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Oats, peanut butter, honey, flaxseeds and coconut are rolled into balls creating high-protein energy bites for a filling snack.

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IngredientsMakes: 30 balls

  • 160g oats
  • 260g peanut butter
  • 160ml honey
  • 85g dark chocolate chips
  • 80g milled flaxseed
  • 90g chocolate-flavoured protein powder
  • 45g unsweetened grated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coconut or vanilla extract
  • 60g chopped coffee beans
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, or more as needed

MethodPrep:15min ›Ready in:15min

  1. Mix oats, peanut butter, honey, dark chocolate chips, flaxseed, protein powder, coconut, chia seeds and coconut extract together in a large bowl; fold in coffee beans. Form mixture into bite-size balls.
  2. Place cocoa powder in a small bowl. Roll each ball in the cocoa powder until coated.

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Reviews & ratingsAverage global rating:(9)

Reviews in English (6)

by zoethebully

These were great but I did not use the powder milk, or flax, or chia. I tried dipping them in ground coffee but it tasted a little too gritty. The coco flakes and the choc chips, pb (natural creamy unrefrigerated), oats, and honey were a go!-07 Jan 2019

18 No-Bake High-Protein Energy Bites for Easy Fueling

It can be easy to overeat when training for a race: Once you finish with that afternoon run it&rsquos tempting to reach for a bag of cookies or chips, but take a pause. Instead, it may just be perfect moment to indulge in an energy bite&mdasha no-bake ball of oats and flavor that is protein-packed yet still sweet enough to satisfy that craving.

If you haven&rsquot hopped on this trend, energy balls are small, ping pong ball-sized snacks that pack a seriously big punch when you need it most. Depending on what flavor profile you&rsquore aiming for, you can mix and match tons of healthy ingredients to create your own varieties. And the best part? They can be frozen and enjoyed for up to seven days, so a Sunday batch can last you throughout the week.

&ldquoEnergy bites can be a really tasty, high protein snack, and perfect to break up your afternoon and keep you going until dinner time,&rdquo says Alissa Rumsey, a NYC-based registered dietitian. &ldquoI also love to eat them for breakfast, and dip them in plain Greek yogurt for some extra protein and fat. They can be chock-full of nutrient-rich foods such as nuts or nut butter, dates, cacao nibs, oats, chia, flax and more. You get protein, healthy fat, fiber and whole grains&mdashall in a portable bite-size snack.&rdquo

But as with all great things, they should be enjoyed in moderation. Just a couple bites should do.

When making them &ldquowatch the added sugar and avoid using refined sugar and no more than ⅛- to ¼-cup of natural sugars like honey,&rdquo Rumsey advises. &ldquoStick to just two bites per serving, as the calories from the ingredients can quickly add up.&rdquo

Pack a couple in your bag at the beginning of the day, and pop them for a mid-meal snack or for something to nosh on after your lunch run. Seem easy enough? They sure are. Now check out these 18 no-bake energy ball recipes that&rsquoll help transform your day, one bite at a time.

In this recipe from Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, certified holistic nutritionist and vegan lifestyle coach Deb Gleason writes, &ldquoThis recipe woke me up at the creative ambrosia hour of 4 a.m., pleading with me to get out of bed and write it down. This nocturnal burst of inspiration led me to create a healthy snack with a taste comparable to the turtle chocolates I grew up with. These delicious little bites never last long, so be sure to make a double batch.&rdquo

  • ¾ cup pecans
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 20 large soft Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½cup hemp seeds
  • ½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place the pecans on 1 baking sheet and toast them in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until you begin to smell them (be careful not to allow them to burn). Remove from the oven and place in a bowl to cool.

Place the coconut on the second baking sheet and toast in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on it. When the color starts to change and you can smell sweet, toasted coconut, it&rsquos ready to be removed from the oven.

Place the toasted pecans in a blender or food processor. Blend or process until they are ground into small pieces. Place ½ cup of the ground pecans in a large bowl and ¼ cup in a small bowl.

In a blender or food processor, combine the dates, vanilla, and salt. Blend or process until you have date paste (smooth and creamy looking). You may need to stop the blender a few times during this process to stir the ingredients. Remove the date paste, spooning it into the large bowl with the pecans. Also add the hemp seeds and toasted coconut and mix everything together with your hands until well combined.

Roll a small amount of the mixture into a small ball in your hands. Then roll the ball in the small bowl of pecans to coat. Continue until you have a plate full of bliss bites.

Warm the chocolate chips in a small saucepan over low heat until just melted, stirring often to avoid burning the chocolate. Dip the bliss bites into the melted chocolate, covering half of each one with chocolate. Place them on a plate lined with parchment paper. Cool in the refrigerator and enjoy.

These can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for several months. Makes 15 to 20 bites.

40 Protein Ball Recipes Guaranteed To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Protein balls had a major moment a few years ago&mdashand keto has totally brought 'em back.

&ldquoProtein balls are super fun and have become so popular because they are easy to make, easy to take on-the-go, and can be customized to a ton of different flavors and preferences depending on what you like, including pumpkin, cookie dough, and every flavor in between,&rdquo says nutritionist Maggie Michcalczyk, RD. (Helpful tip: Most recipes require just a food processor, if any kitchen gadgets at all.)

Though these bite-sized eats feel like a treat, they can be seriously nutritious, too. Pop one for something sweet after dinner or grab two or three before a workout, she suggests.

Your goal: Stick to recipes that provide some protein and fiber. &ldquoThis combination will help to make your balls a more substantial snack,&rdquo Michalczyk says.

Many recipes get their protein from protein powder or collagen powder, or plant-based sources like nuts, seeds, chia, or hemp seeds. In addition to adding nutrition, the plant-based add-ins also give protein balls a really nice texture, says Michalczyk.

&ldquoIn terms of sweeteners, stick to natural sweeteners like honey or dates," she says. "These definitely help to give protein balls a touch of natural sweetness without going overboard,&rdquo she says.

Since many packaged varieties are loaded with added sweeteners, you're best off whipping up your own&mdashand with these 40 protein ball recipes, you'll literally never get bored of DIYing.

5 Minute Protein Energy Bites

No bake protein balls at its best! These 5 Minute High Protein Raw Energy Bites are vegan with no refined sugar and no baking required. A delicious protein bars alternative that tastes like a cookie recipe!

Happy November! How was your Halloween weekend? Hopefully filled with lots of fun, dressing up and sugary sweets (hopefully spooky healthy snacks made of fruit… but probably not)! As I write this, my boys and I are watching the It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown… just to extend the celebrations a bit longer. Our whole weekend has been a blast, starting out on Friday night meeting up with friends at the Bacara Resort and Spa for a Boocara Dancy Party. It is a spooktacular time of year event they put on for the whole family with a DJ for endless dancing and dance games, a candy station for kids, and a freakishly fun costume contest. Halloween night our little family dressed up as a jellyfish, golfer, peter pan and shark to party with friends in the San Roque area of Santa Barbara. If you do not know about San Roque for Halloween, it is thee place to trick or treat! Houses go all out with decorations and statues of witches and skeletons, dancing and bands. It is tons of fun to experience but this year after our party, we decided to be mellow and head home to take the boys to a few houses in our neighborhood before heading to bed.

This morning we decided to sleep in and hang low (plus I have been fighting a horrible poison oak rash that keeps me up all night!). As we were “hanging low” I pulled a total momfail moment this morning! Chase was first to wake so I set him up in the family room with a cartoon while I headed back to bed. Total mom fail… because you do not set your kids up in the other room with ALL THE HALLOWEEN CANDY! Yep, I forgot about that so about 30 minutes later I woke up to a chocolate faced 4 year old telling me about all the candy he just ate, ha! So that was our adventurous Halloween weekend. And now to steer our bodies away from all those yucky processed sugars (plus finally share this recipe) and retrain our brain to eat healthy snacks like these 5 Minute High Protein Raw Energy Bites.

This is an incredibly healthy snack to make if you are looking for recipes for energy or raw protein bars for building muscle mass after a workout. I made these the other day, similar to my No Bake Protein Balls, only this version has coconut flakes, whey protein powder and coconut flour for added protein and iron (coconut flour is high in iron). If you prefer a vegan protein I recommend Protein which can be ordered from Amazon here…

If you visit my blog frequently, you will notice I make lots of variations of healthy granola snacks, bars and bites. It is because I am obsessed with making quick non processed snacks for my kids that satisfy a sweet tooth for breakfast, snack or dessert and give them the proper nutrients they need. This version of no bake protein balls has coconut flakes and flour. Coconut is high in good saturated fats that are essential for brain development in children and coconut flour is high in iron- two very important ingredients to add to a child's diet or if feeling low in energy.

Feel free to roll into hemp seeds for even more iron and protein. I love to make these with kids since it is fun for them to roll them and then dip in hemp seeds before eating!

Chocolate Coconut High Protein Energy Bites

This recipe started as a fail and ended up as a favorite. You will love these high protein chocolate energy bites. No refined sugar, paleo and just oh so good!

  • Author: Karla
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 12 1 x
  • Category: Paleo Desserts


1 – 2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup shredded (unsweetened) coconut

1/2 cup chocolate chips (vegan or Paleo brands depending on your eating style)


Process the dates, cashews, almonds and egg white powder in a food processor. Add water one tablespoon at a time to make processing easier. Towards the end of the process time add the chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon of salt to the mixture.

With wet hands (the dough is kind of sticky), roll into small balls (small cookie scoop size or about 1 tablespoon). Roll in shredded coconut.

Protein Bites with Chocolate, Black Bean and Coconut

Need a post-workout pick-me-up? These tasty, high-protein energy bites are deliciously flavored with coconut, nut butter, and beans. These high-protein energy bites are as irresistible as they are healthy and convenient. And they’re kid-friendly too!

To download a Spanish translation of this recipe click here.


  • 1 cup almonds, blanched, toasted
  • 8 ounces black beans, canned, drained, rinsed
  • ½ cup dates, pitted
  • ¾ cup almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds, yellow, ground
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips, mini
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ cup coconut, shredded, toasted, split

Number of Servings : 30

Need a post-workout pick-me-up? These tasty, high-protein energy bites are deliciously flavored with coconut, nut butter, and beans. These high-protein energy bites are as irresistible as they are healthy and convenient. And they’re kid-friendly too!

Why is Protein Important?

Just to recap a bit, why is protein so important? Generally, your protein requirements are based on your age, gender, type of surgery, and activity level. Recommended protein intake is between 60-120 grams per day after surgery, according to the ASMBS guidelines.

Protein not is not only critical for healing, it will also help you lose and maintain your body weight. Protein is a highly satiating macronutrient, meaning it can make it easier to manage your calorie intake long-term. Many patients struggle with getting enough protein, which can lead to muscle loss, nutrient deficiency, and low energy.

Superfood High Protein Cacao Bites

A slightly crunchy nutrient dense bite sized treat with hints of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla make them the perfect healthy and addicted snack!
I have a variety of bite sized ball recipes on my blog and I usually just make them for taste, throwing whatever is in reach that I love into the food processor praying to the bliss ball God that they turn out OK. These, on the other hand have a purpose. Don’t get me wrong, I love adding copious amounts of nut butter and coconut butter to my bites but this time I wanted every ingredient that I added into the food processor to have a nutritional benefit and serve a purpose for my body and mood.

Maca powder, besides cacao powder and turmeric, is one of the top three things I cannot live without in terms of superfoods. I’ve noticed that the more I have incorporated it into my diet on a daily basis, a few times a day, especially during the time of the month, I am pretty symptom free- no cramps or body pain, and I have more energy overall. Just by adding a few teaspoons here and there into my smoothies, oats, chia puddings, every single morning seems to have really helped in balancing out my hormones. Here is what I love about it, besides the taste:

Increases energy and stamina
Can help balance your mood (anxiety, depression, mood swings, stress)
Help relieve menstrual pain (cramps, body pain)
Balance hormones

Let’s talk cacao powder. It is such a win win situation, where you can have this deep rich chocolate taste/fix with no sugar AND so many health benefits. I love Philosophie Cacao Magic, because it doubles as my protein blend. It has 10 grams of protein and no added sugar and is filled with hemp protein, chia seeds, maca powder, vanilla, cacao nibs etc. The ingredients are clean, makes me feel good from the inside out and gives me such a burst of energy. Cacao powder is said to boost your mood, also high in antioxidants, iron and magnesium, the fiber in cacao helps aid in digestion. Raw cacao powder is my go to usually after a tough workout or when I am feeling in a bit of a funk, the kind where you just can’t snap out it, not matter what. I usually add a few tbsp. into my smoothies and it gives me that natural burst of energy that I am looking for.

Collagen powder is something new that I have been incorporating into my routine for the last 6 months and I have noticed a huge difference not only in my digestion, my skin, but in how strong and healthy my hair has become. I swear it grows inches overnight. As someone who suffers from SIBO and leaky gut, I truly believe that the collagen peptides I have been using on a daily basis has helped heal my stomach and brought relief to many of my digestive systems. It also contains a good amount of protein in each scoop.

I’ll bore you with one more! I normally add chia seeds, but have recently started to use ground flaxseeds because I have noticed that my body has an easier time digesting them. Flax is very high in both soluble and insoluble fiber which help improve digestive health and help gut inflammation ….so in other words help get things moving and keep your bloating down!

So, all of these thoughts went through my head as I tried to think of a nutrient dense snack and of course I wanted it to taste super satisfying. I didn’t add in any extra sugar, because there isn’t any need to. These are rich in chocolate and the maca gives them a hint of caramel. I tend to stay away from adding extra sugar into my snacks such as dates, honey, or maple syrup because I prefer to “sweeten” them up with things like cinnamon, vanilla, and almond milk!

Further Food Commentary:

Nuts and seeds in general provide healthy monounsaturated fats and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats, as well as essential minerals, filling fiber and protein, plus antioxidant plant sterols. Maca powder, with its faint flavor of caramel and malt, is a rich source of vitamin C, copper, iron and several of the B vitamins. Add to all of this that cacao (raw cocoa) has an antioxidant content believed to be 10 times higher than that of blueberries, and you have one majorly nutrient-dense, delicious bite.

Answers to common questions about oats & protein energy bites:

How long can I keep protein energy bites before they are no longer good?

Are protein energy bites good for you?

  • Protein energy bites boost your metabolism and help to burn fat. The healthy fats from the no-bake protein energy bites help to fill your stomach.

Can you eat raw oats?

  • You can eat raw oats, but you need to soak them in liquid/water for a least 30 minutes to release the phytic acid and make it digestible. For more information on the different types of oats, check out our Chocolate Oatmeal recipe.

What phytic acid?

  • Phytic acid weakens the absorption of iron, zinc and calcium. It may contribute to mineral deficiencies over time, but this is rarely am issue for people who have well-balanced diets. Methods for reducing phytic acid in foods include soaking, sprouting and fermentation. View this article for more information about phytic acid.

No Bake White Chocolate Protein Bites

Quick and easy white chocolate protein bites with roughly 10 grams of protein and only 119 calories per bite.


  • 4 pieces (56g) White Chocolate, I used baking chocolate
  • 1/4 C (60mL) Almond Milk or Low-Cal Liquid, divided
  • 3 scoops (96g) Protein Powder, vanilla
  • 1 packet (1 oz) Sugar Free Fat Free White Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • 1 Tbsp (7g) Coconut Flour*
  • 2 Tbsp (42g) Honey


  1. Line a small plate or dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Add the chocolate and 2 Tbsp (30mL) milk or your choice of liquid to a small bowl. Microwave for 30-45 seconds or until the chocolate is melted. Stir every 10-15 seconds.
  3. Mix the coconut flour, pudding mix, and protein powder before stirring in the chocolate mixture. Gradually add the honey and remaining milk until you have a thick mixture that can be formed into balls. (Different protein powders may need different levels of hydration. If your mixture is too dry, add 1 Tbsp of liquid slowly as needed.)
  4. Once you have the right consistency, form the mixture into balls using your hands and roll between your palms to smooth. (If you have trouble forming balls, you can place the mixture in the freezer for a few minutes. Since the coconut flour is cold activated, things will really expand/thicken. You can spray your hands with cooking spray to prevent sticking as well.)
  5. Add 8 golf ball-sized balls to the parchment paper and place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Store leftover balls in the freezer and thaw for 5-10 minutes before eating. (Optional: add a bit of protein powder and stevia/sweetener to a plate and roll finished protein balls in powder before freezing.)


*Like I mention in my protein cookie dough recipe, baking raw flour at 350F for a few minutes to kill any potential bacteria is recommended before consuming.

  • each protein bite has 4 Smart Points
  • Entire recipe (makes 8 protein bites): 952 Calories | 77P | 107C | 24F --- Per protein bite: 119 Calories | 9.6P | 13.4C | 3F
Nutrition Information:

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