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energy balls drizzled with chocolate and flaky sea salt

No-Bake Protein Energy Balls

No Bake Protein Energy Balls are a great snack in the afternoon or pre/post workout. They have minimal ingredients and are easily made in the food processor!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword energy balls
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 14 bites
Calories 177kcal


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond flour* (or almond meal)
  • 6 dates (pitted), chopped*
  • 3/4 cup nut butter (peanut, almond, soy butter, etc.)
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (about 1 Tbsp.)
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  • In the bowl of a food processor, add in the oats and pulse a few times.
  • Add in all other remaining ingredients and process on high until mixture is well combined.
  • Roll into balls using a cookie scoop or your hands. Recipe makes ~13-15 bites.
  • Drizzle with melted chocolate on top (optional). Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Note: Mixture may appear crumbly. Once you start to form it together between your palms it will come together to make a ball. If it's just not working out, add more nut butter and a splash of water, blend again until desired consistency is reached.



  • Can also use coconut flour or chickpea flour. 
  • Optional toppings: roll in unsweetened shredded coconut, mini chocolate chips, drizzle with melted peanut butter or melted chocolate. 
  • Soak dates in lukewarm water for ~10 minutes if needed prior to chopping and blending. 
  • Be sure to use a creamy nut butter for best results. 
  • Stir in mini chocolate chips and these will last just like cookie dough!
  • Store in fridge for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 2 months. 


Serving: 1ball | Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5.9g