I like to snack. A lot. These giant protein balls are so deliciously indulgent I have to admit I have been obsessed since developing this recipe. Simply put, they are chocolatey, fudgy, nut-butter-y bites of awesomeness that are so packed with protein that I don't feel in the slightest bit guilty about eating more than one at a time. No baking required, simply whizz up in your blender, roll into balls and enjoy straight from the fridge. You can thank me later.
5 30g scoops of chocolate whey protein powder (a vegan alternative can be used)
10g cocoa powder
25g pitted dates
25g coconut oil
100g almond butter
100ml cold water
15g desiccated coconut
In a small bowl warm the coconut oil and almond butter together in a microwave until they are runny. Set to one side.
Place all the dry ingredients except for the desiccated coconut into your blender. Blend until the almonds and dates have been chopped down into fine pieces.
Pour in the (now slightly cooled) melted coconut oil and almond butter into the blender, along with 100ml cold water. Blitz until everything has combined into a dense paste-like consistency.
Before rolling into balls place the mixture into the fridge to cool a little if it feels sticky. It also helps to run your hands under a cold tap to avoid the mixture sticking when you roll it!
Using an ice-cream scoop for portion control (or a dessert spoon), take a scoop of the mixture and roll it between your palms for a few seconds until it is a neat, compacted ball. Then roll or toss your ball into the desiccated coconut.
These will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for a week, or a month in the freezer (just pull out 5-10 minutes before eating for it to meet room temperature).
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