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

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!

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 oils which is a no-go in our real food household.

That’s where these protein power balls come in! With 3 grams of plant-based protein and 7 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)

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