Crunchy Raw Protein Balls

This easy Crunchy Raw Protein Ball recipe has to be in my top 3 favorite snacks because it is simple to make and has so much nutrition packed into each tiny little chocolate ball.

I’m especially excited to share these with you because these were one of the very first recipes I created when I first started eating raw foods to help with my sweet cravings.

They were a lifesaver for me because the protein and coconut oil in them help to curb my appetite and keep me satisfied throughout the day.

There are so many different possibilities with these little gems.

They are great to just leave plain if you are just going to snack on them during the day.

You could also dress them up for the holidays or a special occasion just by rolling them in a variety of different toppings – sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, carob powder, cacao nibs, chia seeds, coconut flakes, and on and on.

Some of the toppings I used above were sesame seeds, chia seeds, maca powder, coconut flakes, raw cacao powder and crushed walnuts…yum!

Be creative!  But most of all, enjoy them…they are good for you and are a gluten-free and guilt-free treat!

Want more healthy, clean eating ball and truffle recipes?  Check out Pistachio and Matcha Truffles, Cacao Nib Superfood Truffles or my Clean Eating eCookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating truffles and balls recipes you will love!




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5 Fast Facts About Chia Seeds:*

  • excellent source of healthy omega fatty acids – 700% more than salmon
  • contains 500% more calcium than milk
  • more antioxidants than flaxseeds or blueberries
  • excellent source of dietary fiber with 6 g
  • contains 20% of easily digestible protein

5 Fast Facts About Cacao Nibs:*

  • an excellent source of antioxidants
  • contains one of the highest dietary sources of magnesium
  • one ounce has an amazing 9 grams of fiber
  • one ounce contains 4 grams of protein
  • one ounce contains 6% of daily value of iron

5 Fast Facts About Sesame Seeds:*

  • high in calcium at 35% daily value
  • excellent antioxidant
  • daily value of 44% manganese and 31% magnesium
  • daily value of 73% copper and 29% iron
  • helps to reduce inflammation and lower cholesterol

5 Fast Facts About Raw Protein Powder (Garden of Life brand):*

  • 17 grams of raw protein
  • 21 grams of an organic raw sprout blend
  • 270 mg of raw probiotic and enzyme blend
  • 1 mg of mixed tocopherols
  • 3 grams of fiber

5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao:*

  • contains over 300 compounds including calcium, protein, magnesium, copper, zinc and iron
  • super high concentration of antioxidants
  • contains 4 different neurotransmitters that promotes a positive outlook and acts as an anti-depressant
  • contains essential fatty acids which help to decrease appetite
  • can help to decrease blood pressure

5 Fast Facts About Almond Flour:*

  • helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
  • a natural energy booster
  • loaded with protein, calcium and fiber
  • high in antioxidants
  • can help to reduce the risk of heart disease

5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:*

  • super high in lauric acid
  • rich in antioxidants
  • contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
  • helps to improve metabolism
  • improves cholesterol levels


*These statements have not been evaluated by Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

















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Tip #1:  When using the Garden of Life “Raw Protein”, I’m using the scoop that comes inside the container.  One scoop is considered to be “one serving” and is equal to 4 regular tablespoons. If you use a different brand of protein powder,  just use a “one serving” amount since it may not necessarily be 4 regular tablespoons like the Garden of Life brand.

Tip #2:  You can use your favorite liquid sweetener and make this recipe either 100% raw by using raw organic honey or keep them vegan by using maple syrup, coconut nectar, etc.  This is what ‘holds” everything together. Just start with about 2 tablespoons of sweetener and stir everything together until it gets to a paste-like consistency that will hold a ball shape.  I don’t like too much sweetness in mine so I only use enough to hold them together, not for the “sweetness”.

Tip #3:  You can use the nut butter of your choice in this recipe.  I have used almond butter and even peanut butter and both were good.

Tip #4:   This recipe makes approximately 20 small balls or 10 larger sized balls, depending on how big you make them.


Crunchy Raw Protein Balls (Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, No-Bake, No Refined Sugar) The Healthy Family and Home


  • 1 cup organic almond flour
  • 1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Protein (or raw protein powder of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup organic sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup organic chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup organic raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup organic nut butter
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil (liquid/melted)
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons organic maple syrup


Step 1 Combine all ingredients into a food processor and process until well combined and in a crumbly, paste-type consistency.

Scoop small spoonfuls and squeeze tightly in the palm of your hands then roll between the palms of your hands into a small ball shape.

Serve plain, or roll in sesame seeds, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds or chia seeds.

Refrigerate and they will become firmer.



This recipe will make approximately (20) small balls or (10) large balls.



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  1. zosia says

    Because we all use different types of protein powder, “scoop” doesn’t help. How many grams would a scoop of your protein powder be?


    • Karielyn says

      Hi! Excellent question…and you are correct, every powder supplement I use has a different size scoop! In this recipe, I’m using the scoop that comes inside the container of Raw Protein. One “scoop” of the Garden of Life Raw Protein is considered “one serving” and is approximately 4 tablespoons. I measured it out in regular tablespoons to make sure. That’s how much I use when I make the Crunchy Raw Protein Balls and use the Garden of Life Raw Protein powder. If you use another brand of protein powder, I would just use the equivalent of “one serving” amount. Thanks and I’ll make that clarification on the recipe :)

    • Karielyn says

      Hi Melita! This recipe makes approximately 16 small sized balls.

      I’m sorry…I don’t know how many calories are in each ball and here’s why. When I ate the SAD (standard american diet), I ~always~ counted calories of every crumb that went into my mouth. And to no avail – I could never lose weight. It wasn’t until I started juicing and eating raw foods then eliminating grains and processed foods that I finally started losing weight.

      During a short period (40 days) when I ate 100% raw, I ate ~whatever~ I wanted, whenever I wanted and lost 13 pounds. Once my body started getting nutrient-dense, live foods with high-quality fats the weight just started falling off. For me and my body, when I eat the right foods, calories just don’t matter.

      That being said, I wouldn’t eat all 16 balls at one time! (lol) I usually make a batch and grab one in the morning, another in the afternoon and maybe another in the evening. Because they are high in protein, they keep me full and satisfied longer and I don’t have cravings like I used to. That’s why I love these so much! Thanks for visiting :)

  2. says

    Use dates! I buy Organic Date Paste in bulk specifically for making balls like this with raw organic coconut flakes. Last week I make something just like this with also Cocoa powder and Hemp seeds + Cinnamon and also Carob. Tasty!! Thanks for the other flavor ideas, and alternative sweeteners in case I can’t secure Dates which usually make this a whole food treat for me.

    • Karielyn says

      Hi Rex! I’ve never bought date paste before but that is a great idea! Some cacao, hemp seeds and dates…oh yes, you are talking my language now! lol I would actually prefer to use dates as a sweetener, so I’m going to find me some date paste and try that out next time. Thanks for the tip :)

      • Maggie Smith says

        Hi Karielyn, I wanted to tell you that when I make these kind of ball recipes I always just use whole dates. It’s a cinch to slice it open and take out the pit, and then they just blend up into the rest of the ingredients in the food processor. No need to find pre-made date paste. I imagine it’s less expensive too just using the whole dates. Anyway, that’s my 2 cents into the ball conversation. Hope it’s helpful for you or someone! Be well.

        • Karielyn says

          Hi there Maggie! Thanks for that tip! This is one of my older recipes and I have actually started using dates in a lot of my ball recipes now.

          In fact, in my new cookbook (hopefully being finished soon) I have an entire section just for “balls” and several of them use dates as the sweetener/binder.

          Thank you so much for sharing that idea and I bet they would be good in this recipe too 😉

  3. Whitney says

    These look great. Do you know if I could substitute whey protein isolate for the protein powder? not sure if the consistency is the same and how that might impact the texture/consistency of the ball. Thanks!

    • Karielyn says

      Hi Whitney! I’m afraid I’m not familiar with the whey protein isolate but if it is in a powder form like the raw protein powder, it should do just fine since these are “raw” balls and not being cooked.

      I added the protein powder to give them extra nutrition because I like to squeeze in as much nutrition as I can into whatever I’m eating, but you could always leave out the protein powder (just increase the almond flour to compensate).

      Thanks for stopping by and I’d love to hear back from you if the whey protein isolate worked 😉

      • Whitney says

        OMG – These were awesome! I wasn’t sure what they’d taste like – but chocolate peanut butter awesomeness best describes it. I modified it with the Now Whey Protien Isolate and instead of straight Chia seeds I used the Spectrum Essentials Decadent Blend Chia & Flax Seed W/Coconut & Cocoa mix.

        I felt so sinfully awesome as I ate them – I had to calculate the nutritional info. Here it is:

        (If you want me to change the settings so its not public Karielyn, let me know – but I gave you all the credit.)

        • Karielyn says

          Hi Whitney! Yay! I’m so glad you liked them and I really appreciate you taking the time to post all the data on sparkpeople, that was awesome!

          I am a ~big~ fan of hemp seeds and can’t believe it never crossed my mind to roll them in hemp seeds…that’s a great idea and I will definitely do that next time I make them.

          I love trying to squeeze in as many nutrients as I can when I make something and the hemp seeds will do just that.

          Thanks so much for trying out the recipe and taking the time to leave feedback 😉

  4. Alisha says

    Do you have any suggestions for a different flour? My son is severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts and also coconut. Thanks!!

    • Karielyn says

      Hi Alisha! I haven’t tried this before, but maybe you could try oat flour or some sunflower seed powder.

      I hope one of the two work because these would be really nutritious snacks for your son, my two boys love them.

      Thanks for your question 😉

  5. JD says

    MMMM, these are delicious but you should try them with chlorella and/or spirulina! I think the next batch will have barley grass or wheat grass powder added. Oh yeah, try adding cinnamon, coconut flakes & hemp seeds also.

    • Karielyn says

      Hi JD! Thanks and good call on the chlorella and spirulina! Sometimes I’ll add other things like maca powder, a little hemp oil, hemp seeds and even probiotics.

      But I love the chlorella, spirulina and wheatgrass…talk about kick up the nutrition!

      And thanks so much for the tip on using sesame seed flour…I do get a lot of questions on substitutions so that helps a lot.

      Thanks again and I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe 😉

  6. JD says

    Also, didn’t use almond flour as the base, used sesame seeds instead. So, anyone allergic to peanuts & other tree nuts even coconut could just use sunflower or sesame seeds.

    • Karielyn says

      Hi Deborah! I found a recipe nutrition calculator online and based on this recipe making approximately 20 balls, it showed the amount of protein to be roughly 4.3 g per ball.

      Thanks so much for your question and I hope you enjoy them if you give them a try 😉

  7. Lana M says

    Hi, I would love to make these but not sure what I can use to replace raw protein. I dont usually buy this kind of powder. Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you so much.

    • Karielyn says

      Hi there Lana! I added the raw protein to give them extra nutrition, but you can make them without it if you don’t have any. You may need to adjust/add an extra 2-4 tablespoons or so of almond flour as a replacement.

      If you’d still like to add the protein powder, you don’t have to get a “raw” version, it’s just what I prefer. You can you any protein powder you like or have access to.

      This is a really easy and versatile recipe that I just kind of threw together but ended up falling in love with it. Feel free to use or add whatever you have on hand.

      Thanks for your question and I hope you enjoy them, they’re really good 😉

  8. Lana M says

    Thank you so much for your response. I made these and they were delicious! Yes, I used extra almond flour and they turned out great! thank you so much for such wonderful recipes.

    • Karielyn says

      Hi there Lana! Thanks for coming back and letting me know that the extra almond flour worked out…and that you enjoyed them too, I really appreciate it! 😉

    • Karielyn says

      Hi there Ruth! I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the recipe!

      Thanks so much for trying it out and for taking the time to let me know you liked them, I really appreciate it 😉

  9. Ruth says

    Hi Karielyn… amazing snacks …i did them again last week…for the third week in a row :) i have a question tho : Can i substitute the Almond flour with plain flour? (i have the plain non gluten at home). Or maybe i can substitute with any other flour?

    Thanks for sharing these lovely recipes.


    • Karielyn says

      Hi there Ruth! I’m so glad to hear that you like them!

      I’ve never made them with a plain flour, but I’m thinking it might work. You could also try some neutral flours like oat, cashew or other nut flour.

      Thanks so much for trying out the recipe and I hope one of those will work out 😉

  10. Heather says

    Thank you! These are great! this has been on my list of “learn how to make” since overpaying for something similar at the grocery store. I really enjoy your recipes, keep up the great blog!

    • Karielyn says

      Hi there Heather! You sound just like me…I just can’t pay $5.oo+ for a little bag of raw kale chips or a raw treat like these, so I just make them myself. Especially when they are so easy to make!

      Thanks so much for your feedback, I really appreciate it 😉

  11. Jennifer says

    Made these last night and they are delicious!! I rolled mine in chia, sesame, ground chia, cocoa powder, coconut and hemp.

    • Karielyn says

      Hi there Jennifer! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed them and I love the different varieties of superfoods you rolled them in…that’s my favorite part about them is what to roll them in!

      Thanks for trying out the recipe and for taking the time to let me know you liked it 😉

  12. says

    Thank you for sharing the receipt. How long will these protein balls last after making them? Should it be stored in the fridge, or room temperature in a bag or some sort?

    • Karielyn says

      Hi there Lynn! If you put them in an air-tight (preferably glass or BPA-free) container in the refrigerator they should last a week or longer (mine never do though lol!) and you could even freeze them for later too.

      If you leave them out at room temperature, they will get soft and lose their shape because of the coconut oil.

      Thanks for your question and I hope you enjoy them 😉

  13. meg says

    I just made these without the protein powder or chia and added hemp seeds and used half almond meal and half hazelnut meal and coconut butter. I am so happy these don’t have dates in them! They are so delicious and a fabulous treat!

    • Karielyn says

      Hi there Meg! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed them and just love the substitutions you made, especially the hazelnut meal!

      Thanks so much for trying out the recipe and for taking the time to let me know you enjoyed it…I really appreciate it 😉

  14. Camilla says

    Hi there , I have just made your raw protein balls but they are so soft. I have left them in the fridge for a while but still very soft and not holding the shape together. What have I done wrong?

    • Karielyn says

      Hi there Camilla! Let’s see if we can figure this out…

      1. Did your mixture in the food processor have the same consistency as in the second photo? It should be a little course and crumbly but not soft. If not…
      2. Did you use the Garden of Life Raw Protein Powder? If you didn’t, did you use (4) tablespoons of your favorite brand? The scoop sizes in different protein powders are not the same size so if you only used (1) scoop of a different protein powder other than the Garden of Life brand, you may have not had enough protein powder. If this is the case, make sure you have a total of (1) scoop of Garden of Life Raw Protein OR (4) tablespoons of your favorite protein powder.
      3. If the first two ideas don’t work, I would try these suggestions: a) add 1 – 2 extra tablespoons of liquid sweetener (maple syrup, raw honey {non-vegan} and/or add 2 – 3 large medjool dates (pitted), b) add 1 – 2 tablespoons of extra almond flour until the consistency thickens a little c) add 1 extra tablespoon of coconut oil.

      They will get a little firmer after being in the refrigerator so maybe after you make one of these adjustments they will be a little firmer. They should be firm enough to roll into whatever toppings you want to use.

      Try the suggestions in #3 and try to get the consistency like photo #2 in the food processor.

      Let me know if any of these idea help…I really want you to be able to enjoy them 😉

    • Karielyn says

      Hi there Jasmine! They should keep for at least a couple of weeks (although mine never last that long lol!) in the refrigerator or freezer. Just make sure you put them in an air-tight glass or BPA-free container.

      And I wouldn’t keep them in the pantry because of the coconut oil…they will get soft and lose their shape if left out at room temperature.

      Thanks for your question and I hope you enjoy them 😉

  15. Kate says

    Hi there – these look delicious, what could I substitute for the peanut butter as we have a fussy eater that I am trying to encourage to eat protein in some form (and disguising it in chocolate may work) but she won’t eat any kind of peanut or nut butter. Thanks!

    • Karielyn says

      Hi there Kate! Hmmm…I would try to substitute with dates…large, pitted organic medjool dates. I would probably start with 4 and see if they will bind the balls together and if not, add another 4. Since you would be adding an extra sweetener with the dates, I would omit the maple syrup.

      Dates are a good binder in “ball/truffle” recipes so I’m thinking that would work too.

      Thanks for the question and I hope you are able to make the recipe so everyone at home can enjoy them 😉

  16. Kerrie says

    Hi Karielyn,
    These look so delicious – can’t wait to try them out! Quick question, is almond flour the same as almond meal? Sorry for the silly question :-p Thanks!

    • Karielyn says

      Hi there Kerrie! Not a silly question at all 😉 Yes, for this recipe, almond flour would work the same as almond meal.

      Thanks for the question and I hope you enjoy the recipe 😉

  17. maarib says

    OMG I just made them and ate them straight out of the food processor, it taste amazing so peanut buttery and it melts in the mouth, I would defiantly share it with my family

    • Karielyn says

      Hi there Maarib! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed them! And don’t worry…I eat them straight out the food processor too lol!

      Thanks so much for trying out the recipe and for taking the time to let me know you liked them…I really appreciate it 😉

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