Chocolate Coco-Nutty Protein Balls
2 Cups Raw Walnuts
2 Cups Raw Almonds
1/2 Cup Pitted Dates
1 Tbsp Coconut Flour (not required, adds fiber)
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao powder or carob powder (caffeine free version)
2 – 4 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder (I use Harmonized Vegan or BioSteel Whey- each give a different flavour variation and you may need to adjust the amount of powder used to suit your taste. Important thing is to avoid sucrolose, aspartame or other artificially flavoured or sweetened protein powders).
1 -2 tbsp water, as required.
1/2 Cup shredded unsweetened coconut
In a large capacity (8 cup or greater) food processor, grind nuts until they are almost a powder. There will still be small pieces of almonds, that’s ok.
Add in cocoa/cacao powder, coconut flour and protein powder. Mix until well combined.
Add dates and vanilla extract and blend until mixture begins to form a paste. You will need to scrape down the sides to make sure everything is mixed well, especially if your food processor has a smaller capacity. Gradually add in coconut oil while mixture is on high.
Turn off food processor and check mixture for consistency. It should stick together easily and should not be dry. If mixture is too dry, continue mixing and gradually add in water 1 tsp at a time until desired consistency is reached.
Form mixture into small balls by hand (wearing powder free latex gloves prevents it from sticking to your hands) and roll each ball in shredded coconut until coated.
Once all the balls are formed, place in freezer for at least 30 minutes for them to harden. They can be kept in a sealed container in the freezer for at least a month (if they last that long!) Can be eaten from frozen or from the refrigerator. Nuts should always be kept refrigerated to prevent them from going rancid.