Happy Sunday everybody! For today’s recipe we’re keeping it simply and delicious with these vegan chai chocolate protein balls. I was inspired to make these after picking up the Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Smoothie Mix in the vanilla chai flavour. Protein powder is super versatile and you can make tons of different recipes using it, it’s not just for smoothies kids.
I was craving something sweet on this particular today, but I wanted to keep it on the healthier side. I decided to make protein balls, and used the protein powder in the process. These are extremely simple to make and they are perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up as they are filled with natural sugar and protein of course. These are perfect to bring to work or school and will give you that boost of energy that some of us need in the afternoon.
If you didn’t have this particular protein powder, it’s 100% fine as you can feel free to experiment with different flavours. You can also omit the powder if you wish and use nuts instead to get your protein fix.
Chai Chocolate Protein BallsPrint Recipe
- 10-12 dates (pits removed)
- 1/2 cup of rolled oats
- 2 heaping tbsp of vanilla chai protein powder
- 1 tsp of cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
- Optional: 1 tsp of maca powder
In a food processor, add in 10 pitted dates, oats, protein powder, maca powder, cocoa, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract. Begin to pulse the mixture until a sticky but not wet dough starts to form. If the mixture is too wet add in a tablespoon of oats at a time, if it's too dry add in a date at a time. I ended up using 12 dates in total to get the right consistency. The mixture should be sticky enough to hold together but not too wet that it's hard to break pieces off.
Begin to roll your protein balls, making them as large or small as you want. I used just under a tablespoon of mixture to make each one. Once rolled, place balls in the fridge for 30 minutes or enjoy right away for a softer texture.
These should be kept in an air tight container and can last up to 5 days in the fridge.