Healthy Chocolate Protein Balls

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Chocolate Protein Balls (dairy-free, refined sugar-free)

Ingredients

1 cup pitted dates

1 cup sprouted oats

1/2 cup walnuts

2 Tbsp caco powder

1/2 Tbsp maca powder

2 Tbsp chia seeds

1-2 scoops protein powder of choice (I used this one)

splash of water

These healthy chocolate protein balls are seriously about to up your snacking game. I’m a HUGE lunch-time snacker. If I could have a gourmet snack platter everyday for lunch I would. I’m super indecisive and the thought of choosing just 1 meal item to have for lunch makes me want to shed a tear.

So I resort to ALL the things - carrots and hummus, almond flour crackers and guac, apples and almond butter, etc. I also just noticed all of these items are dippable snacks you eat with your hands…maybe it’s just my inner 5-year old coming out to play 🤸🏼‍♀️

Healthy Chocolate Protein Balls

Back to what y’all came here for - the balls. These healthy chocolate protein balls are filled with all the healthy protein, fats, and carbs. They make the perfect addition to your gourmet snack platter (yes, I said gourmet because your co-worker who is munching on that 5 hour old sandwich is going to be SUPER jealous) or the perfect protein packed on-the-go snack!

I use a chocolate protein powder to make them extra chocolaty (because why not?) but feel free to use any flavor you want and any source of protein. I went with a bone broth protein powder since I prefer a vegan or non-whey protein powder (whey doesn’t sit well with me). The walnuts are going to give you an extra dose of healthy fats and have been one of my favorite nuts lately due to their omega-3s and antioxidants. AND the sprouted oats are a killer source of carbohydrates to give you a little energy bump mid day. I recently discovered sprouted oats and absolutely LOVE them! I typically try to buy sprouted grains when I can because they are a lot easier to digest and can contain more nutrients (#winning!) 😎

Healthy Chocolate Protein Balls

Healthy Chocolate Protein Ball Directions

Yields approx. 12 balls

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until mixture forms a large ball

  2. Transfer mixture into a large bowl and refrigerate for about 10 minutes (this allows the mixture to cool down and makes it easier to roll)

  3. Spoon mixture (or use an ice cream scoop) into golf ball-sized balls and roll in between hands to smooth out

  4. Sprinkle with a extra cacao powder for a little extra chocolate

  5. Store in refrigerator and munch on them all week long