Sarah Remmer: The Non-Diet Dietitian


Chocolate Chia Protein Balls Recipe

These delicious snacks keep tummies full and and energy levels up

Chocolate Chia Protein Balls Recipe |

I've been on a mission lately to find healthy and tasty snack recipes to add some variety to my son's snack-pack for kindergarten. I was in a rut of sending store-bought granola bars, cheese strings, and apples (or a similar combination) for a while. What can I say? I've got a two year-old and 4-month-old baby at home as well, and mornings are chaotic to say the least! Eventually my son complained about how he was bored of his snack and, frankly , I was bored of sending it. The Dietitian in me wants to ensure that the snacks I send are healthy and somewhat balanced, containing both protein and carbohydrates and always including a fruit or vegetable. The Mom in me wants to send something that my son will eat (and enjoy eating!) and one that helps to keep his tummy full until lunch. 

I haven't jumped on the energy or protein ball train until now, but I'm glad I did. These delicious little balls are a little sweet, a little salty, and a little crunchy — the perfect combination of all three. They are also extremely nutritious, packed full of protein, fibre, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. They can also be made school-safe by substituting pumpkin seed butter for the peanut butter. 

Chocolate Chia Protein Balls Recipe

(Makes 20-22 balls)


1 cup oats (I used quick-cooking steel-cut oats) 
1 cup peanut butter (or pumpkin seed butter if you're making for school)
¼ cup chia seeds
2.5 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2.5 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips



 Add all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips into a food processor and process until well-blended. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl and add chocolate chips. Mix well. 

 Roll into 1-inch balls and place on parchment paper inside an airtight container. Chill and serve! 

*Recipe inspired by: Living Well Mom's Gluten-free Chocolate Protein Balls

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 If you like this, try my school-safe chocolate zucchini muffins and my flourless peanut butter and banana muffins