Easy Homemade Protein Power Balls

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These protein power balls made with chocolate and peanut butter are a simple and tasty snack that takes no effort at all to make. They are packed with protein from the peanut butter, dates, and nuts for a delicious treat when you just need a little something!
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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!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Power Balls in cupcake liners on a table outside.

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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!

Try these Peanut Butter Protein Bars too!

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.

Check out these High Protein Meal Prep Ideas!

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)

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  1. My daughter has a peanut allergy but I love this idea! Could I substitute almond butter or sunflower seed butter for the peanut butter? If so would the measurements be the same or different? Thank you!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Jennifer. Yes, I don’t see why you can’t sub the almond butter or sunflower seed butter. I would keep the measurements the same. Jill

  2. These are wonderful to freeze and take out as little as one at a time for a treat. You can omit anything you don’t like or add anything healthy you do to this recipe. They are also great snacks before or after workouts (I have one post jog), on road trips, school lunches or snacks, for trips to the park, picnics, and the list goes on and on :-)

  3. Prefer the chocolate peanut butter powerball to the oats and honey one. Oats and honey were too sweet for me, felt like I was buzzing.

    Version #1, great success. My husband likes them too. Next time I’ll try adding some oats.

  4. Just made version #1. YUM!
    I’ve been wanting a chocolate treat without sugar and this is perfect. I made them in the blender and am going to roll them in unsweetened coconut before freezing.

  5. I have these in the fridge right now! Can’t wait to try them. The parts I licked off my fingers tasted delicious ;) Question, do they have to stay refrigerated? We don’t have a ton of room in the fridge. Maybe I will freeze some :)

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Stacy. They don’t have to stay refrigerated, but, that’s probably preferable. They do freeze well too like you stated. Jill

  6. I brought these as a dessert last night to a dinner party & they were a hit! I saved a couple for my junk food loving dad to taste & didn’t tell him they were ‘real food.’ he LOVED them! That was the ultimate test. Thanks for the great recipes:)

  7. I actually misread the recipe and put 3 oz of solid baking chocolate in these….it tastes amazing, like bits of chocolate chips in these! It was a mistake I plan to replicate :)

  8. These were very very yummy!! Thank you for the recipe! I tried the chocolate one and used raisins instead of dates because I didn’t have any.

  9. I finally got the chance to try out the powerball recipe (the chocolate one, of course!), and it was delicious! Thank you for sharing! We’ve also tried the chicken nuggets, hummus, and cheesy crackers. Having a good food processor really helps! I have been inspired by your food journey and am slowly making changes in my own life and in the eating habits of my family! Thank you!

  10. hello! My family and I are preparing for a road trip and I was thinking of making these now and freezing them for our trip in 3 weeks. Do you know if these would freeze well? Thx for the recipe!

  11. You really should connect with Pinterest. I especially love finding healthy recipes that I can past on to my friends.

  12. Okay.. never mind on my question above, I used 1 ounce of cacao bar. I can not believe how good they are!!!!!! So yummy!

  13. When you say 3 tablespoons of the cacao bar, how many squares or ounces is that? I am not sure how much to use! Thanks!! Love your blog!!!

  14. I just made the chocolate-peanut butter powerballs. Delicious! I can’t wait to try out the chocolate torte version that you linked to. Thanks for another great recipe.

  15. Just tried these and found them to be wonderful! Thinking of making them for a Christmas cookie exchange…do they freeze well?

      1. I add oats and use walnuts instead of pecans (I add just a smidgen of water to compensate for the oats.) I also freeze them. They are AMAZING frozen.

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  17. I tried the chocolate torte recipe earlier (which was awesome) and decided I wanted to try the peanut butter ones here. I got a bit inspired and changed a few things. I used 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder instead of the chocolate bar, added honey, and a bit of water to make them easier to mold. These are AMAZING. Might have to even give them out for the holidays. This will DEFINITELY help me stay on track with eating fewer processed foods. I just need to learn to stop at eating one or two…

  18. I just made the oat/honey/PB version and they are yummy! I’m so glad to find an easy snack to give my 2 year old rather than junky crackers or granola bars. I used 1 c. ground flax rather than the nuts so it was easy for him to chew and it worked great! I can’t wait to try the chocolate/date version next…I might save those for myself ;) Thanks!

  19. I can’t wait to experiment with these. I’ve been thinking of making a homemade version of a lara bar. I have some dried persimmon from whole foods that’s going to have to make an appearance soon.

  20. Lisa, I’m not a stalker, haha. I just wanted to review the recipes of yours that we have tried, which is quite a few! So….
    For those of you who haven’t tried these, do yourself a favor and make one batch. I don’t even want a Snickers after having these. They’re guilt-free and cover any and all chocolate cravings in this house! P.S. For one recipe, I tried raisins instead of dates because the only dates I found are sweetened. However, the raisins didn’t do the trick. I’ll just wash the dates I guess. LOL

  21. I do not own a food processor (just a magic bullet). I would like to purchase one, but the different parts and gadgets are intimidating and I feel that cleaning all of them would be a pain. Does anyone have a good recommendation for a good food processor that is easily cleaned and with no fuss parts?

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      With an appliance like a food processor you don’t want to mess around with a cheap or inexpensive version. You get what you pay for and mine, which is Cuisinart, is still going strong after almost 12 years.

  22. Just found your website and LOVE it! Made these powerballs today and my oldest (5yr) gobbled it up! Cant wait to try the breakfast cookies and zucchini bread. Keep up the good work–Its nice to not feel crazy because Im trying to do the best I can for my family.

  23. Love the chocolate ones! And because they hit the spot so perfectly, I am content to eat just one, where in the past I would eat tons of chocolate or candy in one sitting. I tried the peanut butter/honey version last night, and I find them too sweet. Next time I’ll reduce the amount of honey. (Although, I ran out of natural PB, so I used half natural PB and half Kraft PB, which probably added to the sweetness factor.) In addition to the PB, oats and honey, I used raisins, sunflower seeds and unsweetened coconut. Yum!

  24. These are SO good! I have eaten way too many in the last 24 hours! lol!
    I ended up using 2oz(4 squares) of the chocolate bar and just tossed it in the food processor with everything else. Turned out great. Thanks for the recipe!

  25. LOVE the power balls! I could eat gobs in a setting but limit myself to one……..NOT easy! Thanks for the recipe!

  26. Amazing!!! This will take care of my sweet tooth! This will also be great addition too my kids teachers gifts!! I will just have to make a lot!!

  27. I never usually comment on blogs, but I just had to tonight. I am on day 2 of my 10 day challenge. I was really craving my usual sweet, so I figured what they hey I’ll try these. I was somewhat skeptical that they would anything better than ok. WOW!! So yummy!! These may have to be a permanent fixture in my house. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      Trust me…I had never eaten a date in my life before we started our real food pledge so I know exactly what you mean about being skeptical. But when I was feeling desperate for chocolate I was much more willing to try new things though. And I have done a side-by-side comparison (now that I can have regular dark chocolate again) and I like my chocolate powerballs better! I am so glad it worked out for you as well. Oh and this is the recipe I use the most now (rolled into little powerball sizes): https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/07/17/recipe-chocolate-torte-with-whipped-cream-and-chocolate-sauce/

  28. Since I love Key Lime Larabars and they are $2.29 EACH up here in Canada, I decided to try to tweek your powerball recipe (which I love) and it worked! Here is my recipe.

    Lime-Flavoured Power Balls

    1 ½ cups dates
    ¾ cup unsweetened coconut
    1 ½ cups raw almonds
    1 Tbsp. honey
    1 tsp. finely grated lime rind
    Juice of ½ lime
    Put all ingredients except for lime juice in food processor. Pulverize.
    Add lime juice gradually until the mixture forms together. It usually takes about
    the juice of half a lime.
    Form into inch-sized balls. Refrigerate or freeze.

  29. Since I love Key Lime Larabars and they are $2.29 EACH up here in Canada, I decided to try to tweek your powerball recips (which I love) and it worked! Here is my recipe.

    Lime-Flavoured Power Balls

    1 ½ cups dates
    ¾ cup unsweetened coconut
    1 ½ cups raw almonds
    1 Tbsp. honey
    1 tsp. finely grated lime rind
    Juice of ½ lime
    Put all ingredients except for lime juice in food processor. Pulverize.
    Add lime juice gradually until the mixture forms together. It usually takes about
    the juice of half a lime.
    Form into inch-sized balls. Refrigerate or freeze.

  30. we have a nut allergy in the house… this tastes just fine w/ sunbutter or soy nut butter.. I also have a friend who calls these “fiber bombs”

  31. Made the chocolate/pb version last night (for a bit of dessert after making your grilled pimento cheese sandwich!), and it was fantastic.

    Your daughter was not wrong about the taste of the 100% cacao by itself. (I couldn’t resist tasting it!).
    I can happily eat 75% dark chocolate with a smile on my face, but that was just terrible. However, mixed up with the dates, pecans and peanut butter – it definitely works.

    Once this batch is gone, I’ll try the oat/honey version. It sounds good, too. :)

  32. I just made the first version and they’re very good. They were extremely easy to make. My boys even at them.

    1. Sunbutter.. it’s made with sunflower seeds. my friend’s son loves it. and, instead of the nuts maybe pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, wheat nuts or banana chips