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Delicious Diabetes-Friendly Chocolate Pistachio Protein Balls

a plate of chocolate pistachio protein balls

For women managing diabetes, finding a delicious yet blood-sugar-friendly treat can be a challenge, especially during the holidays. Have no fear! I have discovered a fantastic recipe for Chocolate Pistachio Protein Balls that will satisfy your sweet tooth without causing a spike in your blood sugar levels. Not only are these protein balls delectable, but your kids will love them too, making them a perfect treat for the whole family. This guilt-free dessert recipe that combines healthy, real food ingredients, and caters to various dietary restrictions.

After I had a chocolate pistachio protein ball, I was so happy that my blood sugar didn't spike, this is the best no-guilt dessert I've had in years. Thank you! - Joy Steadman

When it comes to recreating dessert recipes, my aim is to strike a balance between taste and health by using wholesome ingredients. Inspired by a chocolate pistachio protein ball, I modified the original recipe to ensure a better prediction of how our blood sugar levels would respond. The goal was to create a dessert that is enjoyable and won't cause drastic blood sugar spikes.

This Chocolate Pistachio Protein Balls recipe is carefully designed to include macronutrients that promote overall health and blood sugar stability. It incorporates healthy fats, proteins, and complex carbohydrates rich in fiber. This balanced combination helps regulate blood sugar levels and keeps you feeling satisfied.

If you're also mindful of gluten, dairy, grains, and eggs in your eating plan, this recipe is a dream come true. It ticks all the boxes, allowing you to enjoy a delectable dessert without compromising your dietary needs. By using real food ingredients, this recipe is not only diabetes-friendly but also caters to a wide range of dietary preferences.

Chocolate Pistachio Protein Balls

15 minutes - Makes 15 Balls

Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, Low Glycemic, Grain Free, Egg Free

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  • 6 oz. Dark Chocolate (roughly chopped)

  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder

  • 1 1/2 tbsps. Vanilla Protein Powder

  • 2/3 cup Sunflower Seed Butter (Can substitute with Almond or Cashew butter)

  • 1 cup Pistachios (removed from the shell, divided)


  1. Add the dark chocolate, cocoa powder, protein powder, sunflower seed butter, and half the pistachios to a food processor and blend until well-mixed and sticky. Add more sunflower seed butter if the mixture is too dry, or more pistachios if too wet.

  2. Transfer to a mixing bowl and form into even balls with your hands, roughly one inch in diameter.

  3. Crush the remaining pistachios and coat each ball evenly. Store in the fridge or freezer until ready to enjoy.

With this balanced macronutrient profile, these Chocolate Pistachio Protein Balls provide a satisfying snack that won't send your blood sugar on a roller coaster ride. The relatively low sugar content, combined with the fiber and protein, helps maintain stable glucose levels and keeps you feeling fuller for longer.

Nutritional information per ball:

Calories 189

Fat 15g

Carbs 11g

Sugar 5g

Fiber 3g

Protein 5g

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Managing diabetes shouldn't mean sacrificing the joy of indulging in delicious treats. With the Chocolate Pistachio Protein Balls, you can satisfy your cravings without compromising your health or blood sugar control. By incorporating real food ingredients and carefully balancing macronutrients, this guilt-free dessert ensures a delightful experience for women managing diabetes, as well as their families. So go ahead and enjoy these delectable protein balls knowing that you're taking care of your health and delighting your taste buds simultaneously.

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