I’m trying to get myself out of a habit. A chocolate bar eating habit that is strange and obsessive and way too real.
It’s not that I don’t want to eat chocolate every day. I actually think eating what you want to in moderation is a good thing. The problem is that I am spending too much money on “treats” that have nothing good for me in them and feel like I need to do a big time swap. As in, not eat so many packaged chocolate bars and try to make my own chocolate-filled goodies that actually satisfy my mad mid-afternoon cravings and have some protein in them.
These little bites came about after making a ton of granola bars and having some leftover dates.
They are delicious and the mini chocolate chips in them totally satisfy my chocolate craving! Plus, I stuffed them with four kinds of seeds for added texture; chia, hemp, flax and sesame to the rescue!!
I like to roll these into 16 balls, which come out to approximately 100 calories and 4g of protein each, but you could roll them into small balls OR just flatten them out into no-bake bars! This recipe is really customizable and I love it to death.
- 1 cup packed pitted dates
- 2 tbsp smooth almond butter
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp flax seeds
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips
- Place dates in a food processor and pulse until a ball is formed, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer date mixture to a mixing bowl and stir in the almond butter, seeds, cocoa powder, protein powder, cinnamon, salt and chocolate chips with a wooden spoon, making sure to evenly disperse the ingredients as much as possible throughout the dates.
- Shape dough into small balls (about 16) and place into an airtight container (or cover with plastic wrap on a plate).
- Store protein balls in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for longer term storage.
Recipe adapted from Oh She Glows
Each protein ball contains: 108 calories | 13g carbs | 5g fat | 4g protein