Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls

Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

I swear I spend most of my recipe brainstorming time on recipes that will help my kids to eat better without their knowing it. Sneaky Mom that I am, you know…

This is one of their favorite snacks and I am happy to say that it is CHOCKED FULL OF NUTRITION!

Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

Of course, Scarlett loves anything that is chocolate… so it’s not as though I had to bribe her to try these. We call them “Cookie Dough Balls“. It’s much less daunting than Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls, but of course I tend to get these crazy looks of disapproval from people when my daughter begs for “cookie dough balls“, haha. They don’t know what I know about these though! ;)

They are loaded with lots of great PROTEIN and FIBER to help your kids grow and keep them full longer.

And NO refined sugars! YAY :D That’s my favorite part, hehe. These are sweetened 100% with an all natural sweetener- maple syrup.

Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

If you want to make these a special treat than you can go ahead and add some mini-chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or rice crispies. You may even feel like glamming them up a lil’ bit and rolling them in some shredded coconut, cacao powder, chopped nuts, orrrrrr (my personal favorite) chocolate sprinkles.

These can easily be pressed into a parchment lined 8-inch-by-8-inch pan and cut into squares or rectangles if you don’t feel up to rolling out balls. Totally your call!

*Oat flour can easily be made in your food processor at home from rolled or quick oats.*

Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls @ TheGreenForks.com #vegan #healthy

Smart Substitutions:

  • Any protein powder can be substituted for the hemp protein.
  • Agave nectar can be used in place of maple syrup. Honey can as well, but you may not need as much oat flour to reach the desired consistency.
  • Regular cocoa powder can be swapped from cacao powder.

Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls
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Serves: about 16
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup hemp protein powder (or other non-flavored plant protein powder)
  • 1¼ cup oat flour
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt (or less if using salted almond butter)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and process until mixture comes together and ball starts to form.
  2. Scoop out tablespoonful-sized dollops of dough and roll into balls; set aside in tupperware container to be stored in fridge. (Using damp hands will allow you to roll the balls without much dough sticking to your hands)

 

 

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