On the off chance that you’re getting a little tired of all the holiday cookies (unlikely, but just in case), here’s a recipe for chocolate covered protein balls. They’re very easy to make, and if you use protein powder made with greens, these protein balls become quite festive.
All you need to make these chocolate covered protein balls is your favourite protein powder, as well as a few other wholesome pantry ingredients. This comes to a grand total of just 8 ingredients!
I used Progressive’s VegEssential™ All in One protein, but feel free to use which ever protein powder you like best. Try to find one that doesn’t get contain any artificial flavouring or preservatives.
Next you’re going to process your protein powder along with some oats, whole almonds, almond butter, shredded coconut, water, and a bit of cinnamon. Once all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, they’ll turn into this earthy green mixture.
And now for the fun part! Scooping out a a tablespoon of the protein ball mixture, roll it into a ball shape. You might need to squeeze the mixture in your hand a couple of times in order to warm it up and make it more doughy.
Of course, you can always just end the process here and leave these protein balls as is. However, I think adding a chocolate coating makes them tastier and gives them more of a “wow” factor. Plus, the dark chocolate coating adds a nice hit of antioxidants, making these protein balls even more nutritious. Unfortunately, there isn’t much antioxidant power in milk chocolate (not to mention the sugar content of milk chocolate is pretty high), so try and stick with dark chocolate. I used 72%, which for me and my family is plenty sweet. If dark chocolate has yet to convince your tastebuds, feel free to use a mix of sweeter and darker chocolate.
Since it’s Christmas time, I topped my chocolate covered protein balls with some goji berries. Don’t these goji berries give the protein balls a very merry feel? Nevertheless, if you don’t have any goji berries, you can always top your protein balls with shredded coconut, nuts, or any other topping you can think up!
These chocolate covered protein balls make the perfect pre-workout snack, post-workout snack, 3’oclock slump-snack, any time snack really. They also make the greatest gift for all your active friends. Simply arrange your bite sized goodies in a box, wrap it up, add a little “made with love” tag, and you’re good to go. I’m sure whoever receives your protein balls will be very grateful for the homemade goodies.
If you make these chocolate covered protein balls, be sure to share on Instagram using #thehappinesskitchen and the tag @thehappinesskitchen_
Hopefully it won’t be a month till the next post! Until then, wishing you the happiest of holidays. May the season bring peace, joy, and love to you and everyone near and dear.
Chocolate Covered Protein Balls
- 1/3 cup protein powder of choice
- 2/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup finely shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup whole almonds
- 3 tablespoons almond butter
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 6 tbsp filtered water
- 39 grams of chocolate 5-7 squares, preferably dark chocolate, such as 72%
- 1 tsp virgin coconut oil
- toppings of choice shredded coconut, nuts
In a food processor fitted with the S-blade, combine all ingredients except for the chocolate and the coconut oil. Process until a crumbly mixture forms.
Scoop out a tablespoon of the mixture. Using your hands, roll into a ball shape. You might need to squeeze the mixture in your hand a couple times to soften it up and make it more doughy. Place protein ball onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Repeat with remaining protein ball mixture.
Melt chocolate and coconut oil over simmering water using a double boiler or a glass bowl placed on top of the pot. Make sure no water gets into the melted chocolate.
Dip protein balls into the melted chocolate. Using a spoon to completely coat the protein with chocolate.
Transfer the chocolate covered protein ball back to the baking sheet lined with wax paper. Top protein balls with topping of choice.
Place protein balls in the fridge for 30 minutes or the freezer for 10 minutes to set chocolate.
Store protein balls in an airtight container or Ziplock plastic bags. Protein balls will keep in the fridge for a couple weeks or in the freezer for a few months
Quote of the post:
“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”
— Mother Teresa