Dark Chocolate Espresso Protein Balls

Serves 8

10 Minute Prep Time

By Robin Runner on March 27, 2015 , categorized in Snacks, Workout Fuel

espresso protein balls

By Vega Blogger Robin. Originally posted on her blog, Knead to Cook

Bites, balls, nuggets—whatever your preferred terminology we love to bite into a chocolate espresso protein treat. Robin from Knead to Cook paired Vega One with dark chocolate covered espresso beans in these protein balls and we couldn’t be happier.

“Why do I hate coffee but love vegan dark chocolate covered espresso beans?  I have no idea.  I had them one day at a restaurant and couldn’t believe it… I loved them.  And here’s a little tidbit, most better quality dark chocolate is vegan.  No milk!  YAY!  So I found some favorites and I stash them in my pantry.  I have a few in the morning for a caffeine punch.  But today, I chopped up a bunch and put them in this recipe.  Bionic balls!  Ha!  Now that should make you laugh!”



  • 1 cup gluten-free oats
  • 2 Tbsp Chocolate Vega One™ Nutritional Shake
  • ¼ cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 10 chopped vegan dark chocolate covered espresso beans
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt


  1. Mix all ingredients together (I used my stand mixer) in a bowl and then refrigerate for 45 minutes.

  2. Remove and make into balls, with a small scooper or your hands.

    Note: You can also roll these into toasted coconut flakes or raw cacao powder

  3. Place  in an airtight container to refrigerate. Will last 5-7 days but most likely they will be long gone before that!

Robin Runner

Robin Runner is a freelance developer and contributor to Vega’s Recipe Center. Robin is the author, recipe developer, fitness enthusiast, and photographer behind the blog Knead to Cook. Knead to Cook documents Robin’s journey from carnivore to plant-based vegan. As a wife and active mother of two active teenage daughters, Robin is well-versed in creating easy, flavorful recipes to accommodate everyone. Whether you’re a lover of meat and potatoes, or strictly vegan and gluten-free, Robin’s non-threatening recipes and captivating photography will appeal to all tastes! When she’s not in the kitchen, Robin is also a world-traveler, avid reader, marathon runner, and cyclist.