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Protein Power Balls

Protein Power Balls

Our girls are busy with hockey and out at games for hours. I created this treat for them, for a boost of energy and protein after their workouts.
Course Snack


  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour see note
  • 1/3 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • cups pitted dates
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons chocolate vegan protein powder optional, see note
  • 1/4 tsp (scant) sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon orange extract ... or, if nuts aren't a concern, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla with 1/4 teaspoon almond extract


  • In a food processor, process the pumpkin seeds, coconut flour, hemp seeds, and sunflower seeds until fine and crumbly. Add the dates and process through until they are worked into the mixture and are crumbly. Add the cocoa powder, protein powder (if using), sea salt, and vanilla extract and process again for a minute or two. It will appear as if nothing is happening for a few minutes! The mixture will just be whirring around in crumbs, but soon it will start to become sticky and form a ball on the blade. Stop the machine and remove the dough. Take 1–1½ -tablespoon scoops of the dough and roll in your hand. Repeat until you have rolled all of the dough. Serve, or store in an airtight container to refrigerate.


  • Coconut Flour: If you don’t have coconut flour, you can substitute 3/4 cup rolled oats.
  • Protein Powder: Protein powders usually have some stevia or other sweetener, so add the powder to taste, depending on the brand. Start with 2 tablespoons, and stop to taste the mixture before it is in a sticky ball. If you’d like to add more, try another 1/2–1 tablespoon. If you have another favorite chocolate protein powder you would like to add—go for it. If you don’t want to use any protein powder, omit it, and make these simple changes: increase the cocoa powder to 1/4 cup total, add another 2 tablespoons of hemp or sunflower seeds, and another 2–4 dates, to taste.
  • Idea: You can leave these balls uncoated, or roll in a dusting of coconut sugar, cocoa powder, ground pumpkin seeds, or a combo!