Nut Butter Protein Balls

*Update: The recipe for this post has been one of the most popular recipes on The Diva Dish. It’s an older post, I only have 1 wee babe, so if you want to skip to the recipe go ahead and scroll to the bottom!

The Food Processor I own is this one HERE. (affiliate link)*


Thanks to Baby Boo’s slight obsession over my computer, and her constant need to touch the key board…

My computer screen is now magnified enough for a 97 year old to read the monitor…

It’s making me dizzy…

So this past week Baby Boo and I took a trip up to my parents house, and hubby met us there later in the week. We had alot of fun, that was until…

Baby Boo got sick…again.

This time her cold turned into something worse, and we spent many hours at the hospital/doctors…Baby Boo hated it.

So did Mama.

What Baby Boo had was pretty bad, and I was worried she was going to be miserable the whole week at my parents. But, she shined through on this one! She is such a good sport and managed to sneak a smile in here and there! =]

Such a trooper!

So, while Grandma spoiled Baby Boo, I watched the Hubby get a little Too into a game of Ping Pong.

He wanted me to take action shots of him.

Cuz he thought it would be sooo cool.

Here you go sweety!!

Look Ma NO ARMS!

I probably should redeem myself for that one…


I asked if I could play, but I was turned away. Geeze Loose 4 Balls and they NeVeR forget!!

Well if I can’t play with their Ping Pong Balls…

Then I’ll Make My Own…

Nut Butter Protein Balls
  • ½ c. walnuts
  • ½ c. pitted dates
  • ½ c. almonds
  • ½ c. unsweetened coconut
  • ¾ c. oats
  • 3 TB. dark chocolate or cocoa nibs
  • ½ c. pure maple syrup
  • ⅓ c. peanut butter or almond butter, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. In a food processor, blend the ingredients one by one, starting with the walnuts. Process until small crumbs appear, don't over process or you will have a walnut butter :).
  2. Next add dates, process until crumbs. Followed by almonds, then coconut, oats, and lastly chocolate.
  3. Once a thick crumb texture appears, add in the syrup, nut butter, and vanilla. Process until a thick dough forms into a ball.
  4. Roll into inch sized balls on cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper. Store in an air tight container in the fridge. Last 1-2 weeks, balls can be frozen.

These balls are totally share-worthy.

Whether or not I decided to share…

Is up to me…

They taste JUST peanut butter cookie dough,

minus the un-healthy ingredients!

Baby Boo is trying to convince me she is ALL better so she can have a Ball herself…

Nice try sweet heart.

Maybe Mama will share with you when your not all gums!

As for now…

I only share with me, myself, and I..


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  1. These are amazing!! i had been looking for something i could make now and eat all week, since it’s going to be a very very busy week.

  2. Oh my lord. I made these tonight and they are AMAZING! I’m always looking for new healthy foods to introduce to my picky vegan bf (who, frankly, eats 5 foods and 4 of them are carbs…pasta pasta pasta and pasta!!)….however, I’m not sure I want to share these with him!!! They are SOOOOOO delicious!!! I might have to keep them a secret for a bit longer….

    • Oh yea!! Thanks for making them!! I know ALL too much about those picky boys! lol My husband loves to eat well…crap..haha!
      And you should give him one..and then hide the rest for yourself :-)!

  3. Just made these! Were so DELICIOUS! i added some chia seeds too for an extra boost! Thanks heaps for ur blog, love ur variety in foods and I too am a “treats” fanatic so love these little healthy recipes!

  4. Very yummy! My four year old and I had a fun time making these today. Thanks for sharing!

  5. These look great! How many balls does this recipe make?

    • You know what, I feel really bad but I can’t tell you exactly. It all depends on the size that you make them, but I think the batter makes close to two cups…I hope that helps!

  6. Niccce!! Liking all the good food recipes!

    I thought a few weeks ago how amazing of a snack it would be to have a healthy ball of almond butter mixed with some healthy ingredients, to my surprise they already exist and I happened to stumble upon it here. The quinoa salad looks amazing, definitely can’t wait to try that one!

    Just moved from Chicago to SD, so its a little harder to find the freshest ingredients, but still ok. Good luck with all that you do!

  7. I just found your blog via pinterest and can’t wait to make this recipe. What would you say a portion is? One ball? Also do you have any idea about calories? Thanks!

  8. Carrie says:

    These are great. I made them the other day (I put chia seeds in mine too) and my 4 year old daughter thought they were dessert and now wants one for breakfast every morning.

  9. My twin 27-month olds loved these! Thank you so much for sharing. I’m going to link this back to my PB post for other readers to see it as well.

  10. Hey,
    I really want to make these, but my friend is allergic to nuts (not peanuts but the other nuts). Would taking out the walnuts and almonds cause a major change in consistency? If so, what would I use instead? I didn’t read the other comments, though. So, I apologize if you’ve had a similar question and answered it already.
    I really can’t wait to make these!

    • Hey Nicole!
      What a sweet friend you are! If you take out the nuts, it will change the consistency, so you would have to sub with something else. Is she allergic to seeds, like sunflower seeds? You could definitely sub those instead! And sunflower seeds are yummy, so if you try it out definitely let me know! 🙂 Thanks for your interest in the recipe!

      • Actually, both my best friend and my guy are allergic to nuts. Neither of them are allergic to seeds, though! hmm, could I put pumpkin seeds in there, too? I will try that. I love seeds. I will definitely keep you updated when I get too make them.

  11. FYI- Tried to PInIT to Pinterest but site wouldn’t let me add the image, printed a copy for myself but would have like to share

    • I’m so sorry Tara! I don’t know why some of my images won’t pin, but I am definitely working on the problem, and hope to have it resolved soon! Thanks again for wanting to share the recipe!

  12. what could you use in place of the oats to make it gluten free? would Quinoa flakes work?

  13. Hey, so I just made these! I had to do most of it by hand XD My only mistake was forgetting the vanilla. They look like yours for the most part, but I used the sunflower seeds and a bit less coconut. I’ll have to make them with carob chips next time since my other good friend is vegan and I want him to try them. I tried some of the mix before I rolled them into the balls and it’s freaking yummy! Thanks for the great recipe. I’m going to find something interesting to roll them in next time as well <3

  14. Hi! Just made these and followed your recipe exactly…I thought…I’m wondering if i did something wrong though, because it killed my food processor? In the market for a new one. Which one do you use – it clearly stands up the your schmalls recipes and I’d love to try more of them!!

  15. Just made these… Amazing!!! Didn’t have coconut so just used extra oatmeal!! My baked-good-loving husband even loved them!!! I love your site so much!
    You are so fun and genuine! Made your cilantro lemon salad for dinner last night, and stirred in some sunny side up eggs for breakfast! Thanks to your site our home has gotten th whole-foods kick in the butt it needed since our Little one was born!

  16. OH-MY-GOODNESS! I just made these and they are A-mazing! My kids even loved them! Thank you for sharing this, I know I will be!

  17. I ate something very similar to these while I was in labor with my daughter 2 years ago and was *just* thinking that I needed to find the recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  18. hi,
    Just found this recipe through pinterest and I’m excited to try it! How long would you say they stay in ball form? If I froze them overnight or whatever, and sent some along in my husband’s lunch, would they still be pretty solid a few hours later?

    • Hi jasmine!
      They stay in ball form for a really long time! I just keep mine in the fridge, and put them each in a mini cupcake holder(if you want, you don’t have to!), and then I pack them in a plastic bag and put them in my husbands lunch!

  19. I found this recipe via Pinterest and it’s amazing! The only thing I did differently was toast the nuts first and also blend the oatmeal a bit. I saw that someone else wanted to know how many it made and I rolled at least 30. I’m not sure how many my 3 year old and I ate before I packaged them up in the freezer, lol. I really want to follow your blog but an error message keeps coming up. Please look into it. Thanks, Bryn

    • LOVE that you toasted the nuts, brings out such a great flavor! My daughter always eats a handful when I make these too! And I am having a lot of trouble with people following my blog. I’m not sure why it’s not working, but I am doing my best to fix it. Sorry about that :(!

  20. oh my word!! i just made these and they are divine!! and my slightly “doesn’t eat anything” child just inhaled them!! thanks so much! i just subscribed to your site, love it all! and had your great green smoothie for brunch for myself today–baby loved it too! thanks girl, you rock!!

  21. We loved your recipe so much that we shared it with our community. I hope you don’t mind 🙂

  22. Peanut Butter Pong Balls says:

    Thank you for this recipe. I have been making them for approximately two years and they are delicious.

  23. Do you have a peanut butter recipe?? I mean making the peanut butter at home just like the almond butter recipe that you have?


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