Protein Power Balls

by Heather

cashew apricot balls

Go ahead and get your jokes out of the way. These are protein power balls are the perfect post workout snack. They’re gluten free, dairy free, and chock full of goodness.

When you workout, it’s important to fuel yourself properly. That means you have to EAT!

It’s extra to important to have something to eat after a long, hard workout, especially to help you recover for your next workout.

I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do after a hard run or weight-lifting session is use extra energy to chew. {That sounds silly, but try being utterly exhausted and out of breath, and still manage to eat gracefully…}

I love the idea of these guys:

clif shot roks

Little, pre-packaged protein bites. They’re portable, convenient, and are filled with protein for recovery. But they’re processed and full of stuff I don’t need. Plus, they’re incredible difficult to chew.

Power protein balls are the perfect solution. I wasn’t the first one to come up with blending fruit and nuts together and rolling them into balls, but most people use Medjool dates. Have you ever tried to buy fresh Medjool dates? Hello,  $$$ price tag! The last thing I’m going to do with those guys is blend them into oblivion so I can’t taste them.

So I dug through my dried fruit stash and pulled out one of my favorite snacks. Dried apricots!

dried apricot snacks

Dump everything in a food processor and blend. It may not all come together, but as you roll small sections into balls, it’ll stick, I promise.

protein balls

My favorites are the ones rolled in extra coconut. They taste like cookies. Or doughnuts. Or something yummier than balls of fruit and nut.

apricot cashew protein balls

raw cookie dough truffles


So what does this have to do with ease of eating after a workout?

after workout mini protein balls

My secret: I make mini balls. What’s better than protein packed snacks? Mini protein power balls. Smaller than bite-size. Effort-free chewing. Just pop them in a baggie and stick them in your gym bag. Problem solved.

post workout fuel

Cashew Apricot Balls

by with a Side of Sneakers


  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Sunwarrior)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes


Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend.

Roll into balls.

Serve as is or chilled.

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Like these? Try these no-bake oatmeal truffles.

What do you like to eat after a workout?

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Brittany April 6, 2011 at 8:17 am
Your balls look great! :)
Kara April 6, 2011 at 9:03 am
I think my biggest take away from this post is that you have a labeled box for your dried fruit. I think my pantry would make you cry :)
Heather April 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm
Haha oh don't let it fool you.... my pantry can get quite scary ;)
Kelly April 6, 2011 at 9:07 am
Brilliant!! I usually work out first thing in the morning so after my workout I just eat breakfast.
Liz @ IHeartVegetables April 6, 2011 at 9:20 am
Those look delicious!!! I'd probably eat WAY too many haha
Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 6, 2011 at 10:19 am
I love the mini balls - so convenient! :)
Renée April 6, 2011 at 10:38 am
My friend recently asked me if I could make something with apricots for her mother. I know she adores date balls, so these would probably be perfect for her! Thanks!
Faith @ lovelyascharged April 6, 2011 at 11:09 am
I am so excited for these balls! I really dont like medjool dates, but I love the idea of little energy bites. Problem solved - THANK YOU!
AlisonM April 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm
This is a recipe made in heaven for me: dried apricots, cashews, ginger and coconut are 4 of my all-time favourite ingredients! When I come off my dried-fruit ban at the weekend I might just break it with these :)
Heather April 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm
How perfect!! :)
Jen @ What's on Jen's Plate? April 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm
What a wonderful idea! I know that I almost always forget to eat something after a workout. Most of the time I'm just not hungry. But these small bites are a great idea! Thanks for sharing!
Elizabeth April 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm
First of all, I love that you labeled your dried fruit box. Secondly, I like making a protein "Creamsicle" shake - vanilla protein powder, orange juice, and almond/hemp milk.
Molly April 6, 2011 at 8:34 pm
These look awesome!! A glass of chocolate milk is always so refreshing!
Renée April 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm
Just as a follow-up to my last comment- I made these and took them over to my friend's mom this morning. She LOVED them, they were a huge hit! Thanks again for the recipe!
Heather April 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm
Oh I'm so glad she liked them! Yay!! :)
Karolina April 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm
This look great! Thanks for sharing:)
Sneaky Vegan April 13, 2011 at 5:35 am
These look great! So cool to find recipes from a vegan athlete too. You are my new hero!
Sneaky Vegan April 13, 2011 at 5:37 am
Oops - just noticed you're not actually vegan. I like you even better now =)
Jennifer @ A Busy Nest April 23, 2011 at 8:11 pm
These are great! I can't wait to try the recipe.
Sock Runner April 30, 2011 at 1:21 am
They look like donuts. That's what's making me salivate right now. LOL. But do they taste good?
Heather April 30, 2011 at 9:45 am
Absolutely!! Not like donuts though haha
Dina March 11, 2015 at 11:41 pm
They look yummy do you by chance have the nutritional information servings per ball, fat, protein?

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