Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls taste so decadent you won't believe they're healthy!

Dark Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls (Gluten Free & Dairy Free)

Imagine a delicous Mounds candy bar...rolled into a rich chocolate truffle...that's healthy! That's what you get when you make these Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword energy, healthy, protein, snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 20 balls
Calories 118 kcal
Author Stacey aka the Soccer Mom


  • 1 1/2 cups dates
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts
  • 5 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons warm water if needed


To make the Batter:

  1. Place the dates in a bowl of warm water for twenty minutes to soften. While they're soaking, grind the walnuts in a food processor. Leave a few chunks for texture.

  2. Add the dates to a food processor and rough chop until combined (but a few walnut chunks still remain).
  3. If mixture is too thick, add 1-2 tablespoons warm water slowly and keep blending. You may need to pause and scrape down the sides. The mixture will be very sticky.

  4. Scrape your date/walnut batter into a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add to bowl: 5 TB raw cacao powder, 1/4 cup + 2 TB shredded coconut (make sure you still have about 2/3 cup set aside for rolling later) and 3 TB maple syrup. Mix with a fork until everything is combined and "wet looking". The mixture should be sticky.

To Make the Protein Balls:

  1. Line a large plate or cutting board with parchment paper. Pour the rest (about 2/3 cup) of the shredded coconut onto another plate. Place coconut oil in a small bowl next to your work area.
  2. Grease your hands with a bit of coconut oil, grab some of the date mixture and roll it into a ball (about one inch in diameter). 

  3. Once rolled, place the ball into the plate of coconut and sprinkle/roll it all about pressing down to make sure it sticks. Place the coconut covered ball onto the parchment paper.
  4. Repeat until you run out of batter (makes 18-20 balls).
  5. Allow to set in freezer for 20-30 minutes. Store in an airtight container.

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Recipe Notes

Note: Nutrition information is a rough estimate only; actual values will vary based on the exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.

Nutrition Facts
Dark Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls (Gluten Free & Dairy Free)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 118 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 12mg1%
Potassium 145mg4%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.