Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Chocolate Protein Balls

My poor blog. It has felt very neglected the past few weeks during my exam period and I honestly feel bad for my absence. However moving forward exams are over and holidays have begun! The past few weeks have been hell. I rarely got more then 4 hours sleep a night and on several occasions no sleep. My fatigued little fingers could not type fast enough, trying to get through 4 take home exams over a sadistically short period of time. During study breaks I would quickly scroll through my favourite food blogs, keeping a mental list of things to cook once my holidays begin. And finally... holidays are here!

Lets just say I have very excited to to get back in the kitchen and continuing my exploration of healthy yet yummy foods. Today I started with something simple yet something that will become a staple in our house. Protein balls! These help solve the dilemma of getting protein into your mid-morning snack. They contain a good combination of fat, protein and carbs helping you power through until lunch. William loved them and thought they were a great alternative to his normal morning snack of fruit.

Because they contain protein powder they need to be stored in the freezer to preserve the protein, however they are completely edible straight from the freezer as they stay soft! If you want to pack these in your bag as a transportable snack that's fine as they are still perfectly edible after being out at room temperature for a few hours too.



Chocolate Protein Balls
Makes 15+, depending on size

Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut flour
1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup low carb protein powder of choice
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup dates, pitted, and left to soak in boiling water for at least 30min
1/2 cup cashews/almonds/brazil nuts/pecans
1 tsp espresso powder dissolved in 2 tbsp boiling water
10 drops liquid vanilla stevia (or just use regular stevia)

Instructions

1. In a food processor add your nuts of choice and pulse for 10-20 seconds, until they resemble course crumbs. Drain the dates and add them to the food processor with the espresso shot, and blitz on high until they resemble a thick puree.

2. Add the stevia, coconut flour, protein powder and almond meal. Pulse until all ingredients are fully incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as required. You want the dough to be hold together but not too sticky, so add more water if the dough appears too dry but add it in very small amounts.

3. Once combined, take a large spoonful of the mixture from the food processor and roll it between the palms of your hands until it forms a symmetrical ball. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Store balls in an airtight container in the freezer for a handy and satisfying snack :)

47 comments:

  1. I love these protein balls...great for pre and post workout snack.

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  2. i love snacks like this! yours look sooooooo delicious :)

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  3. Nice to see you posting again Brooke! And i'm glad to hear that your exams are over. Time to relax, celebrate and cook 24/7! lol
    Your protein balls are the perfect pre-workout snack :)

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    1. Oh yes cooking 24/7 is very much on the agenda!

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  4. These look like the perfect pick me up during busy days! Glad you are on a break now - it sounds like you really deserve it!

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    1. Thank you! A break is very much needed. Time to relax and do the things I actually enjoy doing :)

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  5. Amazing protein balls! These are of great help also when it comes to study and pass exams :) definitely a go-to snack!

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    1. A very easy and convenient snack indeed :)

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  6. I think it's perfectly fine to spend some time away from the blog, especially when it comes to important real life stuff like school and tests. Your protein balls look absolutely delicious! I want to carry them around in my pocket (let's see how well that works out for me!)! ;)

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    1. Yes I agree but I still felt bad. They were too delicious. I already need to make a new batch!

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  7. BEAUTIFUL recipe! And those polka dot cups are adorable.

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    1. hehe thank you. Anything polka dotted and pink I fall in love with!

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  8. These look wonderful! Do you have the nutritional values for them? I'm mainly looking at the number of carbs. Thanks!

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    1. The nutritional value will depend on the protein powder you use and how many balls you make. I made 20 balls (they were quite big)and with the protein powder I used each ball had 94 calories, 6g protein, 4g fat and 9g carbs.

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  9. Omygosh,
    these look FAB-
    & I love the presentation!

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  10. Brooke, this is a great idea! They sell those protein bars and balls, and it never occurred to me to make them! Looks really good.

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    1. It is so much cheaper to make them!!

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  11. These look like a great excuse to have chocolate for breakfast! And don't worry about neglecting blogging during busy periods. Sometimes a break helps you come back fresh with new ideas. :)

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  12. Yum! I love making a version of these - they're perfect for pre/post gym, and even sometimes for a little healthy sweet treat when I'm craving something! love the addition of the espresso!! Sounds delicious

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  13. Yum - I need to give these a try. I'm in a breakfast super-rut of eating museli and almond milk EVERY morning lately, and I'm getting a bit tired of it. I think I'll make these, and maybe add some shredded coconut to them?

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