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Vanilla Maple Chocolate Chip Protein Bites

  • Author: Angela Simpson
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x


The cookie dough-like texture of these Vanilla Maple Chocolate Chip Protein Bites make them a healthy snack you’ll love to eat. They’re also paleo, vegan, gluten-free and grain-free!



  • 3 chopped pitted Medjool dates
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder of choice
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup natural almond butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp each vanilla extract and cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp maple extract (optional, for an even more noticeable maple flavour)
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips, chopped dark chocolate or cacao nibs


  1. Chop the dates into small pieces and set them in a bowl of warm water for about 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, stir together the almond flour, protein powder and sea salt in a large bowl.
  3. Discard all but about 2 tbsp water from the dates. Pour the dates and reserved soaking water and in the food processor. Whirl until they’re as broken down as you can get them.
  4. Add the almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and maple extract (if using). Continue processing until smooth, scraping down the edges of the processor bowl as needed.
  5. Gradually add the flour mixture to the processor, whirling to incorporate. If it looks too dry, add 1-2 tbsp water. (A little goes a long way!)
  6. Once even in consistency, pour the dough back into the big bowl. Knead in the chocolate chips.
  7. Wrap the dough in a ball and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.*
  8. Roll into 12 balls and store in the fridge, or sealed in the freezer.


*The chilling time isn’t absolutely mandatory, but I find that the dough is easier to work with when cold.

  • Category: snack
  • Method: no-bake

Keywords: energy bites, protein bites, gluten free, dairy free, paleo, grain free, snack, chocolate, vegan