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A row of chocolate pistachio protein bites coated in crushed pistachios lined up on baking sheet.

No Bake Chocolate Pistachio Protein Ball Recipe

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 15 -17 balls 1x


This protein ball recipe makes paleo and vegan friendly dark chocolate energy bites with pistachios. They’re a crunchy, lightly sweet, delicious NO BAKE snack!


Units Scale
  • 1 cup pistachios, shell removed
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate (finely chopped or finely ground in a food processor) – see notes for keto
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons (2025 grams) coconut flour, protein powder, or oat flour
  • 1/4 cup (heaping) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup almond butter or tahini (smooth, no stir variety)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey (start with 1/4 cup and adjust as needed) – see notes for keto
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional – extra ground pistachio or cocoa powder to coat bites


  1. Blend pistachios in a food processor or chop finely with a chef’s knife. Transfer into a large bowl and whisk in all the remaining dry ingredients. Add the syrup and vanilla extract and and any other add ins.
  2. Mix well (I use my hands) then roll into bite size balls.
  3. If the batter is too dry add more almond butter and/or syrup. If it’s too wet, add more protein powder, oat flour, or coconut flour.
  4. Freeze balls on a cookie sheet and once frozen, coat bites in extra cocoa or ground pistachios, if desired.
  5. Makes about 15-17 bites. Freeze or keep in refrigerator to maintain freshness.


Keto Substitutions

  • shredded unsweetened coconut maybe be used in place of dark chocolate for keto option.
  • Xylitol syrup to replace maple syrup. NOTE: the texture and consistency will vary.
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: n/a
  • Category: snacks
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 85
  • Sugar: 1.4 g
  • Sodium: 12 mg
  • Fat: 6.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.1 g
  • Fiber: 2.1 g
  • Protein: 3.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.1 mg

Keywords: protein ball recipe, energy bites, keto, no bake, vegan, paleo