Dark Chocolate Trail Mix Balls

by Bethany Vessey, Registered Dietitian on September 10, 2012 · 4 comments

Not only are these delightful little snack/treat options tasty, they are also packed full of nutritious goodness! They are easy to make, convenient to take on-the-go, and they can also be a great gluten-free option if you make them with gluten-free oats!

These delicious little balls of goodness were introduced to me by the  Zesty Cook himself! Zesty Cook is a hobbyist cook from PEI, who has a fantastic blog full of yummy and delicious recipes that your whole family would love! I highly recommend checking out his blog for new recipe ideas that can be incorporated into your weekly menu toady! (Tip: his recipes do not come with a nutrition breakdown, but they are typically all made with REAL food, which is most important; however if you are watching your calories and want to know how much of his recipes you should be eating you could plug the recipes into Eattracker Recipe Analyzer Program, which is a free program offered by the Dietitians of Canada!)

These little treats, which I have renamed “Quinoa (Keen-Wha) Energy Ball’s” are also great to freeze and I actually prefer them this way. I usually make at least 2 batches and then wrap them individually in wax paper and then freeze them in a large freezer bag. Then when I take them to work they are still cold and most importantly not melted! Now be good and don’t start having two of these/day as too much of anything is never a good thing. I would recommend no more than 3 of these/week as they are a great healthy option and a wonderful compliment to any healthy meal plan!


12 Servings


1 cup large oats, dry
3/4 cup quinoa, cooked
1/4 cup coconut, unsweetened
1/3 cup sunflower seeds, dry roasted, unsalted
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cranberry, dried
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp peanut butter, light
2 tbsp whey protein isolate, unflavoured
1 tbsp almond butter, plain
1/3 cup honey


  1. Fluff and scoop quinoa into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add sunflower seeds, protein powder, oats, dried cherries and coconut to quinoa and mix well. Bring honey to a simmer on the stove then stir in the vanilla extract and almond butter and pour on top of nuts and seeds. Mix until well combined.
  3. Let mixture cool before adding the chocolate chips, and peanut butter. Mix well with your hands so the peanut butter is evenly dispersed but be careful not to melt the chocolate chips!
  4. Using wet hands, gently roll mixture into golf ball-sized balls. I made 12.
  5. Place balls on a plate
  6. Let chill for 2 Hours before eating – very tricky to do but worth the wait
  7. ENJOY!
CALORIES (kCal) 203
FAT (g) 10.36
TRANS FAT (g) 0.009
SODIUM (mg) 12
FIBRE (g) 3.5
SUGARS (g) 8.85
PROTEIN (g) 10.88
VITAMIN A (µg) 0
VITAMIN C (mg) 0
CALCIUM (mg) 24
IRON (mg) 2.74
Susan September 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Do these freeze well or how long is the shelf life?

Bethany Vessey September 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm

They do freeze really well! In fact I recommend freezing them. If you decide not to freeze them, then I would keep them in the fridge for no more than one week! You could always freeze 1/2 the batch and leave the other 1/2 in the fridge! Enjoy!

Susan September 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Thanks Bethany! I made these this afternoon along with some banana bread mini muffins from the Dieticians of Canada cook book. In the mood to bake!

Susan September 30, 2012 at 5:10 pm

I just read the last paragraph telling me about the freezing. Duh!

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