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Crunchy Raw Protein Balls [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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I am so excited to share one of my original recipes with you! This easy Crunchy Raw Protein Ball recipe has to be in my top three favorites because it is simple to make and has so much nutrition packed into each tiny little chocolate ball.

I created these when I first started eating raw foods to help with my sweet cravings. They were a lifesaver for me because the protein in them help to curb my appetite and keep me satisfied throughout the day. There are so many different possibilities with these little gems. They are great to have plain if you are going to snack on them during the day. But make sure you take the time to actually make them into the little balls and not eat it right out of the bowl by the spoonful like I do!

Plus, you have better portion control when they are in little balls!

You could also dress them up for the holidays or a special occasion just by rolling them in a variety of different toppings – sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, carob powder, cacao nibs, chia seeds, coconut flakes, and on and on. Some of the toppings I used above were sesame seeds, chia seeds, maca powder, coconut flakes, raw cacao powder, and crushed walnuts…yum!

Be creative! But most of all, enjoy them…they are good for you and are a gluten-free and guilt-free treat!

Crunchy Raw Vegan Protein Balls


  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 scoop Raw Protein Powder (or raw protein powder of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup organic sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup organic chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup organic nut butter
  • 2 tablespoons raw organic honey (or other liquid sweetener for vegan)
  • 2 tablespoons organic grade B maple syrup
  • pinch pink himalayan salt


  1. Combine all ingredients into a food processor and process until well combined and in a crumbly, paste-type consistency.
  2. Scoop small spoonfuls and squeeze tightly in the palm of your hands then roll between the palms of your hands into a small ball shape.
  3. Serve plain, or roll in sesame seeds, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds or chia seeds.
  4. Refrigerate and they will become firmer.
  5. Enjoy!





Karielyn is a wife and mother of three. Her website “The Healthy Family and Home” features organic, healthy, clean eating and nutrient-dense foods, recipes and ingredients. No matter what diet plan you follow, Karielyn wants to help you make healthier food choices, read ingredient labels and learn about what's in the foods you eat. Eat like it matters…because it does!



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12 comments on “Crunchy Raw Protein Balls [Vegan, Gluten-Free]”

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11 Months Ago

Hi Karielyn! I love this recipe and so does my husband. I have made it several times. My favorite way to make them is actually with raw cacao nibs instead of cacao powder. I grind the nibs up a bit in the food processor before I add the other ingredients. It gives the balls a nice texture!
Do you happen to have the nutrition information for these? I would love to know how many calories are in them.

4 Years Ago

Honey is not a chosen source of the sweetener; however agave nectar is a good one. :)

4 Years Ago

Honey is well known to not be a vegan friendly food source. Sucks but true.

4 Years Ago

Hardly healthy - full of fats (albeit plant-based) and too much sugar.

27 Nov 2014

These are GOOD fats! Use a sweetener of your choice!

Nancy Heeder
4 Years Ago

What can I use in place of the maple syrup? I am on the Candida diet....- I will use Stevia for the honey. Thank you!

Kailey Miller
4 Years Ago

Can regular flour be used in place of almond flour? I'm allergic.

Taylor Frost
4 Years Ago

I knew you'd mention this when I saw it haha ;)

Kirsten Jade Runciman
4 Years Ago

Taylor Frost

One Green Planet
4 Years Ago

You guys crack us up!

Danah Veitenthal
4 Years Ago

sounds yummy - at least they are not called Schweaty Balls :) lol


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