MCLV Mange: Healthy Protein Snacks

One of my favorite quick & easy snacks are date balls. You can call them energy bites or protein balls, but the premise is simple – Blend dates to create a sticky paste and then add whatever ingredients you’d like.

Some of my favorite combinations are dates, nuts, chia seeds, and coconut.


  • 1 Cup Dates
  • 3/4 Cup Almonds, cashews, walnuts, or pecans {Really, any nut you’d like} or substitute 2-3 Tablespoons of powdered peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1-3 Tbsp Liquid {Like em sweet? Try maple syrup. Want to add some protein? Use hemp milk. Keeping it simple? Water!}

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  • Blend dates & nuts in a food processor until they start to form a doughy ball
  • Add your additional ingredients – Shredded coconut, sesame seeds, ginger, raw cacao or carob, chia seeds, lemon zest, protein powder… The options are endless!
  • Add liquid a tablespoon at a time as, and if, needed. You want the dough to be sticky enough to stay together, without being wet.
  • Once desired consistency is achieved spoon the dough out and use your hands to roll into small balls.
  • Place in a bowl or Tupperware dish in the fridge or if you’re saving for later just pop them in the freezer.

The hardest part for me is not eating them all immediately…

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series to see what you’ve missed so far:


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