These diabetic protein balls are packed full of protein, healthy fats, and carbs! These no-bake chocolate energy balls for diabetics are vegan, healthy, refined sugar-free, and easy to make. It is such a simple recipe full of natural ingredients and requires no baking.
Enjoy the energy bites with no added sugar any time of day, and keep them in the fridge to pull out as needed for a delicious sweet treat. You can also eat these diabetic protein balls before a workout or hike, as they are a great snack to keep your energy levels up. Anyone looking for healthy snack ideas with a low glycemic index will love these oatmeal protein energy balls with hemp seeds.
The diabetic bliss balls recipe with dates and cocoa powder are so yummy! They are ultra chewy, soft, naturally sweet, and satisfy sweet cravings. The combination of healthy carbs, protein, and unsaturated anti-inflammatory fats provides long-lasting energy, making them the ultimate diabetic snack.
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These energy balls for diabetics are made with:
How to make chocolate energy balls with dates
To make these no-bake energy balls for diabetics, you will need a high-speed blender. Alternatively, you can use a high-quality food processor.
The optimum 9200 blender and Vitamix blender are top of the range blenders for grinding nuts, seeds, and dates to make these raw energy balls.
Start by measuring the oats, hemp seeds, and walnuts into the blender and pulse the blender until you have a flour-like consistency.
Walnuts have an oily texture that can be harder to blend into flour. Combining the walnuts with the oats and hemp seeds to blend creates the perfect homemade flour blend for these chocolate energy balls.
If you over grind the flour, the result will be a smoother, chewy energy ball. For a nuttier texture, blend the flour mixture until it is slightly chunky.
Place the oat, walnut hemp four into a mixing bowl. Blend the dates with the almond milk and vanilla extract into a smooth wet paste to naturally sweeten the chocolate energy balls.
Combine the dates with the flour blend and cacao powder in the mixing bowl and stir using a large spoon to form a thick dough paste. Spoon a round blob into your hand and roll the raw chocolate mixture into energy balls.
This chocolate energy ball recipe will make ten medium-sized bliss balls about 1.5 inches round. You can make your raw energy balls smaller or larger. It’s all about creating the perfect protein ball snack size for you!
Store the chocolate protein balls in the fridge in an airtight container. They should last weeks in the fridge if you don’t eat them right away.
These healthy energy balls are packed full of nutrition and are a great healthy snack for weight loss. They contain zero processed fats and sugar making them diabetic-friendly protein balls. Processed fats and saturated fats are the worst fats for diabetes.
During my diagnosis of gestational diabetes, I noticed that the combination of saturated or processed fats combined with sugar or refined carbohydrates elevated my blood sugar levels the most.
I ate a store-bought vegan chocolate bar, resulting in one of my highest blood sugar readings. This chocolate bar contained processed saturated fats (coconut oil) and sugar. The worst combination for causing high blood sugar are saturated fats and processed sugar. Saturated fats, in particular, cause insulin resistance.
I was craving chocolate like crazy, so I made these diabetic-friendly protein balls with dates, cacao powder, and unprocessed nuts, seeds, and oats. The result: a gestational diabetes-friendly sweet treat that I could enjoy!
These energy balls with dates are nutrient-dense. A little goes a long way, so savor each bite!
If you crave chocolate, what are you lacking?
A chocolate craving frequently indicates a magnesium deficiency as raw cacao powder is an excellent source of magnesium, and magnesium deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies. Here is a list of vegan magnesium rich foods for weight loss.
Ensuring adequate magnesium for diabetics is crucial as magnesium deficiency and been associated with diabetes and insulin resistance. Processed sugar and carbohydrates have been stripped of magnesium which is essential for glucose utilization in the body. These no-bake protein balls are fantastic diabetic snacks high in magnesium to support optimal glucose utilization in the body.
I used hemp seeds as a plant-based source of protein in these protein balls for diabetics, although for a higher protein content bliss ball, you can add a small amount of protein powder such as pea protein, collagen powder, or whey protein to the base recipe. Be sure to use an unflavored protein powder that contains no artificial sweeteners, as they will overpower the natural flavors.
Store-bought protein bars are often marketed as healthy snacks when they are full of processed protein flours and loaded with sugar. These diabetic-friendly protein balls are one of my favorite recipes, especially when craving a tasty snack low in sugar yet high in protein and healthy fats.
Benefits of no-bake diabetic protein balls
Hemp seeds are full of plant-based protein and essential fatty acids. They are also one of the best superfoods and provide a delicious nutty texture.
Walnuts are among the best sources of anti-inflammatory omega-three fats that many people lack. Omega 3 fats are fantastic for weight loss and brain function. The addition of walnuts makes these chocolate energy balls the perfect brain food. Studies suggest that walnut intake decreases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Raw oats are a healthy whole food carbohydrate that makes the ultimate chewy energy ball when ground into flour.
Raw cacao powder is a superfood in itself, full of antioxidants. It is also rich in magnesium which is the most common nutritional deficiency. No wonder we crave chocolate so often. We need magnesium. If you crave chocolate, you likely lack magnesium.
Dates are the perfect way to sweeten these diabetic protein balls naturally. When sugar is found in nature and combined with fiber, it is released much slower into the body and is way less detrimental.
So hop into the kitchen, make these healthy chocolate energy balls for diabetics, and enjoy them guilt-free. They are healthy! For more healthy treats, you may also like this coconut chocolate recipe.
Chocolate Diabetic Protein Balls
- High speed blender
- Mixing bowl
- Place walnuts, oats and hemp seeds into a high speed blender and blend until you have a flour consistency. Pour into a a mixing bowl and combine with cacoa powder.
- Place dates, almond milk and vanilla extract into the blender and blend into a smooth wet consistency. Add to the mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
- Mix all the ingredietns with a spoon into a dough. Form into round bliss balls using the palm of yoru hand to roll into a ball.
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