Thin Mint Protein Balls


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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Thin Mint Protein Balls

5 from 14 votes
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. 
A bowl of thin mint protein balls with a bite taken out of one and fresh mint leaves.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 13


  • 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.


Serving: 1ball Calories: 99kcal Carbohydrates: 21g Protein: 3g Fat: 2g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 16g
Course: Bars and Balls
Cuisine: American
Keyword: thin mint protein balls


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    1. Taylor Byers
      August 30, 2021 AT 8:49 pm

      5 stars
      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!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 31, 2021 AT 10:46 am

        Yay!! So glad these think mint protein balls were a hit, Taylor! Thanks for the review 🙂

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

      5 stars
      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!

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

      5 stars
      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!

    4. 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?

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

      4 stars
      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!

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.


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