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White bowl filled with chocolate peppermint candy cane balls on a red checkered towel

No Bake Chocolate Peppermint Protein Balls

A festive vegan holiday treat made in only 5 minutes! These no bake chocolate peppermint balls even have a trick to keeping them whole food and healthy.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword chocolate peppermint truffles, no bake brownies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 118kcal
Author Sophia DeSantis


  • 10 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup almond butter , use sunbutter for nut free (see note)
  • 1/4 cup unflavored pea protein powder , I use NOW Sports brand (see note)
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon peppermint extract , use more if not using the candy cane option
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2-4 tablespoons crushed candy canes , or cacao nibs for a healthy crunchy option (plus more to top for presentation if wanted)
  • 2-4 tablespoons dairy free chocolate chips , omit for even healthier option
  • 2-4 tablespoons water optional (see note)


  • Put everything except the candy cane or cacao nibs, chocolate chips and water into a bowl and mix well.
  • Slowly add water if needed. You may not need any water if your almond butter is runny. Start with a teaspoon and slowly add until you get a well mixed batter. If you add too much then the batter will be too soft to roll.
  • Add the candy canes/cacao nibs and chocolate chips and mix again.
  • Allow to chill in the fridge while you clean up, then roll into balls.
  • You can then top with more crushed candy canes for presentation if you want. I just rolled them in or sprinkled them on top.


  • These make 10 balls about 2 inches in size
  • To make this nut free use sunbutter, this will change the flavor slightly but will allow it to be completely allergy friendly.
  • You can sub another kind of protein powder, just make sure it is unsweetened and unflavored.
  • If you do not have, or do not want to use, a protein powder you can sub oat flour. Use the same amount.
  • If your almond butter is runny you may not need any water, add slowly to get the consistency you prefer. You could also use milk if you want a little extra richness.
  • For the healthiest option, use cacao nibs instead of the candy canes and omit the chocolate chips.
  • I crushed my candy canes in a plastic bag using the end of a wooden spoon.
  • Nutrition facts include 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips and crushed candy canes.


Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1.4mg