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Irresistible Recipes for Protein and Energy Balls

Superfood Energy Balls

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It takes just 10 minutes, from start to finish, to prepare a batch of Eating Bird Food's ridiculously nutritious dried fruit, oat, and almond butter balls. Aim for an energy ball that offers 200–250 calories and 10–15 grams of protein for the perfect nutrient mix, says Erin Thole, R.D., spokesperson for the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics based in Des Moines, Iowa.

104 calories, 2 grams protein

Get the recipe: Superfood Energy Balls

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Protein-Packed Coconut Macaroons

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If you call a snack by the name of a dessert, it tastes more decadent, right? Follow Foodie Fiasco's lead and savor a few of her skinny yet sweet energy balls that taste remarkably similar to the beloved coconut cookies.

23 calories, 3 grams protein

Get the recipe: Protein-Packed Coconut Macaroons

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Chocolate–Peanut Butter Energy Balls

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Mashed banana acts as the "glue" while half a scoop of protein powder adds a touch of muscle-building power. If eating something that tastes like a peanut butter cup for a healthy snack is wrong, we don't want to be right.

60 calories, 3 grams protein

Get the recipe: Chocolate–Peanut Butter Energy Balls 

Related: The Best Protein Powders for Women, According to Nutritionists

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5-Ingredient Chocolate-Almond Energy Balls

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All the taste of brownies without any of the baking (or the butter)? So. Sold. The nutty almond coating makes The Fitchen's chocolate energy balls even more tempting—without additional sugar.

87 calories, 2 grams protein

Get the recipe: 5-Ingredient Chocolate-Almond Energy Balls

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Spirulina Energy Globes

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Sweet dates and salty nuts make the antioxidant-loaded algae barely noticeable (besides in the color). Dried apricots add a nice tropical, sweet quality to these unique energy balls from Nutrition Stripped.

115 calories, 3 grams protein

Get the recipe: Spirulina Energy Globes

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Peanut Butter Protein Balls

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Start with just three ingredients and add in any of Desserts with Benefits' flavor-boosters (we suggest a cookie version with oats and chocolate) for a fast and filling snack. Opt for a gluten-free or dairy-free protein powder, if desired, and make these energy balls vegan by swapping in maple syrup or agave for the honey.

110 calories, 8 grams protein

Get the recipe: Peanut Butter Protein Balls

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Almond Pistachio Cocoa Bites

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These bite-size energy balls take just minutes to whip up! They're made with Mamma Chia Organic Chia Seeds, which provide a satiating mix of protein, fiber, and healthy fat. The pistachios and almond butter offer additional protein and healthy fat.

180 calories, 6 grams protein

Get the recipe: Almond Pistachio Cocoa Bites

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Pumpkin Peanut Butter Bites

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Pumpkin plus peanut butter? Bring it. "Whether it's first thing in the morning or midafternoon, we all need an energy boost at some point during the day," says Julie Harrington, R.D., blogger at RDelicious Kitchen. "The key to snacking is finding a combination with a balance of carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, and fiber. These bites have that balance for an energy-boosting snack."

161 calories, 6 grams protein 

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Peanut Butter Bites

Related: 10 Creative Ways to Use Canned Pumpkin

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Spicy Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls

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"These spicy and sweet energy balls are made with wholesome ingredients like medjool dates, dried cherries, roasted unsalted almonds, and a hint of spice," says Shannon A. Garcia, M.D.S., R.D., blogger at KISS in the Kitchen. "With a slight kick, they're sure to help keep you full until your next meal."

82 calories, 2 grams protein

Get the recipe: Spicy Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls

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Vegan Fruit, Nut, and Seed Energy Bites

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"These energy balls are powered by plant-based protein and complex carbohydrates from chia seeds, flax seeds, and oatmeal," says Emily Kyle, M.S., R.D.N., owner of Emily Kyle Nutrition. "Paired with slivered almonds and almond butter, these bites have all the nutrition and energy you need for a well-balanced snack. Simply throw all of the ingredients together in a bowl, mix, and roll."

130 calories, 4 grams protein

Get the recipe: Vegan Fruit, Nut, and Seed Energy Bites

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Chocolate, Banana, and Peanut Butter Energy Bites

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"These little energy balls are a perfect sweet and salty recovery food," says Anne Danahy, M.S., R.D.N., blogger at Craving Something Healthy. "They're packed with protein and healthy carbs to refuel your muscles, as well as potassium and some sodium to replace lost electrolytes. Keep them in your freezer, and grab a few when you head out the gym."

130 calories, 6 grams protein

Get the recipe: Chocolate, Banana, and Peanut Butter Energy Bites

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Energy Blasts

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"This recipe has a high protein and healthy fat content, thanks to nuts and seeds, which help release energy over time versus an immediate sugar rush that can come from high carb-based snacks," says Mandy Enright, M.S., R.D.N., R.Y.T., blogger at Nutrition Nuptials. "Plus, the fiber will help keep you feeling more satisfied and less likely to snack again before your next meal."

155 calories, 5 grams protein

Get the recipe: Energy Blasts

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Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

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Seeds and spice—so nice! "These are a great snack because they're packed with heart-healthy fats and zinc, plus plenty of filling fiber," says Jessica Cording, M.S., R.D., of Keeping It Real Food. "They make a naturally sweet alternative to sugary snack bars."

110 calories, 3 grams protein

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

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Chocolate-Drizzled Granola Balls

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"These easy-to-make, no-bake energy balls are the perfect snack," say Lyssie Lakatos, R.D.N., C.D.N., C.F.T., and Tammy Lakatos Shames, R.D.N., C.D.N., C.F.T., co-owners of Nutrition Twins. "Made with whole-grain oats for energy-revving carbohydrates and combined with almond butter and chia seeds for nutrient-packed protein and fiber, these bites provide a long-lasting fuel burst.”

59 calories, 1 gram protein

Get the recipe: Chocolate-Drizzled Granola Balls

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Almond Butter and Jelly Energy Bites

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Talk about a nutritious, yummy spin on PB&J. "Packed with chia, hemp seeds, and flax seeds, these almond butter and jelly energy balls are the perfect energy-boosting snack to power you through the day," says Kara Lydon, R.D., R.Y.T., author of Nourish Your Namaste.

63 calories, 2 grams protein

Get the recipe: Almond Butter and Jelly Energy Bites

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No-Bake Apple Peanut Butter Energy Bites

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With sweetness from apples, dates, and cinnamon, these energy balls combine favorite fall flavors. "These are a perfect bite of fall flavor with no added sugar," says Chrissy Carroll, R.D., blogger at Snacking in Sneakers. "The subtle sweetness is thanks to the addition of dates and apples, while peanut butter and chia seeds bring tasty healthy fats to the table."

120 calories, 4 grams protein

Get the recipe: No-Bake Apple Peanut Butter Energy Bites

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Raw Cashew Cacao Goji Protein Snacks

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Presenting a combo of dates, cashews, goji berries, and more, these bites provide plant-based nutrients. "These energy balls make a great midafternoon snack," says sports dietitian Kelly Jones, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D. "The protein, fiber, and healthy fats will keep you full until dinner—and with no added sugar, you won't have a crash in energy levels."

89 calories, 4 grams protein

Get the recipe: Raw Cashew Cacao Goji Protein Snacks

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Walnut Protein Balls

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This protein bite combines walnuts with oatmeal, honey, and more. "Energy balls are a great emergency snack with zero preservatives and chemicals," says Kelli Shallal, M.P.H., R.D., C.P.T., blogger at Hungry Hobby. "Full of healthy fats, they are a convenient way to quickly satisfy your hunger!"

84 calories, 5 grams protein

Get the recipe: Walnut Protein Balls

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