Protein Choc Balls
Its so hot in Adelaide at the moment that eating a big lunch or cooking in the hot kitchen is that last thing on my mind. But I am a huge advocate for still getting the nutrients that I need throughout the day even if I don’t feel like eating.
That is where these protein balls save the day.
You can literally throw in a few nuts, coconut, protein and whizz together and then roll with love…and voila, instant snack to get you through to a much cooler dinner time.
I use 180 Nutrition Protein Powder, because its tasty and natural and doesn’t have that nasty fake sugar flavour of a lot of other protein powders. Along with the protein, the balls also have a lot of healthy fat from the coconut and butter to keep you fuller for longer.
Without further adieu, meet my protein choc balls!
- 1/4 C Butter, Grass Fed
- 1/2 C Cashews
- 1/2 C Macadamias
- 1/2 C Almond Flour (or you can try 1 1/2 C of almond flour instead of the other nuts)
- 2 TB Cacao Powder
- 1/3 C Coconut Desiccated, unsweetened
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract, pure
- 2 TB Coconut Milk
- 1 TB Coconut Oil, melted
- 1 TB Pure Honey (or Rice Malt Syrup)
- 1 TB Protein Powder (or Lucuma Powder instead!)
- Chia Seeds
- 1. Whizz in a food processor all of your nuts until a fine, flour-like powder. Remove from bowl and set aside.
- 2. In the food processor, add the butter and mix until smooth and soft
- 3. To the butter, add your nut powder, cacao powder and desiccated coconut and mix
- 4. Add the coconut milk, vanilla, coconut oil and honey and mix
- 5. Finally, add in your protein powder and mix. Try to roll one ball with your hands, if too sticky, add a little extra protein powder, if too dry add a touch or coconut milk. (but it should be just fine!)
- 6. Roll together 15-20 balls, slightly smaller than golf ball size and place in the fridge until ready to eat!
- You can coat these in chia seeds or coconut, but I left most of mine as is. Delicious!
- **Note - I tried the same recipe, but using only cashews instead of the other nuts and almond flour and the recipe needed a slight more protein powder to dry out the mixture as the oil content from the nuts was higher. Its very easy to amend this recipe as you please.