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Protein Date Balls by Kids Eat in Color

Protein Date Balls by Kids Eat in Color

We’re so excited for you to try these protein-packed date balls, created by Jennifer Anderson, MSPH, RDN. Jennifer provides helpful suggestions for picky eating and shares fun ways to help kids try new foods. Try this yummy recipe and follow her popular Instagram account @Kids.Eat.In.Color for more nutrition tips!

Jennifer suggests that these are perfect for adding a little extra protein (5 grams per ball!) in your child’s diet:

“Looking for an easy way to add protein to your kiddo's school lunch (recipe below)? You all know I'm doing a series featuring moms' food concerns. One concern that a lot of moms have is protein for their kids. My hack to making sure my kids get enough protein, is to have an easy protein-rich snack I can throw in their lunch box. I try to always have date balls ready to go in the fridge. I put the date balls in a lot of M's lunchboxes. I know he will ALWAYS eat them first. The benefit of this recipe is it has extra protein!”

That extra protein comes from Healthy Height’s Shake Mix, but your little one will get an extra dose of healthy fat from the walnuts and optional ingredients, like hemp hearts.

Prep & Serving Size:

20 minutes

Makes 2 servings


  • 1-1/3 cup pitted dates
  • 2 scoops Healthy Height Chocolate Shake Mix
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Optional: bee pollen or hemp hearts in small bowls on the side


  • Mix dates, Healthy Height, walnuts, salt, and vanilla in a food processor until very smooth.
  • Form into 1 Tablespoon-sized balls with your hands.
  • Roll in hemp hearts or bee pollen to coat the outside (makes 'em more yummy and less sticky, and adds nutrients!)