1st Blogiversary + Grain-free Coconut Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Balls

Hey, it’s my first blogiversary! Yay! I’m a little surprised I made it because I’m pretty fickle. But it’s been a lot of fun and I now feel like I have more of a purpose. Really. So thanks everyone. It wouldn’t be nearly as fun if you all weren’t reading and commenting. :)

I wish I had a birthday cake for today but all I have are these balls. Yup, more balls. After cleaning (er, shoving stuff into cabinets / closets) non-stop for a week and then planning Mr. Texanerin’s surprise party, I’m exhausted. So no birthday cake today.

By the way, if you ever need a way to pull off a surprise party, just say that your colleague is paying you to make all the food for her husband’s birthday party. This only works if you like to cook and bake. :) It was a nice plan because I didn’t have time to do everything by myself so Mr. Texanerin unknowingly cleaned and helped cook and bake for his own party. And he didn’t complain because, “Wow! You’re going to get so much money for this!” Yeah! :D Then go to the movies, have the friends come over and pop everything in the oven, and return home on time so that the “colleague” can pick up the food. Easy! He was totally clueless.

Anyway, about these balls, there’s no added sugar at all but they’re still slightly sweet and they definitely satisfy my sweets cravings. You could add flax seeds, oats, peanuts, chocolate chips, or whatever else you want to add to these. They seem pretty flexible. If you’re making these for the kids, I’m guessing they’d want a little added honey added in to the chocolate part. The chocolate part isn’t super chocolately or sweet so add some chocolate chips if you want. These don’t taste like peanut butter and chocolate fudge or anything like that. They’re obviously healthy, but I still love them. Especially before my morning exercise.

They stay soft at room temperature, but they’re not gooey. Although if you live somewhere really warm, they might be gooey at room temperature. They get kind of crumbly in the fridge so I wouldn’t recommend that.

You could also leave out the protein powder. I just added it for bulk. It’s probably not necessary but they’ll be a lot softer without it. Oh, and the predominant taste is coconut and peanut butter. The chocolate layer isn’t all that strong.

These were inspired by Sonia’s peanut butter and chocolate energy squares (and my peanut butter layer is pretty much the same) and triple decker peanut butter squares. I wanted to make both of them but just got frustrated choosing between the two and just came up with something different. Thanks for the inspiration, Sonia! :)

Grain-free Coconut Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Balls

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  • Yield: 16 one-inch balls


    Chocolate layer:

  • 1/2 cup (50 grams) walnuts
  • 16 (100 grams) dates1
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder2
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Peanut butter layer:

  • 2 tablespoons unflavored protein powder
  • 5 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 5 tablespoons coconut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Grind the walnuts and dates in the bowl of your food processor until the walnuts are finely ground. Add the peanut butter, cocoa powder and vanilla and process until thoroughly combined and uniform. Take this out of the bowl and roll the dough out onto a Silpat or a piece of parchment paper like this. I rolled it over half of the Silpat, using the other half of the Silpat to cover the dough so that my pin wouldn't get dirty.

  2. In a small or medium bowl, combine the protein powder, peanut butter, coconut butter and vanilla. I used my fingers to get it all combined but you could use an electric mixer if you like. Sprinkle this mixture on top of the chocolate layer.

  3. Then roll this out. Cut into squares and stack two squares on top of each other, like this.

  4. Roll into a ball or leave them as a square. It'll depend on how big you make them, but I got about 16 one-inch balls. Store at room temperature.


  1. I used normal dates, if you use Medjool, you'd need less. Just go by weight.
  2. The chocolate layer isn't really very chocolately. If you're looking for a strong chocolate taste, add some chopped chocolate or maybe just more cocoa powder and some honey.

Recipe by  | www.texanerin.com

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42 comments on “1st Blogiversary + Grain-free Coconut Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Balls” — Add one!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog says
    September 14, 2013 @ 4:01 am

    I made these this evening. Oh my, they’re so good! Definitely a must make.

  • HBee says
    October 28, 2012 @ 2:08 am

    Happy one year!!
    how long do these keep in the fridge?

    • Erin replies to HBee
      October 28, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

      Thank you! :) And they'll stay good for at least a month. I had some in there that I forgot about for longer than that and it wasn't a problem!

  • Erin says
    September 16, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    Haha that is a good plan for a surprise party!
    Happy blogiversary! And these look just perfect…my favorite flavor combination, of course. :)

    • Erin replies to Erin
      September 26, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

      Sorry I missed this! Thank you, Erin. :) And I'm happy to know you're a peanut butter chocolate lover!

  • Erin says
    September 15, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    Sally – Thank you! :)

  • sally @ sallysbakingaddiction says
    September 13, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY ERIN! So much to celebrate! And You know I'm a PB + chocolte sucker. Love these! They are so pretty too :)

  • Erin says
    September 12, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    Dawn – Thank you! I hope that you find some baking time soon. Or maybe it's better that you wait until it's cooler. :)

  • Dawn says
    September 12, 2012 @ 4:20 am

    Happy anniversary! I saw the bundt cake too, and that looks awesome as well. I'm wishing I had more time to bake right now, but it will have to wait..

  • Erin says
    September 11, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    Marta – Thanks! :)

  • Marta@What Should I eat For Breakfast Today says
    September 10, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

    Happy blogiversary :) And the balls are perfect.

  • Erin says
    September 10, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    lada – Thanks! I'm happy someone likes the almond flour recipes. Thanks for letting me know. :)

    Lakshmi – Thanks! :)

  • Lakshmi @Purevegetarian says
    September 9, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • lada fleischmanova says
    September 9, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    Hi, I love your photos, those look great too. I also like all of your almond bakes and looking forward to your next one. Thank you.

  • Erin says
    September 8, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

    Ashley – Thanks! And I'm happy you found me too. :)

    Anna – Thank you! I think I will stick with it. :)

    Chung-Ah – Haha… that made me laugh. Thanks. :)

    Barbara – Thanks! And well, they're not super chocolately. Not with just cocoa powder and dates. But they definitely satisfied my cravings. :)

    Heidi – Thanks Heidi! I'm happy you like my blog. And you know that I love yours too, right? :) You could use that surprise party trick too. It'd definitely be believable!

    Laura – Thanks! I hope you like the balls. Just remember not to expect some fudgy like balls. I really enjoy them, they're just not fudgy. :)

  • Laura @ anitaliancanadianlife says
    September 8, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    Congratulations and happy blogiversary! This recipe is an awesome one to be celebrating with and I'll definitely be trying it out. Still loving the blog (and the beautiful photos). Here's to another great year!

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles says
    September 7, 2012 @ 11:23 pm

    Happy blogiversary!! I seriously thought you must have been blogging longer than a year. You know I love your blog(at least I hope you do!), I always look forward to your posts! I'm looking forward to lots more :D
    These balls look so yummy… Seriously what is better than chocolate and peanut butter? :D
    Oh, and I almost forgot to mention – you are the surprise party master! That is such an awesome trick!

  • My Italian Smorgasbord says
    September 7, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

    this could be the answer to my craving for something incredibly good and chocolaty and guilt-free. thank you for the how-to pictures and happy blog-versary!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says
    September 7, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    Happy blogiversary! Keep up the amazing work! And these protein balls – YES PLEASE! I could eat 20 of these right about now!

  • Anna @ hiddenponies says
    September 7, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    Happy blogiversary!! So glad you're enjoying it, I hope you keep sticking with it, your blog is beautiful! Also, nice balls :)

  • Ashley - Baker by Nature says
    September 7, 2012 @ 2:30 am

    Happy Blogiversary! Glad I found you now ;) And these balls look rockin'!!!

  • Erin says
    September 6, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

    Miryam – Did you look it up? I'm interested! Just remember your son might like some honey in these… they're not very sweet! Can you take the test whenever you want is it something like twice a year? I hope you can do it soon and have more baking time. :)

    JulieD – Thank you! :D

    Sonia – What I originally did was the four layer squares, kind of like you see, and they looked SO neat! But then the next time I made them, I rolled them too thin. So I made balls. I didn't serve these at the party… I think they're a bit too healthified for the crowd at the party. :( I'm happy to have inspired you through your inspiration to me! Or something like that. Thanks for the oodles of compliments. :)

    Erin – The coconut butter is important! But you can make your own. I'll link to the recipe in a minute. And thank you. :)

    Rachel – Thanks!

    Angela – It's a nice thing… Silpats. I never ever clean my rolling pin. :) And thank you for the nice words!

    Sarah – Thank you! :)

  • baking.serendipity says
    September 6, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

    You are a surprise party genius! And a fantastic blogger :) Love these balls more than a cake anyway…happy one year!

  • Angela @ AnotherBitePlease says
    September 6, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!! Keep on blogging I love your recipes!!! And love your tip with keeping rolling pin clean.

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says
    September 6, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

    Happy blogiversary!! :)

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says
    September 5, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!!! You are hilarious, what a way to trick the hubby!
    I love these little balls – totally going to have to try them. I think I have everything, but the coconut butter.

  • Sonia! The Healthy Foodie says
    September 5, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    WOOOOOO!!!! Happy Blogiversary! Has it only been one year? I can't believe it. Surely you forgot one or two…

    And you are such a sneaky little one! What a great way to throw a surprise party!

    Did you serve these delicious looking balls at the party? I can't believe that I inspired them. They look sooooo delish, I was drooling all over the place looking at them and then read that I was behind the inspiration. Wow! I am honored!

    I love how they look in a square too, especially when double layered. They remind me of licorice all sorts (oh-lord-have-mercy-on-me-love-those so-very-much-don't-even-leave-a-bag-in-front-of me). I think you have just inspired another creation here.

    So I inspire you, you inspire me back.

    I like that! :)

    And I like your balls, too! :)

  • JulieD says
    September 5, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

    Love this…I remember them on instagram!! Congrats!!! Woohoo!!! :D

  • eatgood4life.blogspot.com says
    September 5, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

    Wow a year already? no way. Time sure flies by! Congrats. I actually don't know when mine is :-) I will have to check it out.

    I don't mind not having a cake at all. These balls look really good and the ingredient list is superb. I should make something like this for my son as a school snack. He would love to show them off in school :-) I just need to take my test already and have more time in the kitchen, which is lacking and I hate it. I love to bake.

    Anyhow, congrats again, and thanks for showing the method on how you came up with the swirl effect. I know that will help me :-)

  • Erin says
    September 5, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    Amy – Thank you!

    Becca – That makes today your second blogiversary. YAY! Congratulations. :)

    Claire – Haha, thanks. :)

    Katrina – Thank you!

    Julie – Thanks! But they were created out of failure to form pretty squares. Oh well. I guess they don't look so bad. :)

    Kathryn – Thanks! And I love yours… especially your whole grain recipes.

    Baltic Maid – Thanks! :) I'll try.

    Lora – Thank you! It was my first so I was pretty happy it worked out.

    jubistacha – Thanks! :)

    Natasha – Hahaha. Best idea ever! I can have your puppy for sleepy and play time and you have can her for potty time. Yeah! :) And thanks!

    Flavia – Thanks a lot! And I felt quite proud of my idea… hehe. Making him work for his own surprise. :)

  • Flavia Andrews says
    September 5, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS Erin! One year ah? Clever idea to have your own hubby help! I wish you many many years of baking and blogging! Best, Flavia

  • butterbaking says
    September 5, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    Erin these look delicious, as always. I want to move in next door to you so you can bake for me all the time, kay? I'll lend you my dog and you feed me balls. Deal?

    AND CONGRATULATIONS!!! ONE YEAR!! Look at you! Happy bloggy birthday! : )

    ps. totally totally totally love the story about tricking Mr. T. GENIUS.

  • jubistacha says
    September 5, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    Happy Birthday. I love the story about surprise party ;)

  • Lora says
    September 5, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    I love your surprise party ruse. Perfect! These two toned treat are perfect. Happy Blogiversary!

  • Baltic Maid says
    September 5, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    HaPpY OnE YeAr BlOgIvErSaRy!!! Your blog is so awesome! Keep it up!!!

  • london bakes says
    September 5, 2012 @ 6:38 am

    Happy blogiversary!! I love your blog so much and I'm so glad we found each other!

  • Julie @ Table for Two says
    September 5, 2012 @ 3:10 am

    these are such creative little balls! i love how you created them! happy 1 year bloggyversary!! :)

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
    September 5, 2012 @ 2:20 am

    This idea is just plain awesome! Happy blogiversary too :)

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says
    September 4, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

    OH MY GOSH THESE!!! I'm obsessed!!

  • Becca says
    September 4, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

    Oh these looks so yummy! Happy Bloggaversary :) It's amazing how time flies no? Actually as I'm typing this, I totally remembered that tomorrow is my second bloggaversary! My goodness!

    Anyways, happy celebrating! :)

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says
    September 4, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

    These look awesome! Happy blogiversary, friend. =)


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