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. chocolate chip cookie dough protein balls .

Perfect as a pre-workout snack, these little balls will give you the energy you need to kick some serious butt during your next sweat session. Or, enjoy them anytime you need to satisfy a sweet-tooth.

Ingredients (makes 4 balls)

  • ¼ cup raw, unsalted almonds
  • 3 large dates
  • 2 Tbsp. rolled oats
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 Tbsp. mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Throw almonds into a food processor/blender (I use the Magic Bullet short cup) and process until you reach the consistency of a medium-grain meal.
  2. Add dates, and process until fully combined. This may take some patience and fiddling.
  3. Add oats and protein powder, and process until fully combined.
  4. Transfer dough to a small bowl, and add in chocolate chips. It will be a little crumbly at first, but work it with your hands until everything sticks together.
  5. Divide into 4 equal portions and shape into balls.
  6. Store any unused balls in a tightly closed container in the fridge.

You can visit this post for more detailed instructions.

Happy Eating!

77 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2011 2:37 pm

    Yum! All I need is dates! What do dates taste like, by the way? I keep wanting to try them but they’re pretty expensive for not knowing what to expect 😮

  2. May 19, 2011 7:07 pm

    these look so cute 😀

  3. May 19, 2011 7:22 pm

    oh mygosh that looks so good! :)))

  4. Jacqui permalink
    May 20, 2011 12:19 pm

    Hi there-

    A fellow Albertan:) I think you and I are from the exact same place….hmm:)

    I made these and they are amazing-I have tried several of the ball recipes from around the blogs and this one is my favorite-I also find that they actually make a (albeit small-lol) dent in my hunger as compared to others I’ve tried-maybe the protein powder. Anyway-thansk for this one. Thank you also for showing a healthy woman who is a healthy weight that actually eats!! I am SO SICK of the mentality that 1500 cals is normal!!! AAARGHHH!!!

    Have a great May long week-end!

  5. bokenbaker permalink
    May 20, 2011 2:56 pm

    Made these this morning, ahhh-mazing! Added coconut flakes and a tablespoon of milk to keep them together better. You were right – i probably won’t need to freeze them because they’ll be gone by tomorrow! Thanks 🙂

  6. The Teenage Taste permalink
    June 3, 2011 7:46 pm

    These look amazing! I just bought a huge tub of protein powder so these are perfect for me!

    • The Teenage Taste permalink
      July 8, 2011 1:13 pm

      I just made my second batch of these. They taste EXACTLY like raw cookie dough. 🙂

  7. ilovefetacheese permalink
    June 11, 2011 8:19 pm

    these look awesome, i need to try them!

  8. July 16, 2011 11:19 am

    Just made these!!! Mine didn’t stick together so well…probably used too many dates. I used four sun dates, thinking that you were using HUGE modjul dates. Oh well..now I have a nice protein sticky paste in my fridge for random spoonfuls. Probably would make a great pre-workout am snack before rushing out the door!

  9. Kailey permalink
    July 18, 2011 6:36 pm

    I made these with cookies N cream protein powder and white chocolate chips – simply EPIC! These are going to be a staple in my fridge 🙂

    genius amanda!

  10. kay permalink
    June 9, 2012 8:58 pm

    Hey guys
    I’ve been looking at a lot of these types of snacks. I really need something to kill my 3 o’clock sugar craving. Enter dates. My problem is I am allergic to nuts. All the reciepes use nuts as a staple. Any ideas of a substitute.

    Thanks

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