This isn’t just any old high protein treat, it’s a superfood extravaganza – high in essential fats and antioxidants. In fact, these raw power protein balls are so insanely healthy, I have to pinch myself when that decadent flavour hits my palate!
I am a big fan of foods that not only infuse my body with an abundance of nutritional goodness but taste good too.
Our modern world has been polluted with so many unhealthy, addictive foods to allure and diminish our health. But since you are reading this I am guessing you are wanting to turn the tables and reclaim your health with super healthy food choices. So let’s go and show the world how delicious healthy food can be!
What’s in these Raw Power Protein Balls?
Before we delve into the recipe below, let’s look at what all the fuss is about and explore what’s in these superfood protein balls…
Hemp protein powder:
This nutty protein powder is one of the most complete proteins in the plant food kingdom, containing ALL 21 known amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids required for health. Hemp protein powder is a protein superstar, whilst also helping to bind these delicious treats together.
Check out my article for lots more about the incredible hemp seed benefits: Why are hemp seeds essential for health?
Where to buy hemp protein online?
USA: Hemp protein powder USA: Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Hemp Protein Powder
UK: Hemp protein powder UK: Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Raw Hemp Protein Powder
Other ingredients in these raw power protein balls
Flaxseeds are an excellent source of omega 3 essential fats (omega 3 has been shown to have healthy heart benefits). They also contain up to a whopping 800 times more lignans than other plant foods. Lignans are not only known for their antioxidant properties, but they also have powerful estrogen qualities, making them very supportive for hormone health.
Chia is one of the richest plant-based sources of essential fats. These little seed are a high-quality protein food and loaded with antioxidants. Chia seeds are one of my favourite seeds and work as a warmly welcomed bonus to this recipe.
With an impressive line of up minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, almonds also come as a desirable addition to this medley of superfoods. They have a pleasant, nutty sweetness that works well here. I recommend that you use freshly ground almonds to help to retain their awesome nutritional profile, whilst helping to hold all of the ingredients together.
Chock-full of antioxidants, healthy fats, protein, polyphenols, minerals and vitamins, cocoa brings yet another incredible line up of superfood nutrition to these protein balls.
The theobromine in cacao helps to stimulate the central nervous system, relax smooth muscles and dilate the blood vessels. Chemicals naturally present also encourage serotonin and other neurotransmitters that help inspire a good-mood and relieve depression.
Cacao (which is the raw form of cocoa) contains various components like alkaloids, proteins, beta-carotene, leucine, linoleic, lipase, lysine, and theobromine. These components all work together to improve physical and mental health.
Maple syprups is a natural, unrefined sweetener, much healthier than its distant, refined sugar cousins. It is used here to bring all the ingredients together with a gentle infusion of sweetness. This can be changed to your favourite healthy syrup sweetener if preferred.
I’ve added the smallest amount of quality vanilla extract into the blend to add a little necessary liquid. This brings a subtle treat like flavour at the same time.
Raw Power Protein Balls with cacao, hemp, chia and flax seeds
A super healthy raw protein ball with cacao, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds and almond. Sweetened with a little maple syrup. High in protein, essential fats and antioxidants.
- 2 teaspoons hemp protein
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 5 tablespoons ground almonds
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or alternative)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Extra ground almond for rolling (optional)
- Grind almond and flaxseeds with a nut mill or high powdered food processor (or alternatively if you don't have a grinder you can purchase pre-ground versions).
- Add all ingredients into a small mixing bowl and then mix together thoroughly using the back of a spoon and a downward pressing motion. Keep pressing and mixing until everything is moist and evenly combined. This may take a minute or two, so do stay with it.
- Divide into seven teaspoon sized parts and roll into balls (either with or without the extra ground almonds to roll in as preferred).
- Pop in the fridge or enjoy immediately any time of the day.
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- USA: Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Hemp Protein Powder (50% Protein), 1 Pound
- USA: Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Cacao Powder, 1 Pound
- USA: Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Black Chia Seeds, 2.5 Pounds
- UK: Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Raw Hemp Protein Powder 1kg
- UK: Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Raw Cacao/Cocoa Powder 500g
- UK: Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Raw Chia Seeds 1kg
For another great way to use hemp protein powder check out this delicious smoothie recipe:
If you prefer shelled hemp seeds instead of the powder, then you will love this recipe here:
Other interesting articles and recipes…
Delicious hemp protein maca breakfast bowl recipe
Why are hemp seeds essential for health? Health benefits and delicious recipes
The importance of eating seeds for a healthy diet – Tips, benefits & recipes
Yum! I just made these. They are so simple and just what I was looking for. I healthy treat. Thank you!!!
Absolute pleasure Kim. I am so happy that you got the enjoy these too. I am still hoping you’ll be able to write me up an ingredient list of that INCREDIBLE green smoothie recipe that you made me that one time – the one with hemp protein powder in it 🙂
These are amazing! I used honey instead of maple syrup and they turned out great. Thanks!
Delighted to hear that Kat 🙂
I’ve attempted to make these but they are not sticking together into balls I subsisted the hemp protein with Raw fermented paleo protein this is most likely my problem didn’t think it would make much of a difference but obviously does 🙁
Thank you for sharing Tania. That’s really interesting. I’ve never used raw fermented paleo protein, so I am not familiar with it. The recipe above depends on the blend of powder and moisture to hold it all together.
Yes no moisture in the powder I used, the recipe smell and looks delicious, what a shame I’ll need to get my hand on the hemp protein. Thanks for your reply, much appreciated 🙂
I took this a bit further, and added a Tbs of peanut butter, and a Tbs of shredded coconut….oh my! So delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe
Tasty! I didn’t have the hemp ingredient but wanted to make them immediately so I just used coconut powder instead. Quick and easy to make.
How long do they keep for? Not that they will last long but I am hoping to take some overseas with me for travel snacks.
Wonderful. I am not so familiar with coconut flour. The ones I make would last up to a couple of weeks in the fridge. Traveling – without a cooler – they might last up to 3 days, depending on the heat. I’ve used these for traveling myself 🙂 Travel well!
Schools here in Ontario will not allow any nut products in children’s lunches and my granddaughter absolutely adores these protein balls. I will need to experiment to see if there is something I could use in lieu of ground almonds. I’m not sure exactly what role the almonds play in this recipe.
BTW – it’s not just my granddaughter who loves these!!! It’s hard to keep them around. The first one I ate was straight out of Kim’s freezer.
Cynthia, this also work very well with ground sunflower seeds in place of ground almonds. Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe, Trinity!
Oh yes for sure Joanne!
I am pleased that you like this.
these just made the world a much more beautiful place to live in (i’m vegan for a month and that’s how long I haven’t eaten anything chocolaty, now these taste like heaven) : ) thank you
What a wonderful thing to hear egle! Congratulations on your vegan journey – there are loads of things here to help out and if you really get into it, you’ll love my books too.
Is it possible to add Goji berries to this?
Absolutely. The recipe works best because everything is ground down, which helps it all hold together – however, goji berries may still work a treat… I’ve not tried them with this particular version of power balls.
I made these last night and they are amazing! 🙂 I’ve wanted to incorporate many of these ingredients into my diet for a while and not known how …this recipe is genius!
I had to add a little more maple syrup to get mine to mould together but it worked fabulously.
I just wondered if you had the nutritional info on these? Or if I should just try to work it out based on all of the ingredients and approximate measures?
Delighted to hear it.
I don’t workout nutritional values, so unfortunately I can’t help with that one.
Absolutely LOVED these! I doubled the recipe and added two dates… and they were all gone by that night between my husband, toddler, and I! My only recommendation to others is to quadruple the recipe if you want to store extra in the fridge. I’m making more tonight. Thanks for posting this! I’m excited to check the rest of your site and recipes. 🙂
I’ve looked for more whole foods since being pregnant with my first son three years ago. And food has so much to do with spirituality so I love that you included that in your intro at the top of your page. It’s all connected.
Thank you for your comment. I am pleased that you guys enjoyed these. Spirituality and the inter-connectedness of all things is a very important part of my life, so I am delighted to know that you resonate with that aspect too.
Really good! I used whole hemp seeds and only used maybe 1 t. Agave and found them too dry to hold together so added about 1 T. Almond butter and splash of coconut milk and they held together beautifully! Also added some sea salt, Vietnamese cinnamon and rolled them in unsweetened shredded coconut.
I’ve just made these delicious little bits of taste teasers. I added some shelled hemp seeds, used carob instead of cacao and one tbl sp each of maple and date syrup. Thanks for this recipe and for introducing me to carob powder x
Im making my third batch with this recipe in the last 2 weeks ans this time Im making double the quantity ?
Both me and my husband love it but the biggest fan is our 19 month old.
I add dates instead of maple sugar and it helps bing the powerball super well. 7-8 mejdool dates for the quantities listed in your recipe.
Thank you for sharing this recipe.
Wonderful. That sounds like a great thing to do.
Would like to make this Nut free
Suggestions as to replace it with?
Making these for my boys soccer team !!!
Hey there – just replace the ground nuts with and ground seeds instead.
If I was making these for a bunch of lads then I would probably even go for this recipe: https://www.kindearth.net/super-seed-energy-balls-with-hemp-pumpkin-flax-and-sunflower-seeds/ (you can also use dates instead of raisins).
These are so good, so quick & effortless to make, not to mention there’s no guilt eating them either 🙂 they are the perfect little chocky hit.
I didn’t have hemp powder, so I substituted with Himalayan salted caramel plant protein powder (Prana on) and added two teaspoons of hemp seeds and one teaspoon extra of water.
Delish! 🌱 🇦🇺
Wonderful – happy to hear you find a beautiful alternative with what you have to hand.
These are great! I put a few balls with some coconut yoghurt and strawberries and made them into a breakfast thing. I also made double the recipe and will be making them again soon! Yum!
These are so delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂 I add a little extra feeling of indulgence by putting one sugar free chocolate chip in the centre. It’s a little added surprise and texture which I really like 🙂
Happy to hear it!
I plan to substitute hemp hearts add in coconut, a nut butter, cranberries, walnuts, and a few other seeds and maybe add in dates or date syrup too. Then I’ll add the recipe to the Fat Secret cookbook to get the nutritional information. I’ll let you how it comes out.
I look forward to hearing how they turned out 🙂
These are great! I double the hemp powder and chia seeds, and then add a little extra liquid. Today I used maple syrup and coconut oil (it’s hot so it’s liquid). And I used a mixture of whatever nuts I have. I like the suggestion of using seeds, I may have to try that next!
Happy to hear that Sarah 🙂
I just made these and really enjoyed them! I have a mix of flax/chia/hemp powders ready in the fridge at all times and I used 3 tbsp of that. Reduced the cacao to 1 tbsp and moistened it up with a bit of my homemade hazelnut milk (made from hazelnut butter). In the future I will experiment with adding ground sunflower and pumpkins seeds, walnuts and pecans – things I keep stocked on a regular basis. I like the suggestion about cranberries, nut butter and cinnamon. Will definitely make again. Thanks for the great inspiration with this recipe Anastasia!
That’s wonderful to hear Sarah. I love your idea of making hazelnut milk with hazelnut butter… I LOVE the stuff!!! And a great addition to moisten slightly. Thanks for your lovely comment x