These protein packed power balls make a great little snack or treat. The cocoa and dates add just enough sweetness that you’d never know there’s no sugar added!
I recently bought my first bar of unsweetened chocolate (100% cacao)… And to steal vocabulary from my 5-year-old, it tasted disgusting!
However, in some magical way the combination of ingredients in this recipe below make the cacao taste like “regular” chocolate. I have to thank a 100 Days of Real Food reader for introducing me to a version of this recipe. I would have never thought to put these items together and now we can’t stop eating these protein power balls!
A Snack Recipe That Keeps You Full
A lot of people (both kids and adults) turn to high sugar or processed carbohydrate snacks when they’re hungry. Not only are these terrible options from a real food perspective, they’re also not very filling.
The best snacks to keep you full for a long time contain both protein and fats like these power balls. They take longer for your body to digest, which leaves you feeling satisfied for a longer period of time.
Unfortunately so many packaged protein and fat rich nut snacks are full of additives like sugar and processed oils which is a no-go in our real food household.
That’s where these protein power balls come in! With 6 grams of plant-based protein and 15 grams of healthy fats, they’re a great post workout power food or kid-friendly snack.
Make Higher Protein Power Balls
I used pecans for my power balls, but at 2.6 grams of protein per ounce they aren’t the most high-protein option when it comes to nuts. If you’re looking to pack more protein into each power ball, try some of these options instead:
- Hazelnuts: 3.8g of protein per 1oz (and will make your power balls taste like Nutella)
- Walnuts: 4.3g of protein per 1oz
- Pistachios: 5.8g of protein per 1oz (shell before measuring)
- Cashews: 5.1g of protein per 1oz
- Almonds: 6g of protein per 1oz (highest protein option)