Raw Cacao Protein Balls

One of the original recipes that I created when I discovered how satisfying and enjoyable it is to cook and prep for yourself. Not that I do it everyday, or that you need to either.

This recipe is still the one I come back to, even all these years later and (humble brag), have never found a store-bought option, or other recipe to top it.

Yum, freaking, yum.
Raw Cacao Protein Balls | Nadia Felsch
I've done the hard work here testing, and sampling various protein ball combinations. It was really tough.... These are on high rotation in our house as they're simple to grab in the morning, can be frozen and they provide you with delicious energy too.

A few ingredients, a simple recipe, no cooking or baking and stores well.

These balls are among the most popular recipe on my website so clearly others agree with me!

Anything that can be made quickly and with such easy ingredients gets a big tick from me. It's convenient, yummy and loaded with energy to fuel you. Feel free to mix it up with the nuts - just keep the amounts the same. Remove the spices if you don't have them - they're not necessary for the recipe to work though they are yummy. And don't use the protein powder if you don't want to, don't have it. Protein powders are so overused and over-marketed when they are simply a nutritional supplement. Don't stress. And if you're vegan and want to use a protein powder - use a vegan option.


Raw Cacao Protein Balls
Prep time
Total time
yield: 25
  • 175g raw almonds
  • 175g raw walnuts
  • 15 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao
  • ½ tablespoon natural vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ¼-1/2 cup water
  • Raw cacao, desiccated coconut or whizzed nuts for rolling (optional)
  1. Place nuts, cacao, cinnamon and protein powder into the food processor
  2. Blend until the mixture looks crumbly
  3. Add in the dates, vanilla extract & chia seeds processing again until the mixture begins to come together
  4. You may need to scrape down the sides of the processor to ensure that all of the mixture is processed
  5. If you notice that the mixture is not soft enough to form a soft ball, add water slowly as needed and continue to process
  6. Once in soft ball form, roll into small balls
  7. Coat with optional topping
  8. These balls can be stored in the fridge or freezer for as long as 4 weeks (the freezer is the best!)


raw cacao protein balls | Nadia Felsch

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