Raw Nutty Chocolate Protein Bites Recipe

January 25, 2017

Here’s a perfect snack for days when you can’t decide between salty or sweet, chewy or crunchy. The plant-based protein (from a blend of pea, pumpkin, sunflower, chia, hemp, and sacha inchi powders) alongside raw almonds, cashews, and other superfoods mean there are quite a few good-for-you ingredients rolled up in these little morsels!

Raw Nutty Chocolate Protein Bites

Yield: 18 bites
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw cashews
1 cup dates, pitted
1 scoop Nutiva Organic Vanilla Plant Protein Powder (about 4 1/2 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon Nutiva Coconut Oil, melted
3 tablespoons Nutiva Classic Hazelnut Spread
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt (optional)
Cacao powder for dusting (optional)


Add almonds and cashews to the base of a food processor and pulse until evenly ground. Put all remaining ingredients in the processor and pulse until thoroughly combined (the mixture will begin to bind together).

Remove 1 tablespoon of the mixture and roll it into a ball between your hands. Place the ball on a parchment-lined baking sheet; repeat with remaining dough until all balls are formed.

Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Using a small sifter, lightly dust with cacao powder, if desired.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Recipe credit: Courtney Knapp
Photo credit: Paul Delmont

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Melinda Gross

Melinda writes about health, wellness, and food for the Thrive Market blog. She started her career as a financial journalist in NYC and has written for Where Magazine, Worth, Forbes, and When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys working out, sketching, and playing with her daughter and mini-dachshund, Goliath.


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