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Chocolate Crunch Protein Ball Snacks (Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free)

I like to use whey protein powder. Mostly for days when I'm not getting enough protein, or when I'm running out the door and need something quick to curb my hunger so I don't grab the first unhealthy snack I see...and sometimes just because it's super convenient. Then these protein ball snacks came to life.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate protein balls, gluten-free snack, sugar-free protein balls
Dietary Need: gluten-free, sugar-free
Author: Paula Miller, CHS, Metabolic Nutrition Consultant
  • 3/4 cup nut butter or you can make your own
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat groats or gluten-free rolled oats
  • 3 scoops 45 g whey protein powder (you can also use a goat-whey or plant-based protein powder)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons stevia powder this is measured with my favorite brand, but your brand may vary in sweetness so adjust as needed
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seed
  • 3 Tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1-2 Teaspoons coconut oil as needed to create desired consistency
  • optional: unsweetened coconut flakes or chopped almonds for rolling
  1. Directions:
  2. This is super simple. Throw everything but the coconut oil and optional coating ingredients in a food processor. Process about 1 minute or until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Add coconut oil, one Tablespoon at a time, to reach the desired consistency. I like mine just thick enough to scoop out and form a soft ball.
  4. Refrigerate for about 30 min.
  5. With a small cookie scoop, scoop out the dough and roll lightly in either unsweetened coconut flakes, chopped almonds, or leave plain.
  6. Refrigerate for about 1 hour. You can store these in the refrigerator freezer.