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.

Thin Mint Protein Balls in a white bowl on wood cutting board with fresh mint leaves.

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.

Two fingers grabbing a Thin Mint Protein Ball in a white bowl on wood cutting board with fresh mint leaves.

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.

Thin Mint Protein Balls in a white bowl on wood cutting board with fresh mint leaves.

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.

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If you make these thin mint protein balls, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

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A bowl of thin mint protein balls with a bite taken out of one and fresh mint leaves.

Thin Mint Protein Balls

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 13
  • Diet: Vegetarian


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. 


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  • Category: Bars and Balls
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 99
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 3g

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    1. Jena
      February 22, 2021 AT 10:22 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 23, 2021 AT 8:54 pm

        So glad you loved these energy balls, Jena!! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Emma
      April 16, 2020 AT 6:14 pm

      I just made these and WOW! They are so yummy! I love how the texture is like cookie dough and the added crunch from the Rice Krispies is so good! My little toddler loved them too and kept asking for more.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 17, 2020 AT 6:48 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Emma! I’m glad these protein balls are a hit. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It’s super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it!

    3. christy
      March 22, 2020 AT 12:08 pm

      I am in my corona cabin for the foreseeable future. I have everything but dates. What should I sub?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 22, 2020 AT 8:16 pm

        Hey Christy! The dates are a pretty big component to this recipe, so I’m not sure how they’d turn out without them. I do have these recipes for protein balls that don’t require dates, you could try?

    4. Bryan Moss
      August 22, 2019 AT 7:20 pm

      I just made these. I didn’t have vegan choc protein powder, so I used 3 tbsp hemp protein and added 1 tbsp cocoa powder. It could use a little more cocoa powder and a little more peppermint extract. Otherwise, these are pretty good! Thanks ENF!

    5. Barbara Aquaro
      March 30, 2019 AT 6:14 pm

      I made these again because they disappeared quickly. I knew the first time that 1/4 tsp of salt would be too much so I decreased it slightly. Still too much. So this time I used less than an 1/8 tsp and it is just right. I also added a Tbsp of cacao powder each time for more chocolate flavor. Made a coating of bittersweet chocolate melted with a little refined coconut oil and Andes baking chips.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 30, 2019 AT 6:20 pm

        Thanks so much for the feedback on the salt, Barbara. So glad you liked them. 🙂

    6. Tina
      March 8, 2019 AT 11:14 am

      Is there a nut free substitute for the cashews? We are a nut free house.

    7. Charlotte
      December 9, 2018 AT 6:56 pm

      Has anyone tried raw peanuts. My daughter has a tree nut allergy to cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans. Welcome thoughts.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 10, 2018 AT 10:29 am

        I haven’t tried peanuts, but I think they should definitely work! Let me know if you try it. 🙂

    8. Jessie
      March 22, 2017 AT 9:03 pm

      I made these tonight! I subbed dark chocolate for the vegan chips, but followed the rest of the ingredient list and they are VERY good. They are sweet like something packed with sugar would be and the peppermint adds a nice, subtle, freshness.

      These are very sticky, so be warned. I have seen a similar recipe that adds some kind of flour, but I think adding would dull the flavor a bit.

    9. Paola
      March 20, 2017 AT 9:08 pm

      Thin mints are my favorite! Definitely will have to try this recipe out. Thanks for sharing!

    10. Christine @ Run Plant Based
      March 18, 2017 AT 11:27 am

      These look wonderful, simple and not too sweet. Thanks!

    11. Hannah
      March 17, 2017 AT 2:02 pm

      Is there a good substitute for the crispy rice cereal?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 17, 2017 AT 3:38 pm

        Rolled oats should work, but you won’t get the crispy cookie texture.

        1. Nancy
          May 21, 2017 AT 1:08 pm

          Have you ever tried puffed quinoa? I’ve read about making it but haven’t tried yet.

          1. Brittany Mullins
            May 21, 2017 AT 9:15 pm

            I haven’t, but I think that’s an awesome idea! Let me know if you try it. 🙂

    12. Meaghan Rae
      March 17, 2017 AT 2:50 am

      How long will these keep in the fridge? (Assuming I don’t scarf them all in the first hour that is).

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 17, 2017 AT 10:59 am

        They should last up to a week in the fridge! But I suspect they’ll go fast. 🙂

    13. Casey the College Celiac
      March 16, 2017 AT 6:34 pm

      Thin mints were always my fave girl scout cookie, so thanks for giving a healthier, gluten free alternative! YUM!

    14. jordan @ dancing for donuts
      March 16, 2017 AT 3:00 pm

      YUM! omg these sound SO good! i’ve passed by about a billion girl scouts and i want so badly to buy a box of thin mints, but can’t bring myself to do it because i’m trying to eat more healthfully this spring! so thanks for sharing 🙂

    15. Izzy | Pinch of delight
      March 16, 2017 AT 2:31 pm

      These look incredible!!!!!!

    16. Lucy
      March 16, 2017 AT 10:42 am

      I’m new to your blog and am excited to try this as one out! What would you recommend as substitutions for all the nuts used in this recipe?

    17. Kellie
      March 16, 2017 AT 10:37 am

      Wow, these sound soooo good! I can’t wait to try them and I love your website! I have gotten some delicious recipes that have helped me immensely with my diet. Now all we need is the cold weather to pass so I can get out with my dogs for walks around Carytown and such to get me back on track.
      Thank you for all of your hard work with this site!

    18. Dee Hughes
      March 16, 2017 AT 10:22 am

      We have some but allergies in my house, though pecans are safe. I’ve used pecans in place of almonds with success; do you think they’re a good sub for cashews in this??

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 16, 2017 AT 10:39 am

        I think pecans will definitely work as a sub for the cashews. Enjoy, Dee!

    19. Carrie this fit chick
      March 16, 2017 AT 10:03 am

      HELLO YUMMY! Thin mints are one of my favorite girl scout cookies, along with tagalongs. These look so delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 16, 2017 AT 10:18 am

        Ohh!! I forgot about tagalongs. I used to love those too! 🙂

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