Home > Snacks > Chocolate Protein Balls Chocolate Protein Balls May 12, 2020 | 18 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. These chocolate protein balls taste like a chocolate covered almond! With clean and nutritious ingredients and a quick prep time, these will quickly become a weekly meal prepping staple! Only 7 ingredients! Chocolate Protein Balls These chocolate protein balls are my absolute favorite energy bite recipe! They taste like a cocoa-roasted almond with the perfect hint of sweetness. They are also quick to prepare and require only 7 ingredients. With so few ingredients, the ingredients used can make a big difference! Below I’ll share my favorite ingredients to use in these easy chocolate protein balls. Chocolate Protein Balls Ingredients Almonds: roasted almonds are always best! They’ll add tons of extra flavor to these bites without the extra work of you having to toast them. I use dry roasted and lightly salted almonds. Almond Butter: more on this below Honey Vanilla extract: a nice flavor add, but not entirely necessary if you don’t have any on hand. Dutch Process Cocoa Powder: more on this below Oats: old-fashioned or quick oats work great Miniature dark chocolate chips: milk or semi-sweet work too, but are less nutritious overall (dark chocolate has essential fats your body needs and is a powerful source of antioxidants (source.)) QUICK TIPIf using unsalted almonds and unsalted almond butter, be sure to add a pinch or two of salt to these chocolate protein balls. Using a good almond butter This nut butter adds flavor, protein, and healthy fats to these balls. As far as almond butter goes, I recommend a slow-roasted and lightly salted almond butter you enjoy eating straight from the jar. If you don’t enjoy a bite from the jar of almond butter, it’s not going to add a whole lot flavor-wise to these chocolate protein balls. Dutch process cocoa powder The one ingredient that really sets these chocolate protein balls apart is the cocoa powder. I recommend using Dutch–process instead of natural or plain cocoa powder. The Dutch process offers a more robust and intensely deep chocolate flavor. Regular cocoa powder will create a less flavorful and drier texture. (Hershey’s “Special Dark”® cocoa powder is a Dutch-process cocoa powder that is readily found at most grocery stores.) Blending the almonds & oats You will need a high powered blender or food processor to quickly pulse the almonds and oats. When blending/pulsing the oats, be careful to not over-pulse or blend. If almonds are blended too long, they will begin to turn into almond butter and we want them to be the consistency of flour. I like to pulse a few times, stir, pulse, stir, etc. until a fine powder (like flour) has formed. Mixing the Chocolate Protein Balls The dough for these chocolate protein balls is thick and sticky. I like using an electric hand mixer best for mixing everything together, but a stand mixer also works well. If mixing by hand with a wooden spoon, you may need to use your hands to knead the mixture and get it to come together nicely. QUICK TIPDepending on the actual ingredients used, you may need more or less honey or oats to get these chocolate protein balls to come together nicely. If they are too wet, add a bit more ground up oats and if they are too dry add in additional almond butter or honey. More healthy snacks No Bake Energy Bites Easy homemade Granola Chocolate Granola Bars with coconut oil No bake Healthy Breakfast Cookies Healthy Blueberry Muffins FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Chocolate Protein Balls 5 from 3 votes - Review this recipe These chocolate protein balls taste like a chocolate covered almond! With clean and nutritious ingredients and a quick prep time, these will quickly become a weekly meal prepping staple! Only 7 ingredients! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Chocolate Protein Balls 5 from 3 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe These chocolate protein balls taste like a chocolate covered almond! With clean and nutritious ingredients and a quick prep time, these will quickly become a weekly meal prepping staple! Only 7 ingredients! Course Snack Cuisine American Keyword Chocolate Protein Balls Prep Time 15 minutes Chill Time 20 minutes Total Time 35 minutes Servings 30 balls Ingredients1 and 1/2 cups (150g) old fashioned or quick oats1/2 cup (73g) dry roasted and lightly salted almonds1 and 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch Process cocoa powder (like Hershey's Special Dark)1 teaspoon vanilla extract1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (127g) honey, separated1/2 cup (122g) almond butter (See Note 1)1/2 cup (93g) miniature chocolate chips InstructionsBLEND OATS: In a high-powered blender or food processor, add the old fashioned or quick oats. Pulse or blend until it resembles flour. (You may need to stir it around to get all the oats to be fully blended). Add the blended up oats to a large bowl.BLEND ALMONDS: Add the almonds to the processor or blender and pulse until they resemble a flour. Do not blend too long or it turns to almond butter. Add to the bowl with the ground up oats.*The measurements of oats and almonds should be the measurements BEFORE blending, no need to measure after blending.MIX: Add in the dutch process cocoa powder, vanilla, 1/4 cup honey, almond butter, and miniature chocolate chips. Add pinch or two of salt if desired or if your almond butter/almonds aren't salted. Using electric hand mixers, mix ingredients together and then knead the mixture with your hands until a thick dough forms (kneading also helps incorporate chocolate chips better). If everything is not coming together nicely, add in remaining 2 tablespoons honey (I usually always add in this extra honey, but every once and a while the almond butter is exceptionally wet and extra honey isn't needed). IF dough is too wet, add additional powdered oats. (Dough will vary depending on actual ingredients used)ROLL INTO BALLS: Roll mixture into balls, each ball of dough should be 2 teaspoons in size to get around 30 balls.STORAGE: Store in an airtight container (in fridge, freezer --delicious!, or at room temperature.) Recipe NotesNote 1: I recommend a slow-roasted and lightly salted almond butter you enjoy eating straight from the jar. If you don't enjoy a bite from the jar of almond butter, it's not going to add a whole lot flavor-wise to these chocolate protein balls. We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! 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