My all-time favorite flavor combination is chocolate and peanut butter. The love affair started when I was a child after enjoying way too many Reese’s treats. These days I do tend to eat a pretty healthy diet, but I still manage to find ways to enjoy the classic flavor combo. Recently however, I made (at least what I consider to be) a groundbreaking discovery – chocolate and almond butter is just as good of a flavor combination as chocolate and peanut butter! To show you just what I mean, I’ll be sharing a recipe today for making chocolate almond butter protein energy balls. Made with a fantastic selection of ingredients that includes almond butter, cocoa powder, and hemp protein powder, these energy balls are 100% addicting – it’s a good thing they’re so good for you so you can enjoy them guilt-free!
The Flavor Combination You Didn’t Know You Needed Until Now
Making these energy balls is an incredibly simple process as well – yet another reason why I love this recipe so much. You just have to mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until you end up with a soft dough that you can roll into balls. For the specific ingredients, you’ll first need to add two tablespoons of hemp protein powder.
In addition to the hemp protein, you’ll be giving these energy balls their chocolate flavor by adding in a tablespoon of cocoa powder. That’s the perfect amount to add a delightful taste of chocolate without going too overboard with the bitterness that raw cocoa can be known for. Adding cocoa powder for your chocolate is also a great way to really up the nutritional value of this recipe. On top of the cardiovascular benefits that cocoa is well known for, it also provides some great neuroprotective effects as well due to the large concentration of flavonols it contains. (1)
The energy balls definitely offer a ton of almond flavor as well – you’re definitely in for a real treat if you’re a fan of almonds. You’ll be using two tablespoons of almond butter, ⅓ cup of almond flour, and two tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk. Between the three of these ingredients, you’ll be adding a great mix of heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals to the recipe. And just like cocoa, almonds are capable of providing plenty of both cardiovascular and cognitive enhancing benefits. (2)
The only other ingredient you’ll need to add is two tablespoons of Stevia (or your preferred low carb sugar alternative). After mixing everything together, refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes. Roll them into 10 balls and then roll each of them in a bit of extra cocoa powder before once again refrigerating for at least one hour.
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- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 10 1x
2 tbsp hemp protein powder
1/3 cup almond flour
2 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp cocoa powder plus extra for rolling (optional)
2 tbsp almond milk
2 tbsp granulated Stevia or other low carb granulated sweetener to taste.
- Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until you get a soft dough.
- Refrigerate the mixture for about 30 minutes or until it’s hard enough to roll into balls.
- Form into 10 balls (about 1 tablespoon each).
- Roll the balls in extra cocoa powder and refrigerate for minimum one hour.
- Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator.