Made with minimal ingredients, these White Chocolate Chai Protein Bites are vegan, gluten-free, and high in protein for quick breakfasts on-the-go or easy snacks. Make them ahead of time to keep on hand!
The Superior Fall Flavor
If you’ve been following along over on Instagram or even the blog, you’ve probably already noticed that I am 100% ready for fall. Sorry, not sorry. I can’t contain my excitement any longer. I’m already buying boots and pulling out the sweaters in full preparation. However, the weather doesn’t seem to be cooperating with me, and some days have even hit 90 degree temperatures the last week or so. So. Rude.
So, as much as I want to be making all things cozy like warm oats and fresh baked cookies (Been there, done that. I just end up a sweaty, flustered mess.), I just can’t be bothered to heat up the kitchen any more than it already is. That being said, the craving for all things chai has been intense. I mean, with recipes like Chai Spiced Flourless Cookies, Chai Spiced Pumpkin Bread, and Healthy Chai Spiced Muffins, can you even blame me? They’re freaking delicious all year long.
Naturally, refusing to give up on my dream of cooler weather, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create a fall-flavored treat perfect for any weather. Luckily, this protein balls recipe turned out incredible! It’s got all the warm comforting flavors I was craving (and know you are, too) in a cool bite that’s ready in minutes. The only regret I have is not making more.
Because I love you guys (and am not fueled by selfish motivations to make more protein balls to eat), I’m sharing this super secret recipe with step-by-step instructions and fun flavor options! So, what’re you waiting for?! Let’s get in the kitchen!
Ingredients for the Best Protein Bites
Cashew Butter – Of course, you can use any nut or seed butter you have on hand and like best. Personally, I prefer cashew butter for it’s extra creamy texture and mild flavor. I always use Georgia Grinders ‘cause it’s simply the bomb. Feel free to use code: kellyk if ya wanna find out for yourself!
Almond Flour – For the easiest cooking, or in this case no-baking, I recommend just purchasing almond flour that has already been ground. However, if you want, you can absolutely make your own. Just toss whole almonds in a high-speed blender or food processor, and let it pulse until the nuts are broken down into a fine powder.
Spices & Flavors – For the ultimate taste of chai, I included chai turmeric powder, macao powder, and salt. Of course, you can add or omit any spices you like. Just don’t skip the salt as it truly brings out the natural flavors of all of the ingredients to create a cohesive recipe.
Protein Powder – No surprise here that I used Nuzes protein powder. I mean they are just simply the best. Use code: thekellykathleen to getcha some, too! This time, I used their Maca Clean Lean Protein to further replicate the flavors of chai. If you don’t have a maca protein, I suggest using a fairly neutral flavor such as vanilla so it doesn’t overpower the other ingredients.
White Chocolate – Personally, I prefer white chocolate for this recipe to add an extra layer of sweetness to balance out the spice. I used vegan white chocolate chips, but you can use whatever you like best including milk and dark chocolate chips. (Promise I won’t hold it against you if you do.)
How Make Protein Balls
The best thing about this protein bites recipe is that it can be made in minutes with just a few simple steps. You can even get the kids involved and have them help!
Stir. Using a large bowl, stir together the cashew butter, almond flour, and protein powder making sure the ingredients are well combined.
Form Bites. Use your hands to divide the mixture into 6 large or 12 small bites, and roll the pieces in your palms until balls are formed.
Refrigerate. Once molded, place the balls on a plate lined with parchment paper, and store them in the fridge to harden.
Dip. While the protein bites are in the fridge, melt the chocolate by placing it in a small bowl in the microwave for 1 minute, stirring until fully melted. If it seems too thick, add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, and stir until it is fully incorporated. Then, using a utensil such as a fork, roll each bite in the melted chocolate until it is fully covered.
Set. After all the bites have been coated in chocolate, set them on the parchment paper, and place them back in the fridge until the chocolate has hardened and set.
Optional Add Ins
This recipe is simple, letting the chai flavors speak for themself. However, if you want to beef it up a bit, try including a few fun ingredients in the mixture! Some of my favorites include shredded coconut flakes, chocolate chips, and dried fruit pieces.
How Long Do Protein Bites Last?
If stored in an airtight container in the fridge, these balls will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks. Or, you can pop them in the freezer for up to 3 months!
How to Prevent No Bake Balls from Falling Apart
If you find your protein balls are too crumbly and not sticking together, the easiest remedy is to just add more nut butter until they do. You could also use honey or maple syrup if you want a sweeter recipe.
What to Do if Your Protein Bites Recipe Won’t Stick
If you find your protein bites are too runny and won’t hold their shape, try adding just a bit more almond flour until they clump together.
More Protein Bites and Balls
- Nut-Free Balls of Fun (High Protein)
- Crunchy Almond Chocolate Protein Bites
- 4-Ingredient Strawberry Cashew Protein Bites
- Chocolate Cashew Coconut Crunch Balls
This recipe satisfied my cravings for now, but definitely don’t forget to stay tuned as baking season is upon us! No way I’ll be passing up on the chance to go full basic mode with all things chai and pumpkin. What is your favorite fall flavor? Let me know in the comments below!
White Chocolate Chai Protein Bites
- 1/2 cup cashew butter
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1 serving 25g Chai Turmeric + Maca Clean Lean Protein by Nuzest
- 1 tsp maca powder *optional
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup vegan white chocolate
- Lay a piece of parchment paper on a plate and set it aside.
- In a large bowl, stir together the cashew butter, almond flour and protein powder.
- Once combined, use your hands to divide the mixture into 6 large or 12 small equal bites. Roll the bites in your hands to create a ball form.
- Place the balls in your fridge while you melt the chocolate.
- To melt the chocolate, place your chocolate in a small bowl and cook on high for 1 minute. Stir and add an optional 1 tsp of coconut oil if your chocolate seems too thick.
- Using a utensil, coat the balls in the chocolate until they’re completely coated.
- Place them on your parchment lined paper and place the plate in your fridge until set.