Chocolate Protein Balls are quick to make and a yummy afternoon snack or after dinner treat. I first made something like this when my friend, Gail sent a package to me here in South Africa several years ago. I was so excited to receive a package from home that I didn’t really care what was in it! Upon opening it, I discovered a recipe and all that I needed to make Nut & Date Protein balls. I was delighted! She really sent me such a thoughtful gift. Thank you Gail! After making these a few times, I decided to develop my own recipe that was lower in carbs and higher in healthy fats. I must say these little treats can be quite addicting. Yummers!
1/2 cup Walnuts
1/4 cup Sunflower seeds, raw
2 Tbl. Vanilla protein powder, slightly mounded
3 Tbl. raw Cacao or cocoa powder
2 Dates pitted, fresh or dried
1 1/2 Tbl. Coconut oil
3-4 tsp water
Flaked coconut to roll balls in
Place walnuts, Sunflower seeds, protein powder and cacao powder in a small food processor or power blender like a vita mix. Process until crumbly. Add dates, cut in fourths, and coconut oil. Process again to breakup and incorporate oil and dates. Next, add water starting with 2 tsp and blending. Check mixture to see if it will hold together by smashing tablespoon amount into a ball with your hands. If it still seems too dry add another tsp of water. Roll into 12-14 balls. Then, if desired, roll balls in unsweetened coconut flakes pressing to adhere. Place in a covered container and refrigerate till firm. Store in fridge.
Tip: I’ve used AIM Vanilla Pea Protein powder and Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Protein in vanilla. Another good option is Wazoogles Vanilla Sky Superfoods Protein Shake or Arbonne Protein Shake in vanilla.
I like mine without coconut, but My Man likes it with the coconut. You could also coat them with crushed nuts.
Jeanenne ~Foodie Mama