Pulse nuts in a food processor until they are in small pieces. Some larger pieces will remain, and some of the pieces will be very small.
1 cup nuts
Add the pitted dates, bananas, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Process until the mixture comes together in one large ball. Depending on the size of the dates, you may need to add a few more to get the mixture to come together.
12-15 dates, 1/2 cup dried baby bananas, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Add the chocolate chips and pulse a few times to incorporate.
2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
Pinch off a small bit of mixture and roll it into a ball about the size of a small ping pong ball.
Store in an air-tighter container on the counter. They will keep for up to 2 weeks.
Look for dried baby bananas and NOT banana chips and NOT freeze-dried bananas. Baby bananas are soft and squishy; banana chips are hard and crispy.
Use your favorite nuts/whatever you have on hand. This is a very forgiving and easily adaptable recipe.
Banana Protein Balls
Amount Per Serving (1 ball)
Calories 75Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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