Almond Joy Protein Balls

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

If you’re a long-time reader, you know just how much I love the flavor combination of chocolate + coconut + almond (i.e. No-Bake Almond Joy Cookies, Gluten-Free Almond Joy Cookies), so, obviously, it was just a matter of time before I created an Almond Joy Protein Ball recipe.

This one is especially awesome because it works with a variety of protein powder flavors– chocolate, vanilla, or coconut– and turns out well every time! Enjoy!


  • 4 Medjool dates (soak in water if they’re firm)
  • 1 scoop (~ 20g) vanilla, chocolate, or coconut protein powder (all 3 flavors work – coconut is my fav!)
  • 2 tbsp creamy almond butter
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Directions: Combine ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Roll batter into 8 balls and place on parchment paper. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Store balls in a plastic container with a lid in the fridge.

Makes 8 balls

Macros: P 4 C 14 F 6



  1. Love the new site look! 🙂 Also, I totally need to make these! Almond, chocolate, and coconut is my faaaaavorite combo!

  2. These look delicious. 🙂 Tina- I love the new design, but I’m on a mobile, and I don’t see a link anywhere from this page to go to your previous post. Am I missing it, or could it be added?

    1. Yay! So glad you like it! The mobile view actually hasn’t changed. Are you talking about the link at the bottom of the post on the desktop view? You can always click on the CNC logo on the mobile view to take you home.

  3. Love the new layout! I’ve been reading Carrots’n’Cake for years and love this blog. Lately I feel like it’s a lot of recipe and workout posts. Hope you bring back more content about you – day in the life, what you ate, etc… Those are my favorites!

  4. Love the new site design!! My only feedback is that the header at the top of your page comes own super low now, so when I scroll down to read a post, I can only read a few lines at a time because the header is so large. Maybe you could shorten it or give the option click on an X that would make the categories go away? Just a thought! 🙂

  5. I must be the exception to the rule – I don’t like the new layout… it does not feel like a personal blog anymore, more like a reference website. Run Eat Repeat did something similar last year (i think) and made me stop reading because you had to click through anything to read more than just the title… boo.

  6. Hi Tina! Longtime reader here with a question. I am wondering why it seems recently, your posts have mostly turned into pre-written, less personal content (recipes, workouts, guest writers, etc.) and moved away from your everyday life-type posts? Just looking at your latest posts, I see that 10 of the last 12 are posts like these.

    My intention is not to seem snarky or condescending in any way (please don’t take it like that!) but I’m just genuinely curious if you’ve decided to take a different direction with the blog with “evergreen content?” I feel like for at least the past month or couple of months, things have felt different.

    Also, secretly I’m hoping you’re planning on returning back to day-in-the-life/random musings type posts more frequently, because those are what I’ve always liked to read most here! 🙂

  7. Nice site redesign! However, I very much miss the links to the previous/next posts that used to be at the bottom of the posts.

  8. Hi Tina,

    I’m an interaction designer and this is my first visit to your new site. Great job on making it responsive, but the sticky header on desktop is terrible. It is way too tall. It takes up just less than half of my screen size on a 15in laptop. I highly recommend collapsing it into a smaller sticky header once a user begins to scroll. See for an example.

  9. I just modified this recipe to make it for my kids who were requesting “energy bites” and they loved it! Since they are frustratingly picky eaters I feel like I hit the jackpot with these balls, so I wanted to share my mods here:

    8 dates chopped
    2 TB melted coconut oil
    1/4 cup sunflower seed butter (to make it nut-free for school)
    1/2 cup oats
    1 scoop vanilla protein powder
    1/4 cup unsweetened coconut

    Whirred all this up in my food processor, then pulsed in about 2 TB of mini chocolate chips.

    I found without the oats these were a little too sticky to roll (maybe b/c I used sunflower butter instead of AB). I also used half the protein powder cuz I feel a little weird feeding it to my kids. Is it cool to feed it to kids? I have no idea. Then I basically doubled the recipe just so it would mix up better in the food processor. Also so I could eat some.

    These are delicious, thank you for the recipe!!!

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