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White bowl with several dark chocolate protein balls with chocolate drizzle piled high.

Dark Chocolate Chunk No Bake Protein Balls

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10-15 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These no bake protein balls (chocolate and vanilla chocolate chunk!) are a healthy nut free lunchbox idea or post-workout snack, made with pea protein nutritional booster! Grain free, dairy free, vegan, and nut free recipe.


Units Scale
  • 10 dates
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup (55 g) chocolate or vanilla plant protein
  • 3 to 5 Tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips and/or dark chocolate chunks
  • Optional 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Extra melted dark chocolate to drizzle


  1. In a small bowl, soak the dates in purified water for 20 minutes. This helps to soften them before blending as they’re used as a binder in this recipe.
  2. Place soaked dates and sunflower seeds in a food processor. Blend until batter is mixed and combined about 2 minutes, scraping the sides between blending.
  3. Place the date and sunflower seed mixture into a larger bowl. Add the protein powder, 2-3 tablespoons coconut milk, vanilla and the chocolate chips. If making the chocolate chunk chocolate protein balls, add in the optional cocoa powder. 
  4. Mix well with hands. If the batter is too dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons milk. (See notes)
  5. Roll into golf ball size balls. Place on a baking sheet and freeze for 20 minutes.
  6. While balls are freezing, melt the extra dark chocolate on the stove or microwave.
  7. Remove the protein balls from the freezer and drizzle with melted dark chocolate. Place back in the freezer for another 10 minutes.
  8. Once the chocolate has set, place balls in a storage container or ziplock bag and store in the freezer or fridge until ready to eat.


Batter Tips – If the batter is not sticking together enough to roll into balls, stir in a few Tablespoons maple syrup or additional sunflower seed butter.

Storage Tips – Store balls in the freezer for up to 3 months

Nutrition Tips – 3 bites is equivalent to a protein bar with 9 to 12 grams of protein and 240 to 250 calories.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: snack
  • Method: mix
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 85
  • Sugar: 7
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 3 to 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: protein balls, energy bites, snacks, vegan, plant based, dairy free, nut free, chocolate