Eating healthy is not always easy. One thing that derails my regular eating habits is letting myself get too hungry. When that happens, I lose my mind and eat anything in sight. In the past, this has included french fries, candy, bagels, potato chips, and huge bowls of pasta just to name a few.
To combat this, I love to have quick and healthy snacks on hand. Some of my favorite snacks are my Chocolate Protein Balls. They are easy to make and are filled with nutritious ingredients to keep me satisfied until my next meal. You can roll them in any topping you like. I’m partial to coconut flakes and chia seeds which give them a little crunch.
Not my best job making the chocolate protein balls into perfect spheres but you get the idea.
Chocolate Protein Balls
(Makes about 12 1-inch balls)
½ cup plant based protein powder
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
3 tbs unsweetened raw cacao (or cocoa) powder
2 tablespoons maple syrup, agave, or coconut nectar
¼ cup of nut/seed butter of choice (I use almond or peanut butter or tahini)
2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil (melted)
Shredded coconut, chia seeds or other toppings (optional)
Combine all dry ingredients in a small bowl. Add wet ingredients to the bowl and mix thoroughly until well combined. Use a large spoon or tablespoon to scoop batter and roll into balls. Roll in coconut if desired.
You can serve as is or refrigerate before serving. These will keep for 5-7 days in the fridge.
Mary Ellen Valverde MS, CNS, LDN is a Licensed Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist who helps clients regain their energy, confidence and health by adapting and enjoying a plant-based diet. By uniting her functional nutrition education with her passion for plants and mindfulness, Mary Ellen offers a completely holistic and science-based approach to designing a healthy, plant-based life. When she’s not reading up on the latest nutrition research, you can find Mary Ellen doting on her two rescue shih tzus, creating the perfect vegan mac & cheese, or exploring the world with her husband.