I came home from work today, did my workout and knew I had to get some protein in, since I didn’t get the chance to eat enough of it today. Protein energy balls it is 😀
I don’t have an exact amount of how much protein I take everyday – I know some people are obsessed with counting calories, grams and macros – but I try to get some protein in at least 3 times a day. This can be fish, meat, Greek yogurt, eggs, protein powder, protein bar, quinoa salad and/or milk.
BTW this is the protein powder I take: Collagen Peptides. I think in the past 4 years, I have tried just about every protein powder I could find. My latest one was the Iron vegan sprouted protein. It is a high quality vegan protein powder but since I have been trying to reduce grains in my nutrition – for low back pain inflammation issues- the collagen protein has worked really well for me.
I was never a protein shake girl 😉 so I always try to find a way around taking my protein in. Sooo, I ended up making these super awesome protein energy balls. The collagen protein is tasteless if you are not too crazy about how most protein powders taste (really tasteless).
I literally just threw ingredients together that I felt would give me some energy (as I needed the energy after my workout to sit down and write this blog post), and that would be low in carbs, high in protein, and HAS to have both chocolate and coconut (just because).
These turned out extremely yummy. All you need to do it mix every single ingredients in until evenly mixed, and make balls. It took me 5 minutes I think.
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder - unsweetened
- 1/4 coconut flour
- 2 scoops of protein powder
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Couple drops of vanilla extract
- 1 tsp raw honey (or stevia)
- 1 tbsp semi sweetened chocolate chips (optional)
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Scoop the mixture into balls.
- Refrigerate for few minutes.
You are free to use vanilla or chocolate protein powder if you wish. I just happened to have a natural flavor.
Also, I added some raw honey, but you can substitute with any natural sweetened you have, such as stevia or xylitol.
I plan on making more of these this week. It is a great way to get more protein into your nutrition without having to buy expensive protein bars that are filled with artificial sweeteners and other junk you don’t really need.
I hope you try this recipe out and let me know how you liked it in the comment area below.