I’m a sucker for a good protein bar or energy ball. During my busier weeks or when I need a snack on the go, I’ll grab one and run out the door. And over the years, I’ve found a few I really enjoy. My favorite at the moment is from GoMacro*.
But when I’m saving for a trip or want to cut the grocery budget a little, I like to make things at home. Plus, it gives me room to add things in or put my own spin on it. My goal is always to keep things balanced. So whether it’s swapping in a different nut butter or scaling back on the sugar, I’m always tweaking things.
Today’s recipe was adapted from one recently shared by Lydia & Carrie. I loved their version but wanted to put a spin on it that worked for me. And I’m sure there will be another version soon to come. I’m dreaming up matcha protein balls next.
As always, you can adjust this recipe to your preference. If you prefer chia seeds, they work just as well. Personally, I love hemp seeds for the extra protein and they don’t get stuck in my teeth. Plus, they’re high in fiber!
Protein Packed Energy Ball Recipe
- 2 cups pitted medjool dates*
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
- 1 cup coconut shredded or desiccated
- 4 tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- Add pitted dates, almond meal, protein powder, coconut, and hemp seeds to a food processor.
- Blitz until all the ingredients are consistent in texture. The mixture should look like the almond meal in consistency.
- Add in coconut oil & peanut butter. Pulse and occasionally scrape down sides until combined.
- Scoop out desired size, shape into balls and place the finished protein balls in the fridge for a few hours to set. If it's easier, you could use a cookie scoop.
*if your dates look too dry/hard, be sure to soak them in hot water for 10 minutes before using
And if you make these, be sure to tag me in the recipe. I love seeing how you guys put your own spin on things!
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