Thin Mint Protein Balls
Published Mar 16, 2017, Updated Nov 28, 2022
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These Thin Mint Protein Balls taste like the girl scout cookie we all love, but are packed with good for you ingredients like dates, cashews and chocolate protein powder. Vegan and gluten-free.
Minty things, even if they’re not green, totally work for St. Patrick’s Day, right? I think so, but if you’re not so convinced you can always make a green salad (I’ve got plenty of those for ya), a green detox smoothie or use sunflower butter to make these flourless zucchini muffins and they’ll turn out green. <– Trust me, it works!
No, but really, you should just make these thin mint protein balls because they’re pretty amazing.
Typically I don’t spend a ton of time in the kitchen on the weekends for work stuff, but this past weekend I was inspired and went a little ball crazy. I made a batch of my samoas energy balls, chocolate almond crispy bites, and these thin mint protein balls.
I’m most excited about the thin mint balls because now I finally have a healthy alternative for both of my favorite girl scout cookies.
Ingredients Needed for Thin Mint Protein Balls
These babies start with a base of fresh medjool dates that are processed with raw cashews and chocolate protein powder. There’s peppermint extract to give the balls a minty flavor, but what really makes these balls taste like thin mint cookies is the chocolate crispy rice cereal. It gives them the perfect amount of crispy, cookie crunch.
I’ve been eating these little protein balls as a snack on the daily and they’re so good! Perfect as a pre or post workout snack or an energy booster in the middle of the afternoon. Did you know that peppermint has uplifting, energizing properties? Yup, even just taking a whiff of peppermint can help with anxiety and increase concentration. I have a bottle of peppermint essential oil that I keep on my desk for this very purpose. It’s awesome for helping to ease headaches, too.
I took a sample plate with balls and bites to The Veil on Saturday — some for a surprise party Alyssa hosted for her fiancé and another plate to share with the staff. I went home empty handed so I guess that means they were a hit. I hope you all like these Thin Mint Protein Balls as well.
More Girl Scout Cookie Inspired Recipes:
- Homemade Healthy Tagalongs
- 4-Ingredient Samoas
- Healthier Thin Mints
- Apple Samoas with Date Caramel
- Samoa Baked Oatmeal
More Energy Bite Recipes You Might Enjoy:
- Blueberry Muffin Energy Balls
- Apple Pie Energy Balls
- Lemon Energy Balls
- Superfood Energy Balls
- No Bake Energy Balls
- No Bake Protein Balls
- Vanilla Cake Balls
Thin Mint Protein Balls
- 1 cup 12-13 pitted dates
- 1/2 cup chocolate crispy rice cereal, I used Koala Crisp
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 1 Tablespoon vegan mini chocolate chips, I used Enjoylife
- 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 3 Tablespoons vegan chocolate protein powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon water
- Add dates, 1/4 cup crispy rice cereal, protein powder, cashews, chocolate chips, peppermint extract and water into a food processor and process until combined. A large ball of dough will likely form. Separate the dough, add remaining rice cereal and pulse until just combined. (You want these to be broken up, but not completely crushed into flour.) It’s okay if a few rice cereal pieces fall out of the dough, you can press them in as you roll the dough.
- Scoop about 1 Tablespoon of dough at a time and roll into balls. Place balls on parchment paper as you roll them and then place in the fridge until ready to enjoy.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
I made these yesterday as a healthier snack to give me a little boost of energy in the afternoons or before a workout. I used cacao nibs in place of chocolate chips, and added a little extra water since my dates were a bit drier. Came out perfectly!
So glad you loved these energy balls, Jena!! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!
These are FANTASTIC! I’ve never seen a mint protein ball and so I just had to make! I love the idea of the crunchy crispy cereal! Loved this recipe!!
Yay!! So glad these think mint protein balls were a hit, Taylor! Thanks for the review 🙂
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