Chocolate Truffle Protein Balls

by | Jan 23, 2017

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[Disclaimer: This article was previously sponsored by Iron Vegan. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by Iron Vegan.]

I was introduced to Iron Vegan in early 2016. Their Athlete’s Blend is certified vegan, gluten-free and kosher and is designed to aggressively support the needs of the most ambitious athletes.

No, you don’t have to be vegan to use Iron Vegan. I’m not vegan. I simply adopt a more plant-based way of eating to fuel my performance as an athlete, and I do not eat dairy (which rules out whey and casein). 

There are no questionable ingredients in Iron Vegan products. There are no sugars hidden under other names such as maltodextrin, maltose, dextrin, sucrose, fructose etc. With just 1 gram of sugar per scoop and ingredients I can trust as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Iron Vegan is a product I can recommend to my clients.

I love that Iron Vegan’s Athlete’s Blend and Sprouted Protein mixes very easily and doesn’t have the typical gritty, earthy taste or texture of most plant-based protein powders.

But, this post wasn’t supposed to be about the product, as much as it was supposed to be about a delicious protein balls recipe I created on the weekend!

I have a recipe for chocolate truffle balls that I make once in a while, but I wanted to try and turn them into protein balls. I made a few changes to the recipe, and it was a huge success! My next project will be to make bars with them instead of balls.

Homemade Protein Balls

Chocolate Truffle Protein Balls

Melissa Boufounos
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Snack


  • food processor


  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates soaked for 5 minutes
  • 1 scoop Iron Vegan Athlete's Blend Natural Chocolate flavour
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 2 tsp maca powder
  • 2 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tbsp water if necessary


  • Soak dates in a bowl of water for 5 minutes. Drain the dates and place in food processor.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend until well combined and starting to clump together. If you press the dough together it should stick. If the mixture doesn’t feel very sticky, add the ½ tbsp. of water.
  • Roll dough into balls.


I was able to make 14 balls from my batch
This is a really easy base recipe that you could totally get creative with and add your own ingredients to.
I will be making bars using this same base recipe but may add some other nuts and seeds, cranberries or cacao nibs depending on what’s in my pantry and what I feel like experimenting with.

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Written by Melissa Boufounos

I’m a certified holistic nutritionist in the Ottawa area. As a longtime athlete, my focus is in performance-based nutrition coaching for young athletes and obstacle course race athletes. My mission is to help the next generation of athletes optimize their nutrition so they can optimize their performance.

Hi, I’m Melissa Boufounos!

I’m a certified holistic nutritionist in the Ottawa area. My mission is to help the next generation of athletes optimize their nutrition so they can optimize their performance.

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