Almond Butter Protein Snacks :: Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free

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These almond butter protein snacks were developed for my dear husband. He loves protein bars. I, however, do not love them because they are full of junk.

So, in an effort to create a healthy protein bar substitute and also please his taste buds, I came up with this recipe. According to my calculations, each snack ball has approximately 8 grams of protein in it. If you roll them in the almonds and/or chia seeds, that will up the protein by a gram or two, depending on the size.

Notes:

  • Don’t like almond butter? No problem! Use whatever nut or seed butter you prefer and they will still be amazing. Sunflower seed butter is my all-time favorite.
  • These freeze really well, so you can make a big batch and toss them in the freezer.
  • Don’t feel like taking the time to roll all those little balls? Just spread the mixture in a glass dish, chill, and then cut into bars.

Looking for some other snack ideas? Here are a couple tasty recipes:

Shout out to my friend Suzanne from Strands of My Life for shooting the photo for this recipe!

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Recipe type: Grain and Dairy Free Snack
Serves: 20
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  1. Soak your dates in warm water until soft.
  2. Remove the pits and place in a food processor with all other ingredients.
  3. Pulse until the mixture forms a dough, similar to sugar cookie dough.
  4. Chill in the fridge for 30-60 minutes. Using a small ice cream scooper, measuring spoon, or your hands, portion out the dough into bite size portions.
  5. Roll in your hands until a ball forms and then roll the dough in chopped nuts and/or chia seeds until covered.
  6. Refrigerate immediately. If your kitchen is hot, the dough will become soft and difficult to work with, so if that happens, just toss it back in the fridge for a few minutes to harden up again.
  7. I store the snack balls in the fridge in a glass container in a single layer. You could also freeze these individually as well.

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Jessica is a real food wellness educator and the founder of the Delicious Obsessions website. She has had a life-long passion for food and being in the kitchen is where she is the happiest. She began helping her mother cook and bake around the age of three and she's been in the kitchen ever since, including working in a restaurant in her hometown for almost a decade, where she worked every position before finally becoming the lead chef. Jessica started Delicious Obsessions in 2010 as a way to help share her love for food and cooking. Since then, it has grown into a trusted online resource with a vibrant community of people learning to live healthy, happy lives through real food and natural living.

Discussion

10 comments

  1. yummmmmm!!

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    Jamina71
    Posted 08/08/11

    • Thanks! Hope you enjoy!

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      Anonymous
      Posted 08/14/11

  2. what are cocoa nibs?

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    sue
    Posted 01/11/12

    • Hi Sue – Cocoa nibs is the ” the dried and fully fermented fatty seed of Theobroma cacao, from which cocoa solids and cocoa butter are extracted.” They have a strong chocolate flavor, but no sugar. They are crunchy and taste a bit like coffee beans. I use them to add a little bitterness to certain cookies and baked items. I got that quote from this Wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocoa_bean

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      Jessica
      Posted 01/13/12

  3. Sounds great, Jess. I’m going to make them! Love your blog!

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    Jennifer Strauss
    Posted 07/10/12

    • Hi Jennifer! Thank you for stopping by! It’s great to hear from you! I hope you enjoy them! 🙂

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      Jessica
      Posted 07/10/12

  4. I need something like this out on the golf course. I’m trying to think of how to keep them cooled enough to last for a 4 hr round. Any suggestions?

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    Debb Jeffries
    Posted 05/10/13

    • Hi Debb – These would be great for something like that! I’d probably pack them in a small container and keep a little ice pack with them. If the weather is not too hot, then you may not even need the ice pack, but if they get to warm, they’d turn into mush. Tasty mush though! 🙂 Enjoy!

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      Jessica
      Posted 05/12/13

  5. I can’t eat dates lowfodmaps diet fructose intolerance what can i use in place please if possible? Thanks

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    Jen Trudel
    Posted 07/26/15

    • Hi Jen – You could probably leave them out of here, but they won’t hold together as well. Not sure what a good sub would be. Bananas maybe? Not sure if they are allowed on the low FODMAPS diet though.

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 07/28/15

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