Every morning is a busy morning in my house—especially on days when I’m getting my son ready for school. When you’re health conscious, you want to make sure that you’re fueling yourself with nutrient dense foods throughout the day. Most mornings I make myself a protein packed smoothie because I can easily load in fresh, raw greens and lots of other healthy and delicious ingredients.
On days when I don’t have time to even throw some things in a blender for a smoothie, these Chocolate Protein Power Balls save the day. They can easily be made the night before. It probably takes 15 minutes (max) and then I can grab a few on the go either to get the day going or to enjoy as a healthy snack.
This recipe was given to me by my husband. He was out of town and being completely committed to fitness, he always makes sure to find a gym and work out. One of the trainers in the gym he was visiting gave him this recipe. I’ve modified it a little bit to suit my personal tastes.
What I love about this recipe is that it’s pretty flexible. If you don’t like chocolate (but who doesn’t like chocolate? :-)) you could easily substitute a different flavored protein powder and omit the cocoa powder and perhaps add a bit more almond flour and nut butter. Either way, it’s an easy go-to recipe for eating healthy on the go!
- 1 cup of almond flour
- 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder of your choice (Garden of Life and Vega are both great brands)
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup of nut butter (I used raw coconut butter; sunflower seed butter, almond butter, cashew butter and peanut butter are other options as well)
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- 3 to 4 tbsp. chia seeds
- Pulse all ingredients except the chia seeds in a food processor until smooth. It will probably be a bit crumbly. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
- Using clean hands, form the mixture into balls that are about 1-inch in diameter rolling the “dough” between your palms.
- Place the chia seeds in a small bowl and roll each ball into the chia seeds. You’ll have to press firmly to get them to stick. This recipe makes about 16, 1-inch diameter protein balls. Hope you love it!