Step Up Your Snacking Game With This Salted Chocolate Protein Balls Recipe

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The most vital part of any healthy diet is nailing the nutritional make-up of your main meals, but the importance of snacking should never be underestimated. All the chicken-breast-and-broccoli dinners in the world won’t bring your weight down if you stuff your face with cake and biscuits in between.

One surefire way to ensure your snacks don’t derail a healthy diet is to make them yourself, because it’s basically impossible to sneak a load of added sugar into something you’re making yourself without realising it’s happening.

This salted caramel protein balls recipe from Body Design ticks all the boxes for a fulfilling yet healthy treat. It contains oats, cashews and almond butter to fill you up with unsaturated fats and fibre, plus dates and a little dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth.

The ingredients also include one sachet of Body Design’s vanilla shake, a meal replacement shake that’s high in protein and fibre. It’s designed to be used in a calorie-restricted diet but works just as well, if not better, as supplement here.

Best of all, the protein balls shouldn’t take more than a jiffy to make. Plus an hour in the freezer to set, but you don’t have to be there for that.

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Ingredients (Makes Nine Balls)

  • ½ cup (75g) oats
  • ½ cup (55g) cashews
  • 1½ cup (260g) dates
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 sachet vanilla Body Design shake
  • 2tbsp almond butter
  • Drizzle of melted dark chocolate (you can decide on what that means, but if you go overboard, expect the nutritional info below to change drastically)


  1. Put the oats and cashews in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend again until all ingredients are well combined.
  3. Roll the mixture into balls and pop these into the freezer for an hour to set.
  4. Drizzle with a little melted dark chocolate and enjoy.

Nutritional Info (Per Ball)

Calories 159
Protein 5.7g
Fats 5.5g
Carbs 23.4g

Nick Harris-Fry
Senior writer

Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.