A few months ago I thought I would try to kick off my chocolate habit (can’t believe I’m declaring this on the internet…) by switching to cacao protein balls.
After a bit of research, I swear that every health-freak on the internet (and their dog) has their own version of these homemade chocolate protein balls.
So after weeks of experimenting, I’ve come up with my perfect recipe. I now make this batch once or twice a week, and most times I leave out the protein powder. It also turns out that my kids love eating them as well.
I leave them in an air tight container in the fridge and I snack on them whenever I have a sugar craving :)
Here are some notes:
* It is low sugar (only 1 tablespoon of honey between 30 balls)
* I DON’T like dates. Lots of recipes online use dates (to stick the ingredients together). In fact I don’t like any fruit (sultanas/cranberries/goji berries) in my chocolate balls.
* I actually use organic carob powder (because someone gave me a box) but you can use raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder.
* I love coconut and coconut oil, so this uses a lot of it. (You can buy organic coconut oil in Coles for $10 a jar)
* Just omit the protein powder, if you don’t like having protein powder.
* This recipe was originally based on a Thermomix recipe. But I don’t have a Thermomix so I use a food processor.
* I use natural peanut butter – no added sugar or salt or anything! (I also bought this from Coles for $4 a jar)
Karen’s Chocolate Nut Protein Ball Recipe
½ cup of roasted unsalted almonds
¼ cup of roasted, unsalted cashews
2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds (or pepitas)
¼ cup of desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons of protein powder
¼ cup of carob / cacao powder
4 heaped tablespoons of peanut butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoons of honey
1 cup of desiccated coconut for coating the balls
1) Throw everything into your food processor and blend! I blend the dry ingredients first for a minutes or so, because I just have a very basic food processor and I want to make sure that everything is crushed up nicely. Then add the wet sticky stuff after.
The consistency should be sticky and clumped together. If it’s still crumbly and falls apart, just add more peanut butter.
2) Roll into little balls.
This recipe makes about 30 balls.
3) Roll the balls around and coat them in coconut.
(Why are there only 27 balls pictured? I ate 3 while making this batch haha!)
4) Stick them in the fridge and best eaten cold!