You can’t go wrong when you combine almond butter and chocolate. You can make the combination better, though, when you add some extra protein — preferably from a grass-fed source!
This recipe for almond butter chocolate chip protein balls combines all these great ingredients, along with a little bit of optional sweetness from honey or maple syrup.
Put these ingredients together and you get a delicious, high-protein snack that’s perfect for when you need a little pick-me-up or want a dessert that helps you hit your daily protein goal.
If you use the right ingredients, you can make these protein balls fit just about any diet.
If you follow a low-carb or ketogenic diet, use monk fruit syrup instead of honey and stevia-sweetened chocolate chips. If you follow a plant-based diet, use a plant-based protein powder and vegan chocolate chips.
This recipe’s easy to customize and will still taste delicious regardless of the substitutions you make (within reason, of course)!
Let’s get into it!
- 1/2 cup almond butter (I used this one)
- 2 scoops collagen peptides or protein powder (I used this one)
- 2 tablespoons chocolate chips (I used these)
- 1 tablespoon honey, maple syrup, or monk fruit syrup (I like this one)
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Before forming your protein balls, taste the dough to see if you want it sweeter. If it’s not as sweet as you’d like, feel free to add honey or maple syrup to taste.
I, personally, don’t like to add any sweetener to these since I made them with sweetened collagen powder, but if your protein powder is unsweetened or you just like extra sweetness, go ahead and add some honey or maple syrup until you reach your desired flavor.
Once everything is combined, form into equal-sized balls and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat. When I made this recipe, it made six protein balls. You could make them a little smaller if you want to stretch the recipe a little.
Macronutrient breakdown per ball for six protein balls (made using honey):
- 8 grams protein
- 13.6 grams fat
- 9.5 grams carbs (2.8 fiber)
If you make these, I’d love to know how it goes! Let me know in the comments down below!