Road Trip Recipe: Chocolate Nut Protein Balls

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After sharing why we travel with a high speed blender, I had huge requests for the protein nut balls that are a raving family favourite snack.

It’s the stuff that causes arguments.

I have to carefully divide them up and put the girls on two ball rations in their lunch boxes. Otherwise they’d eat 24 of them in a row. (so would I)

They are super delicious, so simple to make, and super healthy. They’ll also give you lots of natural energy and fill you up.

Don’t forget to pin and share the recipe with anyone who’d love some yum in their tum!

Chocolate nut protein balls recipe

Chocolate Nut Protein Balls


  • 1 cup pitted medjool nuts
  • 1 cup nuts (any mixture. I use almonds, pecans, hazelnuts and macadamias)
  • ⅓ cup raw cacao
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tblsp chia seeds


  1. Soak dates in warm water for 15 mins to soften
  2. Add nuts, cacao, coconut oil, coconut, and chia to processor and mix
  3. Add dates and process
  4. If mixture is too dry add either a tblsp of water or a little coconut oil
  5. Let mixture set for 10 mins
  6. Roll into bite size balls.

Try adding goji berries or spirulina.

choc nut protein balls recipe

The kids will love helping you make them!

Want another delicious sugar-free recipe to try? Try this Chocolate Cashew Cream Tart

What else would you add to these chocolate nut protein balls?


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17 thoughts on “Road Trip Recipe: Chocolate Nut Protein Balls”

  1. Erythritol (xylitol) maybe? We roast pecans with cinnamon, erythritol, and a little salt (stirred first with egg white and water) that are deliciously addictive! Can’t wait to try your nut balls, thanks!

    1. Just had to google what that was!! I don’t think these need any sugar alternatives. The date gives it a lovely sweetness. But, you can definitely try it and see! Let me know how it goes.

      1. I made them this morning with Lila. We didn’t have all the ingredients, so I went off the reservation a bit with the recipe. They were good. Good present for a friend who doesn’t eat sugar or dairy. 🙂 We had them for breakfast, too.

  2. My kids love them! youngest daughter, 9 years old, is the wee chef of the house and added dried cranberries to them yesterday. They travel well too, so we will take a fresh batch when we go coming these holidays! Thanks!

  3. I made the chocolates balls yesterday – very delicious, thanks for sharing this recipe. I have one question – should I store them in the fridge or just in a cupboard? They don’t have eggs or milk that will require storing in the fridge just the coconut oil, but I am not sure?

  4. I’m excited to try these. I do not have raw cacao. Where might I find it? Or can I use cocoa powder instead?

    1. I don’t recommend cocoa powder as its not good for you. I’m not sure how it would alter the taste of the balls either as cocoa powder already has sweetener in it. You can get raw cacao from a health food store or organic supermarket or online. A lot of local markets will have it too, depending on where you live.

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