This recipe is a great snack to take on the go. Think of it as a replacement for a store-bought energy or granola bar. Unlike most commercial bars, these balls have balanced carbohydrate to protein ratio. This means you won’t be hungry 15 minutes later because the protein keeps you feeling full for longer.

Prep Time: 5 minutes 

Total Time: 25 minutes 

Servings: 12


  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 4 tablespoons almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons dry roasted cocoa nibs (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 3 scoops unflavored Ascent whey protein powder (or another brand protein powder you have on hand. Avoid powders with too many ingredients and added sugars.)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)


  • Mix all ingredients together
  • If too dry, add a small drop of water to moisten
  • Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes
  • Remove and make into 12 balls


Recipe adapted from Healthy Steps Nutrition