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No-bake mocha protein balls

Eat like an Olympian with this easy pre-workout snack that's our version of a favorite of gold medal ski racer Lindsay Vonn.

  • Yield: 12 bites
  • Prep time: 15 minutes

This protein ball recipe is one that will take you just minutes to prepare, but can yield hours of energy when you need it most – right before an epic, once-in-a-lifetime athletic competition, perhaps?

Made with simple and highly nutritious ingredients and a touch of Mediterranean flavor, these protein balls will become your go-to snack for a pre-workout boost. This recipe is inspired by the "coffee bliss balls" prepared by chef Dan Churchill, who is Lindsay Vonn's personal chef. Vonn is a world champion ski racer who's won two Olympic medals, one of them gold.


  • 1/2 cup moist pitted dates*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 ounces espresso
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or almonds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder**
  • Coating

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom


Place first 8 ingredients in a food processor. Blend until completely pulverized, scraping down the sides as needed.

Use a cookie scoop or large spoon to measure and roll into evenly sized balls. Refrigerate 30 minutes to harden.

Combine remaining coconut flour and cardamom in a small bowl. Roll balls in them, and then serve.

Store in an airtight container for 24 hours, or freeze for later use.

Adapted from a recipe by

*If dates are not moist, pour espresso over them and soak for 15-20 minutes to soften.

**When cacao powder is not available, cocoa powder may be subbed. Cocoa powder is typically roasted at high temperatures to manufacture and has fewer health benefits than raw cacao – which retains the healthy enzymes of the cacao bean and contains higher levels of antioxidants.

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