July 10, 2018
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Chocolate protein balls are taking over the internet and you should definitely hop on board.
Evan and I are heading to Colorado soon and I’ve been on the search for the perfect protein ball recipe that we can take on the road with us that is healthy, tasty, and filling so that we aren’t tempted at the airport (I am also on a mission to get Evan to like dates). I was inspired by one of my favorite Youtubers Sarah from Sarah’s Day, but I found her recipe pretty complicated and I would have to buy a lot of ingredients online. THIS recipe is amazing because it’s really simple, sooooo good, and you can get all of these things at your average grocery store.
These protein balls ring in at about 95 calories each, so just a couple would be the perfect pre-workout snack to keep you satiated and focused on your workout. Or if you’re like me and need a little bit of fudgy goodness in your life, you can eat these while watching Netflix. You do you.
Makes about 22 protein balls
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup protein powder (I used this vanilla one that is raw)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 12 dates
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup oats
- 3/4 cup coconut flakes
- 14-16 tsp of water or coffee
- In your food processor or blender, blend the one cup of shredded coconut into finer pieces (optional). I found this worked better with my protein balls.
- Once finished shredding coconut flakes, take out of blender and place on a plate.
- In your blender or food processor, add in all ingredients except for the liquid (water or coffee). Make sure to take the pits out of your dates.
- Blend your mixture. You will likely end with a crumbly texture that won’t roll into balls very well. Add your liquid one teaspoon at a time until your mixture thickens.
- Once your mixture is at your desired consistency (mine took about 14-16 tsp of liquid) begin to roll your protein balls by portioning the mixture with a 2 tbsp measure.
- After rolling each protein ball, place into shredded coconut and cover completely.
- Enjoy your protein balls immediately. If desired, place protein balls in the refrigerator for extra firmness and storage.
As I was taking these photos Evan hovered eagerly beside me saying “can I have another one now?” They really satisfy my sweet tooth and have a doughy texture that is just too good to pass up. We devoured the whole batch this weekend and I’m going to make another! You can take these along as a quick breakfast, easy snack, or indulgent dessert.
The great thing about this recipe is that it is easily customizable for your tastes. I added coffee to mine, but if you want a cinnamon taste, coconut mixed in, or cashew butter instead of peanut butter, you can play around with this recipe and have easy success with it.
Aimee Song just posted a recipe for ones that are have more of a coconut base, so if you’re into that go give these a look as well!
What are you healthy snacking on?
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