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Chocolate Trail Mix Protein Balls

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Apr 17, April
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These balls are protein packed, made with nutrient dense whole foods, and make a great snack, dessert or grab-and-go breakfast. And did I mention they can be made in only 15 minutes?!

These protein balls were inspired by one ingredient: leftover raisins.

I don't know if it's just me, but I find leftover raisins to be the hardest ingredient to use up. I bought the raisins to make a homemade cinnamon raisin bread (find the recipe on my Instagram here), but then the raisins just sat there, and sat there, and sat there... until this recipe!

What's the first thing you think of when you think of raisins? For me it's trail mix! Overall, trail mix is a great snack filled with protein, iron, and healthy fats. But how can we take trail mix to the next level? Add chocolate of course (hehe). So, these protein balls were created!

Enjoy! And don't forget to follow along and tag me in your beautiful creations @evolvingautumn

Details

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
0 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes
Servings: 12

The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted (around 8 dates)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chocolate protein powder (or vanilla protein powder + 2 tbsp cocoa powder)
  • 1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions

  1. Pulse almonds in a food processor or high speed blender until coarsely ground. Remove 3 tablespoons and set aside.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse to combine. Then blend mixture for about one minute or until thoroughly mixed. You may have to stop and scrape down the sides with a spatula one or two times. *I recommend a food processor for this recipe, but if you are using a high speed blender you will need to add a bit of milk or water while blending. I tried this recipe in a blender and ended up using a bit more than a 1/4 cup of oat milk and they turned out nicely.
  3. Scoop about 2 tablespoons out and roll into a smooth ball. Roll each ball in the reserved almonds grounds. Eat immediately, or store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

 

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Hi, I'm Autumn

I'm Autumn, the recipe developer, photographer, and content creator behind Evolving Autumn. The recipes you'll find here are inspired by my passion to eat locally, sustainably and live wholesomely. My recipes are focused on seasonal, whole food ingredients with a mix of sweet, savoury, entrées, desserts and more.

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