Healthy Chocolate Protein Balls #themayway

Energising Chocolate Protein Balls

Healthy Chocolate Protein Balls #themayway

Including oats in this recipe ensures a balanced nutritious snack making them not only perfect if you’re out of time for breakfast but also a versatile snack throughout the day, whether you’re in need of a pick-me-up mid-afternoon or you’re craving a sweet treat at the end of your evening meal, these little energising protein balls will hit the spot! The variations are endless, but I always like to use raw cacao for an indulgent chocolate fix and “feelgood” factor – know what I mean?!

 

These anti-inflammatory protein balls are rich in flavanols, Omega-3s and provide plenty of antioxidants that protect against free-radical damage.

 

They will keep in the fridge for a week or so (if they last that long!) as well as the freezer, making them a perfect snack to grab at the beginning of the day for later.

To make these energising Protein Balls, you’ll need…

 

Making these protein balls is super easy, here’s how…

If using whole almonds and cashews, start by blending them in a food processor to a coarse texture. Then add the dates along with all the other ingredients and pulse until well combined and finely blended. Start with 3 tbsp coconut oil and if the mixture is still crumbly and difficult to form into a ball after combining, use a little more. I usually have to scrape down the sides of the blender a couple of times to ensure a good consistency.

They are now ready to roll into small balls. Put the toasted coconut onto a small plate and roll each ball around until fully coated.

Refrigerate for a firmer texture for an hour before serving.

NB: These quantities can be adjusted according to taste.

 

TIME SAVER: If you’re short of time, line a brownie tin with greaseproof paper and simply press the mixture into a tin until firm and compact. Sprinkle the top with desiccated coconut and cut into small squares and refrigerate.

 

Variations:

  • Use (chopped) dried apricots instead of dates for a more tangy, less sweet ball
  • For a more smooth texture, you can leave out the oats
  • Replace the oats with shredded coconut
  • Add ground cinnamon or ground ginger for a spicy alternative

Energising Chocolate Protein Balls

Including oats in this recipe ensures a balanced nutritious snack making them not only perfect if you’re out of time for breakfast but also a versatile snack throughout the day, whether you’re in need of a pick-me-up mid-afternoon or you’re craving a sweet treat at the end of your evening meal, these little energising protein balls will hit the spot! 

The variations are endless, but I always like to use raw cacao for an indulgent chocolate fix and “feelgood” factor – know what I mean?! 
These anti-inflammatory protein balls are rich in flavanols, Omega-3s and provide plenty of antioxidants that protect against free-radical damage. They will keep in the fridge for a week or so (if they last that long!) as well as the freezer, making them a perfect snack to grab at the beginning of the day for later.
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Keyword: Chocolate snack, Energy Balls, Post-exercise snack
Author: May Simpkin

Ingredients

To make these Bliss Balls, you’ll need….

  • 50 g almonds whole or ground
  • 50 g cashews whole
  • 100 g pitted dried dates can use mixture of dates and dried figs
  • 30 g raw cacao
  • 30 g chia seeds
  • 60 g oats
  • 85 g coconut oil
  • 2-3 tbsp vanilla extract
  • desiccated coconut – for coating optional

Instructions

Here’s how…

  • If using whole almonds and cashews, start by blending them in a food processor to a coarse texture. Then add the dates along with all the other ingredients and pulse until well combined and finely blended.
  • Start by adding 2 tbsp coconut oil to bind the mixture. If it is still crumbly and difficult to form into a ball after combining, use a little more. I usually have to scrape down the sides of the blender a couple of times to ensure the mixture is well combined and a good consistency.
  • They are now ready to roll into small balls. Put the dessicated coconut onto a small shallow plate and roll each ball around until fully coated.
  • Refrigerate for a firmer texture for an hour before serving.

Notes

Variations:
  • Use dried apricots instead of dates for a more tangy, less sweet ball.
  • For a more smooth texture, you can leave out the oats.
  • Replace the oats with shredded coconut
  • Add ground cinnamon or ground ginger for a spicy alternative
 
TIME SAVER: If you're short of time, line a brownie tin with greaseproof paper and simply press the mixture into a tin until firm and compact. Sprinkle the top with dessicated coconut and cut into small squares and refrigerate.

Nutritional Nugget:

So what is Raw Cacao? It is the raw unprocessed chocolate (cacao) bean that has not been roasted. It is high in Magnesium, which makes it a great energiser, as magnesium is crucial in the energy production process. Here’s a great article with much more on this superfood CLICK HERE

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