People could debate about what diet plan achieves the best results until the end of time. I’m sure you could find at least a few individuals who have had success with pretty much every type of dieting strategy you could think of. That being said, there are undoubtedly some approaches that many people seem to unanimously agree produce great results. The keto diet is one such approach. Keeping your carb intake to the bare minimum and eating high fat meals along with moderate amounts of protein is a great way to watch the pounds melt off. And while I don’t personally eat a 100% strict keto diet, I do quite enjoy making keto-friendly snacks like these energizing keto protein balls that are great for fueling your mind and body. They’re loaded with healthy fats and just the right amount of protein to make an incredibly tasty and satisfying snack.
100% Keto-Friendly and Oh So Satisfying
When making any type of keto recipe (even these protein balls), it’s important to place more of an emphasis on the sources of fats that you add. Protein is definitely still important, but it’s the large amount of fat that helps people enter a state of ketosis. So with that in mind, you’ll be using quite a few quality fat ingredients when making these protein balls. You’ll be adding most of these ingredients into a blender, beginning with one cup of almond flour. A single cup of almond flour contains approximately 56 grams of fat, with 35 of them being of the heart healthy monounsaturated variety. It also provides a solid amount of fiber at 14 grams, and 24 grams of protein as well.
Along with the almond flour, you’ll be using two of my favorite types of seeds in this recipe – chia seeds and pumpkin seeds. Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals. They’re also rich in antioxidant activity, and studies have demonstrated they may offer some great cardioprotective effects as well. (1) Similarly, pumpkin seeds also provide a solid mix of healthy fats, protein, dietary fiber, and minerals like magnesium, manganese, copper, and tryptophan.
The keto balls will also offer a delightful chocolate flavor thanks to the addition of two chocolate ingredients. You’ll be using both two tablespoons of raw cacao powder along with ¼ cup of chocolate protein powder.
After adding all of the above ingredients into the blender, mix in a little bit of an all-natural sweetener like Stevia and pulse until they’re all combined. Then gradually add in ½ cup of coconut oil, three tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk, and a single teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Blend everything once more and then refrigerate the mixture until you can roll it into about 24 balls. Following that, pop them back into the fridge again for about an hour before serving them.
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Energizing Keto Protein Balls to Fuel Your Body and Mind
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 24 1x
1 cup almond flour
½ cup chia seeds
½ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup chocolate protein powder
2 tbsp cacao powder
½ cup coconut oil
3 tbsp almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp granulated Stevia or to taste
- Place the almond flour, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, protein powder, cacao powder and sweetener in a blender and pules to combine.
- Add the coconut oil, almond milk and vanilla extract and pulse to combine.
- Refrigerate the mixture for about 30 minutes or until it’s hard enough to roll into balls.
- Form into 24 balls (about 1 tablespoon each).
- Refrigerate for minimum one hour before serving.
- Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator.