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Choc - Mint Protein Balls

July 25, 2016

There are so many different protein ball recipes out there, but you have to try mine! They take less than 15 minutes to make and are a tasty nutritious snack for any occasion.  I can guarantee that your whole family will love them. 

 

People often become nervous giving their children protein powder in recipes like this, but the truth is, kids need a higher amount of protein in the first 13 years of life as they are rapidly growing. However, it's extremely important to use a good quality plant based protein powder that doesn't have any artificial ingredients or fillers. Please read the ingredients on the back of your protein powder before you buy it as they are not aIl made equal. 

 

Things you don't want in a protein powder:

  • Sugar

  • Artificial flavours, colours, preservatives, sweeteners

  • Fillers/bulking agents/thickeners - often soy derived or skim milk powder

  • Soy protein - often GMO and cause hormonal disturbances

  • Casein & Whey Protein Isolate (WPI)

  • Vegetable oils & fats - trans fats that are often hydrogenated

 

These ingredients do not contribute to the nutritional value of the protein powder. The reason I opt for a plant based protein is because it's more easily digestible than casein or whey and does not create gastrointestinal disturbances such as bloating or flatulence. Plant based powders also contain higher amounts of other beneficial nutrients that casein and whey do not possess. The less ingredients in your protein powder the better. We want to avoid consuming unnecessary artificial ingredients where we possibly can. I personally like the protein powder made by Raw Amazonia, but your local health food store will have a good range. 

 


Protein balls can be made in a variety of flavours, keep an eye out for some other great flavours that I'll be posting in the future :)

 

 

 

 

What I love about them:

 

- They take less than 15 minutes to make

- They are just as tasty as chocolate truffles

- They don't contain any refined sugars 

- Kids love them!

- They can be made nut-free for school lunches if you replace the almond meal with coconut flour
- They are a guilt - free, preservative and artificial ingredient free treat!

- They make a great post work out snack! 

- They are full of nutrients that help support the nervous system and muscle growth & recovery

 

 

Lets Break It Down:

 

Almond Meal: Almonds are a rich source of nutrients including magnesium, zinc, iron & potassium. These nutrients provide support for nervous system function, immunity, skin integrity and tissue repair.

 

Cacao: Cacao is a great source of magnesium! (Little side note, when you are craving chocolate - this generally means your body is trying to tell you that you are lacking in magnesium). Magnesium is important for nervous system support, cardiovascular health, muscular growth, liver detoxification and electrolyte replacement.  

 

Protein Powder: Including a plant based protein into these protein balls provides your body with amino acids that are important for muscle growth & recovery, nervous system function, liver detoxification, energy production, stabilising blood sugar levels and so much more! Protein is essential in our diets and it's important that we are consuming adequate amounts. 

 

Chia Seeds: These little guys are packed full of omega 3 fatty acids which is a polyunsaturated fatty acid. Omega 3 acts as an anti-inflammatory in the body but is also important for a healthy brain, cardiovascular health and healthy skin. 

 

RECIPE

 

Ingredients

 

1/2 cup almond meal 

(or coconut flour for nut free option)

1/4 cup cacao powder

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1 Tbsp chia seeds

2 Tbsp cacao nibs

6 drops peppermint oil (or to taste)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp plant based protein powder

 

 

Optional:

1/4 cup cacao butter 

Sets the protein balls so they become

little delicious chocolatey bites of goodness

 

Method:

 

1. Combine all dry ingredients together in a bowl

2. In a heat proof bowl, combine honey, coconut oil & cacao butter 

- put in microwave for 10 second intervals until melted

3. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and stir

4. Add peppermint oil and vanilla extract - stir until combined

 

*If you notice your mixture is a little dry, you can add some

extra coconut oil or a splash of water*

 

5. Roll into little balls using approximately 1 tablespoon of mixture for each

6. Set in the fridge for around 30 minutes

 

These little guys will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks,

that's if they haven't all been eaten by then!

 

 

Just remember, every time you eat is an opportunity to nourish your body. So make good choices! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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