Vegan Protein Balls | Date Free

These vegan protein balls will CRUSH your snack cravings with healthy fats, preservative free protein powder and wholefood ingredients. The best part? They are ready in less than ten minutes with no blender or food processor required.

Vegan protein balls are one of my favourite snacks but they are very overpriced when purchasing from a café or supermarket so why not make your own with this simple recipe.

What are Protein Balls?

You have probably heard the term bliss balls, snack balls or protein balls, maybe all three? Wondering what is the difference? I don’t think there is any official distinction however I believe bliss balls are traditionally or quite often made with dates. I have nothing against dates but for most people, they will spike your blood sugar (quite a lot) so I prefer to make and consume protein balls which are made without dates and usually contain a supplement such as a whey or vegan protein powder.

In this particular recipe I have added a vegan protein powder to the mixture along with some other wholesome ingredients to create what I like to call fabulous vegan protein balls. The texture is dough like and if kept in the fridge they harden to a similar texture of a store bought protein bar.

How many servings does this vegan protein ball recipe make?

We have all had a snack emergency right? I have found they never end well. Often dashing to the supermarket or cafe and choosing something calorie dense, filled with sugar and leaving you feeling not so great afterwards. This is exactly why I designed this recipe to be the SOS to your snack city hunger pangs.

This recipe makes just two vegan protein balls as it is designed to be a fast recipe for when you need a snack ASAP. However, you can easily, double or triple the recipe to make a larger batch and store a few of the vegan protein balls in the fridge for later.

We have been working from home permanently for about 5 or 6 weeks now due to the lock down and I’m not sure about anyone else but the hunger is REAL so I was inspired to make some simple snacks that won’t cause a gassy stomach or bloated stomach 🙂

Which flavour vegan protein balls are you going to create?


Almond Butter – I first made this recipe using crunchy almond butter in this protein ball recipe and I LOVED the additional crunch/texture, however smooth will work just fine. I’ve linked the brand I buy here. You can use any type of nut butter in this recipe. If you do, leave a comment below and let me know how they turn out.

Vegan Protein Powder -the Happy Way vegan vanilla protein powder works perfectly in this recipe and so does the Macro Mike vanilla buttercream almond protein. These two brands are by far my favourite when it comes to vegan protein powders. Keep in mind Vegan protein is a lot more absorbent than whey protein, so it is not recommended that you try this recipe with whey protein as it will likely result in a very wet mixture that won’t easily form into balls.

Maple Syrup – make sure to read the ingredient label on your maple syrup. It should only contain one ingredient; maple syrup. This might sound straight forward but there are a lot of fake maple syrups popping up in my supermarket which I find quite alarming.

Cacao Nibs – Made from crushed cocoa beans, cacao nubs are packed full of healthy fats and nutrients. They are VERY low sugar and dairy free/vegan friendly.They are one of the least processed cocoa products available and give a delicious chocolate flavour as well as a gorgeous crunchy texture.

*For the full list of ingredients and instructions, see the recipe card further down in this post.

How to make Vegan Protein Balls

  • Combine almond butter and maple syrup.
  • Add all other ingredients to the bowl and work into a thick dough.
  • Once combined, roll the vegan protein ball mixture into one large ball of dough and use a knife to slice into two even sized portions.
  • Roll each portion into a ball.
  • Serve straight away or store the vegan protein balls in the fridge for later.


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Vegan Protein Balls | Date Free

Vegan protein balls made without dates and refined sugar to crush your snack cravings. Ready in less than ten minutes & no blender needed!
Course Dessert, Snack
Keyword Desserts, Healthy Snacks, Low Sugar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 2



  • Combine crunchy almond butter and maple syrup in a mixing bowl.
  • Add all other ingredients to the bowl and work into a thick dough.
  • Once combined, roll into one large ball and use a knife to slice into two even sized portions.
  • Roll each portion into a ball and serve straight away or store in the fridge for later.


Feel free to use any type of nut butter you like in this recipe.

Did you make your own Vegan Protein Balls?

You might also love my recipe for cinnamon donut holes. They make a great healthy snack or lunch box treat.

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