This easy Crunchy Raw Protein Ball recipe has to be in my top 3 favorite snacks because it is simple to make and has so much nutrition packed into each tiny little chocolate ball.
I’m especially excited to share these with you because these were one of the very first recipes I created when I first started eating raw foods to help with my sweet cravings.
They were a lifesaver for me because the protein and coconut oil in them help to curb my appetite and keep me satisfied throughout the day.
There are so many different possibilities with these little gems.
They are great to just leave plain if you are just going to snack on them during the day.
You could also dress them up for the holidays or a special occasion just by rolling them in a variety of different toppings – sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, carob powder, cacao nibs, chia seeds, coconut flakes, and on and on.
Be creative! But most of all, enjoy them…they are good for you and are a gluten-free and guilt-free treat!
5 Fast Facts About Chia Seeds:
- excellent source of healthy omega fatty acids – 700% more than salmon
- contains 500% more calcium than milk
- more antioxidants than flaxseeds or blueberries
- excellent source of dietary fiber with 6 g
- contains 20% of easily digestible protein
5 Fast Facts About Cacao Nibs:
- an excellent source of antioxidants
- contains one of the highest dietary sources of magnesium
- one ounce has an amazing 9 grams of fiber
- one ounce contains 4 grams of protein
- one ounce contains 6% of daily value of iron
5 Fast Facts About Sesame Seeds:
- high in calcium at 35% daily value
- excellent antioxidant
- daily value of 44% manganese and 31% magnesium
- daily value of 73% copper and 29% iron
- helps to reduce inflammation and lower cholesterol
5 Fast Facts About Raw Protein Powder (Garden of Life brand):
- 17 grams of raw protein
- 21 grams of an organic raw sprout blend
- 270 mg of raw probiotic and enzyme blend
- 1 mg of mixed tocopherols
- 3 grams of fiber
5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao:
- contains over 300 compounds including calcium, protein, magnesium, copper, zinc and iron
- super high concentration of antioxidants
- contains 4 different neurotransmitters that promotes a positive outlook and acts as an anti-depressant
- contains essential fatty acids which help to decrease appetite
- can help to decrease blood pressure
5 Fast Facts About Almond Flour:
- helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
- a natural energy booster
- loaded with protein, calcium and fiber
- high in antioxidants
- can help to reduce the risk of heart disease
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism
- improves cholesterol levels
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Tip #1: When using the Garden of Life “Raw Protein”, I’m using the scoop that comes inside the container. One scoop is considered to be “one serving” and is equal to 4 regular tablespoons. If you use a different brand of protein powder, just use a “one serving” amount since it may not necessarily be 4 regular tablespoons like the Garden of Life brand.
Tip #2: You can use your favorite liquid sweetener and make this recipe either 100% raw by using raw organic honey or keep them vegan by using maple syrup, coconut nectar, etc. This is what ‘holds” everything together. Just start with about 2 tablespoons of sweetener and stir everything together until it gets to a paste-like consistency that will hold a ball shape. I don’t like too much sweetness in mine so I only use enough to hold them together, not for the “sweetness”.
Tip #3: You can use the nut butter of your choice in this recipe. I have used almond butter and even peanut butter and both were good.
Tip #4: This recipe makes approximately 20 small balls or 10 larger sized balls, depending on how big you make them.