4 No-Bake Vegan Protein Ball Recipes for the Ultimate Energy Boost

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Written by Doug Hay

There’s nothing more satisfying than pulling out a homemade snack when hunger strikes.

And when that snack is packed with protein and loaded with high-carb fruit (making it perfect for mid- and post-workout fuel), it’s that much better.

That’s why I love no-bake date balls. They’re versatile, delicious, and super easy to whip up on a whim and store for the next several days. They’re also a near-perfect whole-food long ride or run fuel, or a delightful recovery treat.

Below you’ll find four no-bake ball recipes created by NMA team member, Esther, who added Complement Protein for an extra boost of complete vegan protein.

(Note: If you want to ditch the protein to leave it carb-heavy for fast-acting fuel, just swap the powder out with flour or Steel Cut oats.)

Enjoy!

Carrot Cake Protein Ball Recipe

Yields: 12 balls
Prep time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 3 Carrots
  • 9-10 Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 1 C Oats (any oats will do. I used Steel-Cut, but quick oats will work too)
  • 1 C Complement Protein
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 C Walnuts
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt

Directions

  1. Blend in a food processor until finely ground.
  2. Scoop palm-sized/golf-ball-sized handfuls, roll into a ball and freeze.
  3. Top with cashew frosting, if desired.

Apple Pie Energy Ball Recipe

Yields: 12 balls
Prep time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 5 Large Medjool Date, pitted
  • 1/2 C Complement Protein
  • 1/2 C Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Maple Syrup (omit if using sweetened applesauce)
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 C Walnuts

Directions

  1. Blend in a food processor until finely ground.
  2. Scoop palm-sized/golf-ball-sized handfuls, roll into a ball and freeze.
  3. Top with cashew frosting, if desired.

Strawberry Energy Ball Recipe

Yields: 12 balls
Prep time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 5 Large Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 6 Large, Fresh Strawberries
  • 1/2 C Complement Protein
  • 1/4 Cup Almonds
  • 1 Tsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 C Coconut Flakes (optional, but if you have them on hand, I highly suggest adding them)

Directions

  1. Blend in a food processor until finely ground.
  2. Scoop palm-sized/golf-ball-sized handfuls, roll into a ball and freeze. Top with cashew frosting, if desired.

Pumpkin Protein Ball Recipe

Yields: 12 balls
Prep time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 10 Dates
  • 1 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 2 Tbsp Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/4 C Cashews
  • 1/2 C Steel Cut Oats
  • 1/2 C Complement Protein
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 C Coconut Flakes (Optional)

Directions

  1. Blend until well mixed and crumbly.
  2. Create 1-inch balls.
  3. Roll each ball in coconut flakes to coat the outside.
  4. Freeze for 20 minutes.

Want to step it up and really impress? Dip them with cashew frosting. Just blend together the following ingredients for the frosting:

  • 1 cup soaked cashews blended
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract (optional swap: lemon extract – this gave it a summery feel)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

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