Catherine Tanaka
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PROTEIN BALL, NUT-FREE {school friendly} TREAT

This is one of my go-to snacks that feels like a decadent treat.  I love it for myself, for my kids and my clients.

I love these little bites, and client approved, because they are easy to make with simply pantry ingredients and are packed with high protein, high fibre and really good complex carbs.

They are the perfect make-ahead recipe to keep on hand to set your snacking treats up for success- if you are on track to shift your nutrition to more healthy- this is a great recipe to have.

 Simple and Satisfying!


  • 1 1/2 c Gluten free old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup organic chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup organic cacao nibs
  • 1 cup organic sunflower or pumpkin seed butter (nut-free and school safe) *use peanut butter if you prefer
  • 1/4 cup organic honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 scoops whey protein (I use Age Quencher’s REJUVENATE lactose-free, whey protein : use code:FIT for 15% off)

*I like adding chocolate protein for the taste- kids seem to like it better.  You can omit the protein if you prefer.


  • Add oats, chia and cacao nibs, protein and combine.
  • Add seed butter, honey and vanilla.
  • Combine to form a sticky paste- add a touch of water to adjust consistency.
  • Shape mixture into tablespoon sized balls.
  • Store in refrigerator.

Don’t eat them all at one sitting!

A friend of mine asked me yesterday why I’m including protein and chia seeds and cacao nibs etc.


Protein is essential to our kids growing healthy and strong.  I don’t typically recommend protein supplements with kids, as they should get it from their balanced diet, but these power balls are just a treat and therefore consumed occasionally.

I believe that supplementing with a organic, high quality protein powder is excellent is supporting my kids nutrient, nutrition and immune system.  It isn’t a large amount per ball, but it does add a balance macronutrient profile to this great snack.

This protein in particular is incredible.  It is a lactose-free, collagen whey protein.
You can try it for 15% off with CODE: FIT at


I particularly love chia seeds for not only the micronutrient benefits but also for the texture and versatility of how you can use them. They are high in nutrients, fiber and have been touted a “superfood”. They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium.

Such a great bang for your buck and if your kids are not bothered by the texture, add them in!  And add them in your shake or yogurts too!  


These are my new found obsession.  The crunch and subtle sweet taste of these little nuggets are so satisfying.  They are not bitter at all and add just a wonderful texture to these balls that they’re a must add!  

The cherry on top however is that they are jammed packed with antioxidants.



I hope you love these little balls just as much as I do! You can definitely feel good about putting a nutritious and delicious treats in your day!


About the Author Catherine Tanaka

My name is Catherine Tanaka. I am a Personal Trainer, Transformation Coach, Yogi enthusiast and Mom of two. I am on a mission to make a difference in others happiness through fitness using the best research available to give you the best fitness hacks to make being the best version of you possible. Learn more about my one-on-one coaching or check out my Online Course - The Body Project Protocol.