RECIPE: GLUTEN FREE VEGAN CHOCOLATE PROTEIN BALLS

vegan gluten free chocolate protein bites

These gluten free vegan balls are the perfect protein packed snack for all occasions

This is a guest post written by Erica Streick, CNP  from Organika’s Blog

These gluten free vegan protein balls are a great way to get a kick of energy during you midday slump without overloading on processed sugars and empty calories.

The cacao nibs add a nice crunch while providing high amounts of antioxidants like polyphenols, which are great for anti-aging and cardiovascular health. This snack is fiber rich making it great for blood sugar regulation, colon health, as well as keeping you satiated for longer. I added a scoop of Organika® Vege Pro plant-based protein powder to offer 21g of plant-based protein. This protein has a unique blend of 8 medicinal mushrooms containing adaptogenic and immune-modulating properties to give your immune system a boost.

Not only are these energy balls full of nutrients but they taste like a treat and satisfy any sweet cravings you may have. I make these ahead of time and keep them in the freezer since they are great for work, pre workout snacks and sweet cravings alike!

gluten free vegan chocolate protein balls

Chocolate Protein Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop of Organika® Vege Pro
  • 1/4 cup organic gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup organic nut butter of choice (pecan butter is amazing)
  • 5 organic medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp organic cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp organic cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp water (if required)

Directions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor or high speed blender, and blend until the mixture becomes a dough-like consistency.
  2. Roll the dough in 1-inch balls and place in a container in the fridge or freezer.

Decadent Quinoa Powder – by Kathy Smart

Serves 8

Ingredients:

4oz Fair Trade Dark Chocolate

3 Ripe Organic Avocados – diced

1/2 Cup Organic Maple Syrup (the darker the healthier)

2 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract

2tsp Organic Gelatinized Quinoa Powder

2 TBSP Grass Fed Milk or Milk Alternative

1/2 Cup Softened Organic Dates

1/2 Ripe Organic Banana

Pinch of Himalayan Salts

Chopped Toasted Organic Almonds or Fresh Organic Berries for garnish

 

Method:

Melt the chocolate gently on low heat in a small saucepan.

Place the avocado, quinoa powder, maple syrup, dates, vanilla, banana, and salt into a food processor and puree.  Add the melted chocolate and puree until completely incorporated.  Add the milk one tablespoon at a time and continue to puree to a creamy consistency.

Serve in a martini glass and garnish as you see fit.

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