Recipe ReDux: Chocolate Protein Bites

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February’s Recipe Redux theme is everyone’s favorite, chocolate! I love chocolate, especially dark chocolate. One of my favorite treats is a glass of red wine and dark chocolate.

In coming up with this months recipe,  I wanted to redo the classic truffle. Since my day job is a sports dietitian for the University of the Pacific, I created these with a post-workout snack in mind. Chocolate, protein powder, dates, and nuts come together to make this delicious, gluten-free treat.

With just the right balance of carbohydrates and protein, a few of these balls make the perfect recovery snack.

Chocolate Protein Bites


1 orange, juiced, 1/4 cup orange juice and 1/4 water, or 1/2 cup water. (If you don’t like chocolate-orange flavor, use water)
2 cups pitted dates
3/4 cup protein powder, chocolate or vanilla flavor
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 tbsp. flax seed meal
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tbsp. maple syrup

1 cup crushed walnuts

In a food processor, chop the dates. Add the water or the orange juice and pulse a few times to combine. Add the cocoa powder, peanut butter and blend together. Slowly add the flax seed and protein powder until just combined. Add the syrup and pulse a few more times.

Remove the mixture and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Roll into a small ball and then roll in the crushed walnuts. Freeze until ready to eat.

Enjoy the rest of the Recipe ReDuxer’s chocolate treats!

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  • Regan @ The Professional Palate

    I really need to get on the protein ball bandwagon. I’ve seen tons of them pop up on Healthy Aperture. They look tasty + easy = my kinda recipe ;-)

  • Elizabeth Jarrard

    yum! i’ve never thought to add protein powder to my “larabar esque” bites!

  • Cheri

    I am going to enter these in my WW account to see the calories. They sound so good!

  • Grain Crazy

    We love making these little protein balls! I like that you call them truffles, though, and roll them in walnuts. That makes them sound even more like a treat!

  • JeJe

    Wow! This would make a great work-out snack!!!

  • ea-the spicy rd

    Love this idea! Like Regan, I have been wanting to get on the Protein Ball bandwagon ball too. This looks like a delicious place to start!

  • gretchen

    i’m totally new to the “protein ball” idea… looks super yummy though, and i love your flavors and the fact that they’re gluten-free. what a guilt-free breakfast on the run!

  • Nicole @WholeHealthRD

    I’ll have to pick your brain about protein powder. People ask me about it all the time, and I never know what brand to recommend or if they even need it! These look great for breakfast!

  • Emily

    These look excellent. I have been looking for a good chocolate protein ball recipe. I cant wait to try these out. And i also love chocolate orange flavour…

  • Meal Makeover Mom Janice

    I think I have all these ingredients on hand so will try these – I hope my daughter likes them, Would be a great snack!

  • DK

    Yay! Glad you like them. Nicole, you can really use any protein powder you like in these. I used hemp protein because I had it on hand. Most people prefer whey protein after a workout because it’s faster absorbed.

  • Marie Spano

    What a brilliant concept. I’ve seen the store made ones but I will have to make my own. Very creative recipe!

  • Tiffany

    Yum. I am going to make mine with Vanilla Pea Protein Powder!

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