I’ve been looking for a simple snack that has both dates and protein (and chocolate!), so I found these chocolate brownie protein balls on Pintrest and decided to try them out in the SnackLazy Test Kitchen.

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Chocolate Protein Balls
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Yay or Nay?

Yay! I made these chocolate brownie protein balls three times in one week. My wife even likes them (shocking!). I think the “brownie” in the title can be a bit misleading—it always is, right?—but these are definitely chocolate protein balls.

Like I said though, I started with this recipe when I came across it on Pintrest a year ago (I’d add a link but the site is no longer running). I messed around with the recipe for a bit to try until it tasted like a healthy alternative to brownie bites.

The Recipe

I tweaked the original recipe a bit for two reasons: 1) the website with recipe was down when I tried to make it the second time, and 2) I don’t like walnuts and didn’t understand why salt needed to be added (if you disagree, please feel free to mention it in the comments section).

List of ingredients

  • 8 pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup of nuts (I usually use raw almond nuts)
  • 1 generous scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 cup of almond butter (I usually just eyeball it)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 Tbs of cocoa powder


  • Just throw it all together in a food processor and hit chop/blend. I’m sure the order you mix it in matters to some people, but I’m not a doctor, so I just throw it in and watch it all come together.
  • Oh, I did use this awesome rubber measuring spoon to make the balls. And no, it’s not just a shameless product plug. I really do have it.
  • Put whatever you don’t eat into the fridge. Considering there’s no dairy in these chocolate brownie protein balls, I wouldn’t sweat them expiring any time soon. Besides, I’d be surprised if they lasted long. My wife or kids usually finishes them off before I do.

What else?

I say go crazy and add anything you want to add to this recipe. I’ve tried switching out almonds with other nuts when I forgot to pick them up from the store, or just when I felt bored with almonds and wanted to try something new. (Walnuts aren’t bad in this.)

If I want to make it more of a treat, I’ve also added dark chocolate chips. I mean… dark chocolate chips go pretty much with anything, so it doesn’t take much convincing for me to add them to a recipe.

If you have ideas I’d love to hear them in the comments below.

By Wayne T.

Wayne, the proud founder of SnackLazy, is a self-proclaimed food and health expert—he eats every day and thinks about exercise from time to time. Wayne's mission is to eat right and feel good while putting in the least amount of effort possible, which is what SnackLazy is all about.

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