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A bowl of chocolate nut-free protein balls.

Nut Free Protein Balls Recipe

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 balls 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Make these nut free protein balls with 6 simple ingredients for a healthy, high-protein recipe perfect for breakfasts, snacks, and desserts!


Units Scale
  • 10 (70 grams) pitted dates, soaked in water
  • 1/2 cup creamy sunflower seed butter *See notes
  • 1/3 cup (55 grams) chocolate or vanilla plant protein
  • Optional 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder for richer flavor + extra for coating
  • 2 to 4 Tablespoons coconut milk, or as needed
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or vegan chocolate chips + more for optional chocolate drizzle


  1. In a small bowl, soak the dates in purified water for 20 minutes. This helps to soften them before blending to use as a binder.


Batter Tips – *If using a thicker seed butter the batter can be too dry, a loose/drippy seed butter works best.  If the batter is too dry to roll into balls, adjust with 1 to 2 Tablespoons milk. If the batter is too wet to roll into balls, add 1 to 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder or protein powder. 

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

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 protein ball
  • Calories: 127
  • Sugar: 6.9 g
  • Sodium: 33.8 mg
  • Fat: 8.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.2 g
  • Fiber: 2.3 g
  • Protein: 5.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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