Chocolate cashew no-bake protein balls

Once you go no-bake, you never go back. Isn’t that how the saying goes? It’s just so easy to throw together some delicious and wholesome ingredients, form them into tasty bite-sized balls and snack on them whenever hunger strikes. And when we’re talking about flavors including cashew and chocolate, today’s no-bake balls are a major crowd pleaser. Plus, they’re made with one of my favorite high-quality plant-based protein powders, Sunwarrior Classic Plus Chocolate, of course.

Chocolate cashew no-bake protein balls recipe via A Lady Goes West

Just a few months ago, I was able to try the Sunwarrior line of products for the first time, and I’ve fallen in love with the brand’s raw, vegan plant-based protein powder. In fact, the Classic Plus Chocolate is so good that it motivated me to create this healthy snack, serving as the “protein” ingredient. I wanted to be able to enjoy the powder multiple times a day, in addition to drinking it mixed with water after my workout.

I decided to add in some of my other favorite foods and make some simple bites, and it was a major success. Dave and I have been tearing through my latest batch, so I know I’ll be making them again soon.

Tasty chocolate cashew no-bake protein ball recipe by A Lady Goes West

The process for making these is fantastically easy, mostly because of the following reasons …

  • You don’t need a food processor.
  • You don’t need a lot of ingredients.
  • They can be prepared in about 20 minutes.
  • They taste like a dessert, but are healthy and full of good stuff.
  • You can eat them with one hand on the go.
  • They contain all of my favorite flavors, like chocolate and nuts.
  • They are perfect for pre-workout energy, post-workout recovery or just a snack any time of day.

Some chocolate cashew no-bake protein ball ingredients via A Lady Goes West

Chocolate cashew no-bake protein balls

Makes about 15-18 balls.

  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of nut butter
  • 1/3 cup of chopped cashews
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1/3 cup of chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (optional)

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl …

Chocolate cashew no-bake protein ball ingredients via A Lady Goes West

Stir up the mixture, and put it in the fridge for about 20 minute to harden …

Take it out and form 1-inch diameter balls using your hands …

Chocolate cashew no-bake protein ball ingredients mixed up into balls via A Lady Goes West

Put the balls in a covered dish in the fridge until you’re ready to eat them.

Delicious chocolate cashew no-bake protein balls via A Lady Goes West

And that’s it!

While I used Sunwarrior Classic Plus Chocolate protein powder and almond butter in my bites, you can sub in any other chocolate protein powder or nut butter variety of your choice.

Sunwarrior products are top notch

The stand-out of these bites is certainly the Sunwarrior. When it comes to protein powders, Sunwarrior Classic Plus is a major winner. It’s organic, soy free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, has no artificial ingredients and is totally raw. One scoop of powder has 100 calories and 17 grams of protein, which is a great calorie profile per gram of protein. And by the way, the powder mixes well just with water and has a pleasantly chalky consistency, much smoother than other plant-based powders. Not only can you drink Sunwarrior Classic Plus protein in shakes and smoothies, you can also add it into yogurt, oatmeal, baked goods and of course, these delicious no-bakes. 

The proprietary protein blend in Sunwarrior is made up of organic pea, organic brown rice, organic quinoa, organic chia seed and organic amaranth, all of which is hidden underneath the delicious flavors. The Classic Plus comes in Chocolate and Vanilla, both of which I’ve tried and loved and Natural, which I haven’t tried yet. Good stuff!

Sunwarrior classic plus protein powder via A Lady Goes West blog

Sunwarrior protein powder giveaway

Interested in winning a tub of Sunwarrior Classic Plus so you can make some no-bake bites and protein shakes? To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. If you don’t see fields below to enter a comment, then you need to click on the title of this post. From there, you can enter your name and email and write in anything at all you want to share as your entry comment. This giveaway is open to those in the U.S. only and will close on Monday night. And if you don’t win, check out the Sunwarror site to order some products for yourself, for the very reasonable price of just $30 for a 20-serving tub. You can also follow the friendly folks at Sunwarrior on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


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Questions of the day

What’s your favorite healthy snack?

Which flavor tub of Sunwarrior Classic Plus protein powder do you want to win? Chocolate or Vanilla?

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  1. I love a no-bake protein ball and these look delicious! Thank you for the recipe. I’ll definitely be making these soon.

  2. We make something similar to this in my house that we have named “Yummy Balls”. We use oats, peanut coconut spread, flax seeds, chia seeds, mini choco chips, honey and raw coconut. Sometimes I put in vanila protein powder.
    I would love to win this so I can try your recipe! Sounds good!

  3. I’ll definitely have to try this recipe! I love easy no bake snacks. I would love to try this protein powder as well, I love the clean ingredient list.

  4. Sun warrior is my favorite protein powder but I haven’t purchased a tub in forever! Vanilla is the best flavor IMO πŸ™‚

  5. Looks like a tasty recipe! I love apples and peanut butter for a healthy snack. I would love to try the chocolate protein powder.

  6. Love Sun Warrior, but haven’t bought any in ages! Your food pictures skills look great!! I need to make some of these post holidays πŸ™‚ Cookies until then haha

  7. Hi Ashley! Those balls look amaze!! I’ve heard nothing but good things about sun warrior and would love to give it a try.. I’m a chocolate girl, always have been and always will be πŸ˜‰ Have a wonderful trip to San Diego! I’ve always wanted to go so I can’t wait to see all of your fun adventures and pix. Xoxox

  8. Wow these protein bites look so good! I love your review of sun warrior, I’ve been curious for years to try it but haven’t gotten myself to splurge yet. I love finding new plant-based protein powders that actually taste good and have a nice texture!

  9. Oh thank you for creating a recipe for this kind of snack that does not require a food processor! I love the idea of protein-filled snackables, but so often I can’t make the recipes I see on my favorite blogs because I don’t have the equipment needed! These look great!

  10. I have never tried Sunwarrior but would love to give it a try…I have heard great things! Thanks for the giveaway : )

  11. SunWarrior has been my go-to protein powder for years! Absolutely love their products!

    P.S. Thanks for the butt-kicking Orange Theory class this morning, Ashley!! Loved it! πŸ˜‰

    1. Hi Annie! You are too sweet, and having you in class was awesome! Great job on those all-out sprints!! Thanks for coming in, and I sure hope to see you again soon!!! ?

  12. My favorite healthy snack is raw veggies and hummus. I love Sunwarrior protein powder, I would pick Chocolate if I won. Thanks

  13. For my healthy snack, I’m usually an apples and peanut butter kind of girl, but these do look awfully easy πŸ˜€

  14. Such an easy, and yummy, looking recipe! Would rather have vanilla protein powder just because I feel like I could do more with it. If I want to make something chocolatey I always have the option of adding cocoa powder to the vanilla protein.

  15. I’ve heard so many awesome reviews of Sunwarrior, but still haven’t tried it. Your recipe for the protein balls sounds fantastic, but I only have chocolate whey isolate on hand right now and it gets super sticky when it touches liquid.

    1. Hi Jordan! Sunwarrior is totally good! And maybe you could try this without the honey and extra nut butter if you use your existing powder? I don’t know, I feel like the honey is essential hehe. Good luck!

  16. My healthy go to lately is the Health Warrior 100 calorie Chia Bars in coffee flavor! When it comes to protein powder I am vanilla all day long. But since you have chocolate I bet you could add some to your nighttime glass of Silk and heat it up for some protein packed hot chocolate! πŸ™‚

    1. HA! You are ALWAYS so ON it with your suggestions for my life, Audie. Can I please fly you out to be with me all the time and tell me what to do? haahha! I TOTALLY want to put this in my milk. I need to do that …

    1. um just realized you asked some questions at the bottom (insert covering face emoji)… i always have both around–one chocolate and one vanilla–so i can alternate! i get tired of just the one flavor!

  17. One of my food goals for 2016 is to increase my protein intake so I would love to try the vanilla.

    Enjoy your vacation, and Happy Birthday.

  18. Oh and my favorite healthy snack is some raw crunch veggies like cucumbers or green beans with vegan cashew cheese like Miyoko’s or Treeline!

  19. I’d love to try the chocolate! My daughter recently embraced a vegan lifestyle and I am trying to support her & also make more healthy food choices for myself. Thanks for sharing your great ideas & recipes – Kathleene from SF Bay Area

  20. I love these easy no-bake recipes and the ability to interchange similar ingredients. I usually use Vega products, but would love to try Sunwarrior as I have read a lot of good stuff about it lately. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  21. These look wonderful! I would like to try Sunwarrior Classic Plus protein powder in vanilla flavor. Happy Holidays.

  22. I’ve been knowing about this product for years, but for some reason I haven’t tried it (yet). I’d like to try the vanilla first.

  23. Those look delicious. I love protein balls. I would love to try the Sunwarrior protein! I have heard so many awesome things about it!

  24. I like to make my own trail mix with nuts, dried fruit and some pumpkin seeds. Sometimes (ok most of the time) I throw in a high percentage dark chocolate bar chopped. Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. SUNWARRIOR products are definitely topnoch! Your Chocolate cashew no-bake protein balls is worth a try. One thing, really concerns me more and more is the WATER QUALITY in OC cities. Horrible chemicals in our tap water.
    I checked my city ( Aliso Viejo) and found Fluoride is added. Uggh.
    If you want to check your city, Google your local water quality report . I used this site, it had all of Socal and OC cities listed :

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