Chocolate protein energy balls

By Karlene Karst
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Getting enough protein on a plant-based diet isn't as hard as many people think. Registered Dietitian Karlene Karst has the perfect recipes for energy balls while also eating a tasty and healthy snack.



  • 2 cups pitted medjool dates
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¾ cup organic peanut butter
  • ½ cup vanilla protein powder – Vegi Day
  • 3 tablespoon coconut nectar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder – to roll in the balls


  1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients until dough forms. The dough should be very sticky and be held together when pinched between two fingers.
  2. Using your hand, roll the dough into one tablespoon balls and repeat until the entire mixture is rolled into balls. Then roll each ball into cacao powder until it’s slightly covered.
  3. Place on a lined baking sheet or plate and chill in the refrigerator for up to two hours or overnight.
  4. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks or freezefor up to a month.


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