blame a man for trying!)

    Jimmy Joe

  68. Renee says:

    I used an espresso instead of water in this recipe. Worked really well.

  69. Sandra says:

    Hi Teresa! Thank you so much for this recipe, I’ve been doing these protein balls for a few months now and I love them! Next time I will try walnuts instead, cause I just started to read about how to eat right for your blood type. What are your thoughts on this theory? And do you have a suggestion to another flavoring instead of cinnamon and vanilla extract, since this is on the avoid list for me with blood type O. Cheers! Sandra

  70. Peter says:

    Excellent. Used chocolate protein powder and little extra cocoa and they make the perfect afternoon snack.

  71. Jessica A says:

    I do not have protein powder so I used Milo and replace the dates with 12 prunes (I don’t have sweet tooth). I made 24 mini balls. They are chewy and chocolaty. Thanks for the recipe! :)

  72. Amy T says:

    Hi Teresa,
    Could you use Almond meal instead of Almonds? would the quantity be the same?

  73. Amy T says:

    Hi Teresa,
    Could you use Almond Meal instead of Almonds and would the quantity be the same?

  74. Shar says:

    Made these with almonds and walnuts and love the almonds best… Also did a batch for Christmas and added some Tahitian Vanilla Bean white rum soaked raisins so we could have healthy rum balls! Great subtle flavour. Thanks for the recipe :)

  75. Jasmine says:

    I made these on the weekend in my Vitamix… I overheated the machine 3 times. Other than that they tasted amazing, my friend thought they were rum balls and loved them also.
    I want to make them again but I am worried I will destroy my Vitamix and I dont have a food processor.

  76. Laura Bernhardt says:

    Hi Healthy Chef,

    What a great recipe!

    I whipped these up this morning.

    I was amazing that my mini food chopper which I just bought can crush the nuts and dates.

    I added some chia seeds for some extra fibre and protein.

    Can’t wait to have one with a cuppa.

    I have them in the fridge at the moment for them to harden up- is this the correct thing to do?


  77. Lauren says:

    So yummy, love mine crushed up with cereal and yoghurt! Quick Q, I make mine on milk powder, is refrigeration really necessary? Thanks!

  78. faith says:

    Could you use the naked drinking chocolate into this protein ball recipe for a different variation? Would that work?

  79. Angie says:

    Hi Teresa, I have heard about soaking almonds in water all day before adding them to the ball mix. Do you know much about what this does?

  80. Joanne says:

    Hi Teresa, I’m looking forward to making these – will do tomorrow but I don’t have any protein powder – what can I use instead? I’ve coeliac so needs to be gf. Thanks

  81. Suzanne says:

    Hi There!
    I wld really love to make some PINK protein balls for Pink Ribbon day coming up on Monday 27th October
    It is breast cancer awareness month and I am 7yrs Cancer free and am having a fundraiser nosh up after my fitness classes on the 27th. :o)

  82. Daniella says:

    do you need to add protein powder whats a substitute?

  83. Ashleigh says:

    Hi Teresa,
    These look amazing! I just wanted to ask how to go about making a nut free version. Would replacing the nuts with pumpkin or sunflower seeds work?

    • I would use a combination of seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, hemp) as well as some organic coconut. Let me know how you go…and I’ll post up a nut free version very soon ! :) x

  84. Fiona says:

    If I was to use pulp from previously ground nuts – what quantity would you suggest?


  85. Lucy says:

    Hi can these be frozen for up to 3 months?

  86. Cassie says:

    Could your substitute the nuts for almond/hazelnut meal?

  87. Jo says:

    Hello, lovely recipe, do you have a carb count for it?

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