This healthy, plant-based Crunchy Raw Protein Energy Balls recipe is so easy to make with clean, real food ingredients. It’s a no-bake energy ball with limitless topping options that’s vegan and gluten-free and everyone will love!
This easy Crunchy Raw Vegan Protein Energy Ball recipe is one of my top 3 favorite plant-based 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 they were one of the very first recipes I created when I first started eating raw foods to help with my sweet cravings.
You can make a batch of these in advance and keep in the refrigerator when you need a quick snack or energy boost.
And, they’re made with clean, real food ingredients and are raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly, contain no refined sugar and are Medical Medium compliant (you can omit the organic raw vegan protein if you prefer).
What Ingredients Do I Need To Make Crunchy Raw Protein Balls?
This recipe is made with clean, real food ingredients that are nutrient-dense.
Try to buy organic ingredients whenever possible.
- Chia Seeds
- Cacao Nibs
- Sesame Seeds
- Plant-Based Raw Protein Powder
- Cacao Powder
- Almond Flour
- Coconut Oil
Make sure you visit my “5 Fast Facts” page to see the nutritional benefits of the ingredients used in this recipe.
How To Make Healthy Protein Balls:
Step 1: Gather All Your Ingredients
Before you get started, measure and gather all your ingredients and get your food processor ready.
Step 2: Add All Ingredients To Your Food Processor
In this step, you’ll add all the ingredients into the food processor and process everything together until it has a thick dough-type consistency.
The mixture should be thick and firm enough to roll into a ball shape.
Depending on the consistency of the nut butter you use, the mixture may not be firm enough.
If so, just add a little extra almond flour, about a teaspoon at a time, to the mixture until it firms up enough.
Step 3: Roll The Mixture Into a Ball Shape
Once you’ve made the energy ball mixture, now it’s time to roll them into a ball shape.
Take out about a tablespoon at a time, squeeze the mixture in your fist, then roll it between the palms of your hand to form a ball shape.
Place your balls on a plate or a small cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Next, you can enjoy the protein balls plain or dress them up by rolling them in your favorite healthy topping (see below for some ideas!).
Transfer the balls to the refrigerator for about 15-30 minutes to firm.
Store them in an air-tight BPA-free container in the refrigerator to enjoy a healthy snack during the day.
What Kind of Plant-Based Toppings Can I Use?
I’m so glad you asked!
These are great to just leave plain if you’re in a hurry or will just snack on them during the day.
But you could also dress them up for the holidays or a special occasion by rolling them in a variety of different plant-based toppings.
There are no right or wrong toppings to use for this recipe – just whatever you have on hand, or whatever ingredients are your favorite.
Some of the toppings I like to use are:
Crushed Walnuts. I take some organic walnuts and process them in a food processor to finely grind them and then roll the plain balls in them.
Cacao Powder. Add some organic cacao powder to a small bowl and roll the plain balls in them until they are coated with the cacao powder.
Sesame Seeds. Add some organic sesame seeds to a small bowl and roll the plain balls in them until they are coated with the sesame seeds.
Chia Seeds. Add some organic chia seeds, either black chia seeds or white chia seeds, to a small bowl and roll the plain balls in them until they are coated with the chia seeds.
Hemp Seeds. Add some hemp seeds to a small bowl and roll the plain balls in them until they are coated with the hemp seeds.
Shredded Coconut Flakes. Add some organic unsweetened shredded coconut flakes to a small bowl and roll the plain balls in them until they are covered with the shredded coconut flakes.
But most of all, enjoy them…they are good for you and guilt-free.
Ingredients + Substitutions for Making Crunchy Raw Protein Balls:
Protein Powder. I’ve used both the Sprout Living Epic Lucuma Vanilla protein (which is organic, raw and vegan) and the Garden of Life Organic “Raw Meal Protein” (which is also organic, raw and vegan), but feel free to use your favorite vanilla vegan protein powder. I use the scoop that comes inside the container, which is considered to be “one serving” and is equal to (4) regular tablespoons. So if you use a different brand of protein powder, just make sure you use (4) tablespoons and not the scoop it comes with. Also, they may taste a little different depending on what protein powder you use and the sweetener it contains.
Liquid Sweetener. You can use your favorite liquid sweetener like organic maple syrup, organic date nectar, organic 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. You can add an extra tablespoon if you need to. I don’t like too much sweetness in mine so I only use enough to hold them together, not for the “sweetness”.
Nut Butter. You can use the nut butter of your choice in this recipe. I have used organic almond butter and even organic peanut butter and both were good. For Medical Medium, you may want to use organic sunflower butter.
Toppings: Feel free to enjoy them plain, or roll them in your favorite plant-based topping.
Want More Healthy Plant-Based Energy Ball Recipes?
Check out these:
- Gluten-Free Vegan Dried Blueberry Protein Energy Balls
- Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Bliss Balls
- Gluten-Free Vegan Crispy Cashew Butter Energy Balls
- or my CLEAN DESSERTS Cookbook with 72 No-Bake plant-based vegan + gluten-free desserts just like this one that you will love!