Ballz for All

Hi friends! How are you? I am blown away by all of the amazing comments and emails on the Winter Shape Up! Keep rocking it out 🙂

(Holler to my friend Mara who made the widget for the WSU on the left-hand side of the blog– you can click it to get to this week’s meals and workout plan)


Some Mexican skeletons to start the day 😀

So last night, I wanted a little snack before dance but didn’t know what to make. Something small (dancing on a full belly is a little rough) with a decent amount of protein, something dessert-y, not too high in fats.. and then it dawned on me:



I remembered seeing a recipe for protein balls on the BodyRock website—here’s my version:

Chocolate Chip Protein Ballz

Adapted from Shweddy Balls

-2 T vanilla or chocolate protein powder of choice

-2 T of almond butter (drippy almond butter works best)

-2 T shredded unsweetened coconut

-1 T pure maple syrup (honey or brown rice syrup would work too)

-pinch of sea salt, Stevia and cinnamon

1. In a small food processor, add the protein, almond butter, coconut and pulse until the ingredients are well incorporated

2. Add the cinnamon, sea salt, Stevia and sweetener (maple syrup or whatever you decide to use) and pulse again- the mixture will start to clump together. It wants to be made into balls!


Not quite, though.

3. Add in 1 square of extra dark chocolate (break it apart with your hands), or whatever mix-ins you’d like to use. Dried berries would be delicious, too. Pulse together one more time to finely chop the chocolate, and assess the situation to see if you’ll need more liquid sweetener for the balls to stick together.

4. Roll mixture into 4 balls with your hands.

balls (2)

Save in a ziploc baggie and munch for the perfect pre or post workout snack.

Check out the stats on these babies!!!


Amazing and SO DELICIOUS. They taste like cookie dough balls, I kid you not. Make these ASAP, mmm k?

For breakfast this morning, since I still had ballz and cookie dough on the brain, I had an old fave:


B-fast cookie dough cereal

+ my daily green juice


(Current fave combo: 1 cucumber, 1 green apple, 1 stalk of romaine, 1/2 lemon, lil Stevia)

I’m off to do the workout thang 🙂 Have a great day and I’ll see you laterrrrrrrr.



What’s your pre and post workout fuel of choice?

Post Navigation:


  1. Meagan on February 25, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    What little food processor do you use? I’ve been considering getting one in the future since I live alone and would love to whip up small batches for things. My VitaMix is awesome, but you have to make a certain amount for it to work properly.

    • Fitnessista on February 25, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      it’s a little cuisinart. i love it!

  2. Kimberly on June 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Is the serving size one ball per serving? Sorry, I’m new here!! I absolutely love your blog though! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      yes, but i usually like 2 for a snack

  3. Emilly on November 24, 2013 at 10:41 am

    oh, thank you so much for your great article.

  4. Holiday Recipe Round-Up | Lizzie Fit on December 24, 2013 at 8:18 am

    […] have always loved Gina’s Amazeballs, especially the original chocolate chip, so I was super excited when she posted a holiday version. […]

  5. Recipes from the Blog World on December 30, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    […] Amazeballz – protein ball […]

  6. It’s Smoothie Time on December 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    […] 1 Fitnessista Amazeball […]

  7. Christmas Recipe Round-Up: Part 1 on December 30, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    […] paler balls are from Fitnessista – and they are fabulous ways to sneak protein in but still feel like you are eating a […]

  8. InSalutis | Gingerbread amazeballs on January 4, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    […] gingerbread amazeball had to […]

  9. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Ballz on January 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    […] made a batch of protein ballz based off of Fitnessista’s recipe that was based off of a recipe for protein balls on the BodyRock […]

  10. My Favorite Cooking Tools | Tory of My Life on January 9, 2014 at 6:15 am

    […] this little appliance was.  I love making energy balls, particularly the Fitnessista’s amazeballs.   I also use it to make salsa, sauces, really anything with a small number of servings.  Full […]

  11. Allison Galassie on February 11, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    So, I have been looking at this recipe a lot and I really want to make it. However, I am not a coconut fan…will leaving it out be detrimental?

    • Fitnessista on February 11, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      nope! just use more oat flour or some almond meal instead 🙂

  12. Sana on February 15, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Can you make the amazeballz in a large food processor? Would you just double the ingredients?

    • Debbie P. on February 9, 2015 at 6:33 am

      I saw this recipe and hope and prayed I would like it as I quadrupled the recipe to use in my regular size food processor. Thankfully I love them and glad they worked with my vegan Hammer Nutrition chocolate protein powder! I have 18 balls now – I made them all 20 grams.

  13. Sharon on March 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Gina,

    What do you make your juice with? That combination looks very refreshing!

    • Fitnessista on March 5, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      i use a jack lalanne juicer and love it

  14. Anna S. on March 9, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I’m about to travel for 2 weeks and wondered about making some of these to take along. How long would you guess they last?

    • Fitnessista on March 10, 2014 at 12:51 am

      i think at least 5 days, but i usually eat them by then 😉

  15. Beth on April 12, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    what brand almond nut butter do you find runny? Mine are always so hard. Have you tried other types of butter besides almond? Or do you prefer almond? thanks much.

    • Fitnessista on April 13, 2014 at 11:54 am

      trader joe’s brand is usually pretty runny 🙂

    • Debbie P. on February 9, 2015 at 6:34 am

      We don’t have Trader Joe’s, but have an Earthfare and I bought smooth almond butter made by “Once Again” and it worked GREAT!

  16. […] Ballz (Try this unusual recipe for a satisfying, healthy […]

  17. […] if it tastes good, so prepare homemade protein balls with this particularly popular recipe from Fitnessista and satisfy your cravings without devastating your diet. These balls taste like cookie dough, and […]

  18. Kim on October 26, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Do you think the green juice could be made with a vitamix?

  19. Weekend Snapshots 10/27 | Chelcie's Food Files on October 27, 2014 at 8:19 am

    […] also made a double batch of amazeballs for an easy snack to bring to class with […]

  20. Dailey Method + Amazeballs | fitsickle on January 28, 2015 at 4:04 am

    […] made myself some Amazeballs to eat as snacks the rest of the week. I did a spin-off of Gina’s amazeballs recipe and came up with this! Delicious and great staying power with the […]

  21. 01.28 What I Ate Wednesday | ckg diaries on January 28, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    […] After breakfast, I whipped up a batch of The Fitnessista’s Amazeballs and snacked on a couple of these during the day. I need to make them more […]

  22. No Bake Energy Bites - Key Ingredients on February 9, 2015 at 11:49 am

    […] similar to it. First I made these then followed it up the next day by making a double batch of these. Yesterday I decided to put my own twist on things and use some ingredients I already have on hand […]

  23. […] Amazeballs […]

  24. Amazeballs - Sarah 'n Spice on March 2, 2015 at 9:59 am

    […] Recipe courtesy of The Fitnessista […]

  25. […] I said, I added them to some protein balls (which were new to me recipes – one from The Fitnessista and one from The Honour System) and they were a hit with The Hus and my […]

  26. Christy H on May 25, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    I just made a lower calorie version of these with reduced fat coconut and PB2!!! I love the regular version for fuel, but I wanted a lower calorie version for when I can’t stop eating them… A snacking version, if you will. They turned out great! I was afraid they wouldn’t hold together without real nut butter, but they did!

  27. […] class. Today I ate one of these delicious bite-sized balls between classes. I was inspired by a recipe by The Fitnessista but ended up changing the ingredients a bit and reducing the serving size. Mine […]

  28. […] Amazeballs […]

  29. […] Amazeballs for a quick snack […]

  30. Nicola Olsen on March 16, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Getting back into shape after baby #2 and made these for a post gym snack. My 2yr old grabbed one, took a bite and announced “Mmmm, deeeeelicious” before I even got to sample one!

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      amazing! liv loves them too

  31. […] Chocolate Chip Protein Balls – Fitnessista […]

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.