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A red velvet ball has a bite taken out of it showing white chocolate chips inside. It sits on a stack of more of the energy balls.

Red Velvet Energy Balls

Try these healthy red velvet protein balls to delight your taste buds while giving you lots of energy and bonus points in the healthy living playbook!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 22
Calories 120kcal


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup medjool dates (approximately 12 dates)
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup chocolate protein powder, divided
  • cup ground flax seeds
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • 3 tablespoons red hibiscus powder, divided (see notes)
  • ½ cup vegan white chocolate chips


  • Place the oats and pitted dates in a food processor and pulse a few times to combine.
  • Add the almond butter, vanilla, protein powder, flax, coconut flakes, and 2 tablespoons of the red hibiscus powder. See notes if you'd like to substitute red food coloring. Pulse for a few seconds. Use a spatula to push down the ingredients and pulse again until the ingredients are combined.
  • Test the batter. It should stick together between your fingers. If not, add a little bit of syrup sweetener (such as maple syrup) and pulse to combine.
  • Add the white chocolate chips and either pulse in short bursts until combined or stir them into the batter. Reserve some of the chips for the topping.
  • Topping: Stir together 1 tablespoon of the red hibiscus powder and 1 tablespoon of chocolate protein powder.
  • Roll the dough into bite-size balls. Roll in the hibiscus mixture and press in a few reserved chocolate chips.
  • Store energy balls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the fridge for up to 14 days. They can be frozen for up to 2 months. Let the sit at room temperature before eating.


Red Food Coloring

Here are some natural options for coloring your energy bites red:
  • Red Hibiscus Powder (natural and adds a bit of tangy flavor)
  • Organic Red Food Coloring (natural and adds no flavor)
  • Beet Powder (natural and adds an earthy flavor)


Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg