White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Energy + Protein Balls!

Happy Friday! (At it again with another protein energy ball recipe!)

I’m going to spend the weekend cooking some new recipes for the blog, attending yoga, going out and playing around with my new camera, lunch with friends, and just catching up on some yardwork (assuming& hoping the rain will pass.) Before I get started with this delicious recipe post, I wanted to let you know that I’m running a fun spring giveaway on my Instagram! I get asked about my Nespresso maker all the time, so I thought it would be cool to give one away! Β I’m hoping to do a lot of giveaways this year as anΒ appreciationΒ to you guys! My blog wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for you! πŸ™‚

A couple of weeks ago, I made these 5-ingredient white chocolate macadamia nut energy balls to keep in the house. Kyle was so obsessed with the chocolate chip peanut butter onesΒ that he asked if I could come up with another. I figured he’d enjoy a white chocolate macadamia nut one, so that’s what I did! Verdict? HE LOVED THEM! & so did my mom. I brought some over for my parents, and I asked my dad the next day what he thought. He said he didn’t get to try them because my mom ate them all! I’m assuming she enjoyed them. Hiding them from my dad? Savage.Β 
I know i’m totall late to the “ball” game, but I finally get the hype. You don’t have to bake them, you can pretty much use any ingredient you’d like, and they are so convient. I took some of the lemon enegery balls I made (recipe comeing soon) on my weekend trip to Asheville, and they held up great. If you have picky-eaters in your household, energy balls may be the trick.Β 

These white chocolate macadamia nut balls are gluten free and can be make vegan by using dairy-free white chocolate chips. (You can find those here.)


5 from 1 vote

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Energy Balls

Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24 Balls


  • 1 Cup Almond Butter
  • 1 Cup Oats
  • 1 Cup Vanilla Protein Powder (I used plant base)
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Macadamia Nuts
  • 1/2 Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • water or almond milk for texture


  1. In a large bowl (or electric mixer) combine the almond butter, oats, vanilla protein powder, macadamia nuts, and white chocolate chips together. 

  2. Gradually add in the water or almond milk until you get a texture that you can roll into balls. Add by the tablespoon. 

  3. Scoop 2 heaping tablespoons of the mixture and roll into a ball. 

    This recipe makes about 24-26 servings. 

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Per Ball

90 Calories, 5g Fat, 12g Carbs, 1g Fiber, 5g Protein, 4g SugarΒ 

I hope you guys have a great weekend! I’m off to yoga πŸ™‚Β 

Questions for you!

  1. Have you ever made balls? If so, what flavor?Β 
  2. Almond butter or peanut butter?
  3. White chocolate or dark chocolaote?


  • Jenna

    I’ve made some with chocolate chips, raisins, oats and PB and they’re super addicting! Can’t wait to try these!

    I prefer PB over AB and white chocolate over dark!

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  • Madeline

    1. Have you ever made balls? If so, what flavor? Yes! There’s a recipe I found on pinterest that has like 10 ingredients so it can take a while to make, but that’s my favorite recipe I’ve made. I tried your simple recipe and my first attempt was too crumbly (I didn’t add enough water!) The second attempt was much better as far as moisture – I shredded an apple for Apple Cinnamon energy balls, but something is still off about the flavor. I’m pretty sure it’s the brand of protein powder I’m using. I bought a giant tub from Walgreens and HATE the flavor so I’ve been trying to use it in other recipes so I don’t waste it. I’ll buy another kind and try it again.

    2.Almond butter or peanut butter? Oh goodness that’s hard to choose. I love both! Maybe peanut butter for this recipe so it’s more smooth.

    3.White chocolate or dark chocolate? Again hard to choose! I really like the Brookside dark chocolate covered berries. I bet those would be awesome in the energy balls!

    Reply to Madeline
  • Leisha

    I made these using ProGranola instead of oats since I eat keto. Delicious! I might try doing the same with your recent muffin recipe.

    Reply to Leisha
  • Tori @torinsley

    I’ve only ever made energy balls one time and they turned out terrible. I didn’t care for the recipe and it really turned me off to them. I would be willing to give these a try because white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are my favorite.
    I totally prefer peanut butter to almond butter, am a huge fan of cookie butterπŸ˜„ but let’s be honest I like them all.
    When it comes to chocolate I will take any and all forms it comes in lol. Hope you have an amazing week. Love your recipes!
    I still make your oatmeal cream pies every year for thanksgiving and every raves about them.

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  • Jeni

    I’m seriously loving the energy balls/energy bites trend! They’re so perfect for taking to school– I commute and park over a mile from campus, so the less stuff I have to carry while walking that distance, the better. These can just be thrown into a small container and stored in a small compartment in a book bag! They also seem relatively inexpensive to make, which is even better πŸ™‚

    When I was a kid we used to make peanut butter balls all the time! I don’t recall the exact recipe, but it involved peanut butter, powdered milk, chocolate chips, and honey. Other than that, I haven’t made any energy balls recently, but looking at your recipes I’ll have to start again πŸ™‚

    To answer your other questions, I really like the taste of almond butter, and dark chocolate >>> white chocolate, especially when it’s paired up with oranges or strawberries!

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  • Sara

    Did you and kyle break up? πŸ™

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  • Linda @ the Fitty

    5 stars
    I want an espresso machine!! I feel like I’ll never win though. You have so many amazing followers and everytime I enter a contest it never seems to go my way, haha.

    Also, have you ever tried pili nuts?

    And also, what is this new camera that you talk of?! I am so into that kind of stuff since I also blog.

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  • zeyna

    how many carbs

    Reply to zeyna
  • Carol

    My fave combo ever!

    Reply to Carol
  • Samantha

    Where did you get your flower napkin

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  • Presley

    Can I use another nut butter? I don’t like almond butter.

    Reply to Presley
  • Kari

    These look delicious and easy to make for my Sunday meal prep!

    Reply to Kari
  • Andy

    Can I omit the white chocolate?

    Reply to Andy
  • Stefanie

    5 stars
    I found you on google from your last ball recipe! I look forward to making these!

    Reply to Stefanie
  • Susie @ Mile High Dreamers

    I LOVE this flavor combination. In Boulder we have this place called Boulder Baked (see what they did there…) and it’s fresh baked cookies to order. I ALWAYS get this flavor! But this is the perfect way to satisfy that craving without taking a huge nosedive into a calorie sugar fat pool (although I won’t say that’ll never happen…).
    We do energy balls all the time, usually just a basic chocolate chia version!
    Almond butter all the way (I’m obsessed with Nutzo right now too).
    And if it’s chocolate… I’ll eat it!
    Have a great weekend Taralynn!

    Reply to Susie @ Mile High Dreamers
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Susie!

      Hahaha! True! These are a better alternative to my FAVE cookie…the white chocolate macadamia nut! I had so many of those Subway cookies as a little kid. Hahaha no chocolate discrimination happening! πŸ˜‰

      Have a great weekend, Susie!

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  • Lindz

    5 stars
    I made them this afternoon! I didn’t have almond butter but used sunflower butter and they were a hit with the kiddos.

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  • Sara

    Could you bake these?

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  • Jessica

    Looks amazing! Currently eating my oatmeal raisin protein balls while I’m reading this, I bring two to work with me every day for afternoon snack/pick me up! Similar ingredients to the ones you used, except instead of white chocolate chips & macadamia nuts, I used raisins, honey, vanilla extract, and chia seeds!

    Can’t wait to try these out!

    Reply to Jessica
  • Deanna Perry

    These look super easy. I also use plant based protein powders, I just wondered if they make it more crumbly. Anyway I’m going to make these today.

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  • Meghan

    OMG these look so good! White chocolate macadamia is my favorite flavor of anything ever haha I have made chocolate peanut butter energy balls in the past, and ‘monster cookie’ ones with mini m&m’s in place of chocolate chips. I haven’t made them in forever though because I don’t have enough self control to only eat one, theyre so good!

    I just tried almond butter for the first time a few months ago and I’m obsessed. It’s so good! I love it on apples. My go to chocolate is usually dark chocolate!

    Also, I just made your cranberry carrot chicken last night for dinner and it was sooo good! I didn’t have a can of cranberry sauce, but I had dried cranberries so I just heated some of them up and mashed them in place of it and it worked well! Ended up throwing the leftover veggies on my salad today!

    Reply to Meghan
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Meghan!

      So happy you enjoyed the cranberry chicken!! Now I may have to make that! πŸ™‚ yummy!

      ohhhhhhh yes dark chocolate for the win! Try it with almond butter!


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  • Rayna

    5 stars
    I’ve been waiting on this recipe!

    Thanks for posting!

    Reply to Rayna
  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Chocolate protein balls? Count me in! Sounds like heaven! πŸ˜‰ ❀️

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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  • Rebecca Forney

    These look awesome! Is there any substitution for the protein powder? Or is it possible to just omit it- I’ve tried a lot of different protein powders and have never been a fan of the taste. To answer your questions- I’ve never made balls but always wanted to try to make them! I love all nut butters but I think peanut butter over almond, and def dark chocolate over white chocolate. I do love white chocolate macadamia nut cookies so I’m sure I’ll love these as well!

    Thanks for the recipe and have a great weekend!

    Reply to Rebecca Forney
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Rebecca!

      You don’t have to add the protein powder at all! πŸ˜€ If you love white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, you’ll LOVE these!!

      Have a great weekend!

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt
  • Krista

    These look awesome!! I’m definitely looking forward to the lemon ones; it’s one of my favorite flavors! I’ve made energy balls a couple times, including chocolate hazelnut ones a couple of weeks ago. I like them for a quick snack on the go, as we tend to spend a lot of time driving.

    I love almond butter, but I can’t say I’d eat it out of the jar quite like peanut butter. I love the Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups, but dark chocolate in general is awesome. I could never wrap my head around white chocolate in general, though admittedly, I ate a ton of white chocolate macadamia cookies from Subway when I was in college. πŸ™‚

    Reply to Krista
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Krista!

      Thanks so much! I’m excited to post the lemon ones soon!

      mmmm hazelnut would be delicious! one of my favorite nuts lol

      omg…………i ate so many white chocolate subway cookies in my lifetime! lol I actually posted a healthier/almond flour version on the blog years ago!

      Reply to Taralynn McNitt

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