Date & Cashew 
Protein Balls

Make a batch of date and cashew protein balls to have on hand to keep your blood sugar and energy levels from dropping throughout the day.

Date & Cashew Protein Balls recipe
Kris Osborne

*NOTE: Walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds can be substituted for the cashews, if preferred. The dates can also be replaced by dried figs or cranberries.

24 balls


  • 3/4 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 10 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder, plus additional, optional
  • 1 tsp hemp seeds


  1. Soak cashews in 1/4 cup water for 10 minutes.
  2. To a food processor, add cashews (including water), dates, cacao and hemp seeds; process until mixture forms a firm dough, about 2 minutes.
  3. Remove dough and form into bite-size balls by rolling between moistened hands. If desired, roll in additional cacao.
  4. Refrigerate for 15 to 20 minutes before serving to allow the balls to firm up, or place balls in a resealable bag and freeze for future use.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 2 balls
  • Calories 110
  • Carbohydrate Content 16 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 5 g
  • Fiber Content 2 g
  • Protein Content 3 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 2 g
  • Sodium Content 2 mg
  • Sugar Content 11.5 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 1 g