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Gluten Free Chocolate Pistachio Protein Balls

Women managing diabetes want to enjoy something not too sweet during the holidays or any time of the year that is so delicious even the kids will love it.

I found this initial recipe and tweaked it a bit in order to better predict how our blood sugar will respond. Like many dessert recipes I recreate, my goal is to combine healthy real food ingredients.

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

This Chocolate Pistachio Protein Ball recipe does exactly that. The macronutrients in this recipe include healthy fat, protein and a complex carbohydrate that includes fiber. Balanced real food ingredients to help keep you and your blood sugar happy.

If you are also mindful of gluten, dairy, grains and eggs in your eating plan, this recipe checks ALL the boxes!

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 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.

The proof is in the macros...the nutritional information demonstrates the combination of the four macronutrients that makes this a healthy option to better manage blood sugar control.

Nutritional information per ball:

Calories 189

Fat 15g

Carbs 11g

Sugar 5g

Fiber 3g

Protein 5g

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