Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Balls
Makes 12 protein balls
111 calories per ball
6g protein, 6g carbs, 7g fat
I have always wanted to try a protein ball, but every recipe I found used ingredients that I am allergic to (especially oats, they seem to be in every recipe). Plus many recipes contained added sugars that my partner cannot eat.
This weekend I developed a recipe that is fiancé tested and approved, does not contain wheat, gluten, dairy, soy or oats and only needs a few ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
These little protein powerhouses can be eaten after a workout or a run, as a guilt-free dessert or an afternoon protein pick-me-up.
3-5 dates (depending on how sweet you want them)
½ cup protein powder (dairy free)
½ cup peanut butter
1 tbsp. coconut oil
¼ cup chocolate chips (dairy free, I use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips)
1-2 drops vanilla (optional)
2 tbsp. water
Remove pits and blend dates in a food processor with 1 tbsp coconut oil
Once blended, add all remaining ingredients - except for the chocolate chips - into the food processor, blend until mixed
Pour ingredients from processor into a large boil. Add chocolate chips. Mix until chips are fully incorporated
To make balls: use tablespoon-sized scoops of the dough and roll with hands
Place individually in a muffin tray or a cookie sheet with parchment
Cover with wrap and place in the freezer for 1 hour
Serving: 1-2 balls per day
Can be stored in the fridge and will keep for a week, if you don’t eat them all before then!