This recipe comes from guest writer, Karlene Karst, a nutritionist and natural health expert and mom of three. Give her delicious energy balls a try! 

Looking for an energy boost? These chocolate protein energy balls are the perfect pick-me-up. They are a great grab and go snack to make sure you don’t crash midday. Full of protein and healthy fats, this is the kind of snack you can feel good about eating.

Chocolate Protein Energy Balls

Servings: 22

2 cups pitted Medjool dates
1 cup walnuts
½ cup sunflower seeds
¾ cup organic peanut butter
½ cup vanilla plant protein powder – I used Vegi-day Vanilla
3 tablespoon coconut nectar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt

2 tablespoons cacao powder – to roll in the balls


  1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients, except the cacao powder, until dough forms. The dough should be very sticky and be held together when pinched between two fingers.
  2. Using your hand, roll the dough into 1-tablespoon balls and repeat until the entire mixture is rolled into balls. Then roll each ball into cacao powder until it’s slightly covered.
  3. Place on a lined baking sheet or plate and chill in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours or overnight.
  4. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to a month.

About the Author: Karlene Karst, BSc.(Nutrition) is a nutritionist and natural health expert, mom of 3, author, speaker, and avid home cook. She loves creating healthy and nourishing recipes to make every bite count. Look for Karlene’s new cookbook, This Kitchen is for Dancing, Real Food- Pure Flavor, coming Spring 2019.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *