Snacking can be a huge let down for those of us wanting to make better food choices. It’s often the time of day when everything you’ve established so easily comes undone.

Whether it’s the morning, 3pm or for dessert, raw treats offer you a fantastic solution. Fast, simple, delicious and most importantly – easily prepared in advance to beat those cravings!

Think of these as anti-venom to less-than-ideal food choices.

Raw treats are always a better alternative, using gorgeous whole and real foods as opposed to flooding your body with processed and refined food that was created in a factory.

When we eat treats made from wholefoods, we set our bodies up to better regulate their own blood sugar levels and in turn, cease craving the not-so-good stuff. However they are treats all the same and should be enjoyed in moderation; you will find though that these satisfying morsels go further than you think…

Raw Cacao Protein Balls | Nadia FelschRaw treats are also a great way to add in extra nutrients to your diet, protein, good fats and complex carbohydrates are all there.

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 delicious slow-releasing energy for the afternoon ahead.

When developing these I was seeking a not-too-sweet option packed with protein and good fats.

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

This recipe has been adapted from The Healthy Chef who is a wonderful resource for all things clean!

These balls are gluten-free, dairy-free (if you use vegan protein), delicious and the most popular recipe on my website so clearly others agree with me!

Anything that can be made quickly and with such wonderful, natural ingredients gets a big tick from me and this recipe is on high rotation at our place.

Raw Cacao Protein Balls
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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 quality protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon black or white 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

Sweetness factor

If you have not yet had the pleasure of sampling Medjool dates, you simply must! In my opinion these are the only dates and of course the fresher, the better! These incredible little bites are all natural and incredibly sweet; in many recipes I use dates and no other sweetener is needed! You should not have any issue finding them however regular dates could be substituted, keeping in mind they have not been tested with the recipe so adjustments may be required.

Which protein?

Plant or animal based proteins, go with what you feel like. Should you choose whey – go with a clean and unprocessed whey protein isolate (WPI), the options are varied though this is the awesome product I use.

I’d love to hear how you go with these… and whether you find the self-control to not eat them all in a week! Tag me #nfeats on Instagram.

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