Chocolate Salted Caramel Protein Balls (GF, VG, Grain Free)

Chocolate Salted Caramel Protein Balls (GF, VG, Grain Free)

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These little balls of bliss pack a nutritional punch. With 2 superfoods, cacao and maca powder. You can snack happy and healthy. These chocolate salted caramel protein balls will curb those sweet cravings and make a great pre or post workout snack. They are gluten free, vegan and grain free!

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Ok so confession time I had to re make these protein balls, after I had perfected the recipe which in itself took a few attempts. As I ate them all before I could shoot them for the blog! They are so moreish I kept eating one every time I opened the fridge.

Anyway, am definitely not complaining about having another batch of them to eat now. It’s no secret how much I love making protein balls, bliss balls or energy balls whatever you like to call them. I have two other recipes already up on the blog. This coconut, cashew and walnut protein balls click here for the recipe. Then these chocolate cinnamon protein balls click here for the recipe.

Protein balls

Protein balls are a great easy no bake treat you can involve the whole family in. These would be great to make with kids. Let them roll the mixture up in to balls or other fun shapes. Then sprinkle with fun toppings. Some of my favourites are cinnamon, hemp seeds or shredded coconut. Which is what I used for these balls.

To create the salted caramel, I used maca powder and pink Himalayan sea salt. Maca powder can have an earthy malty flavour with a caramel butterscotch undertone. I really like the flavour of maca powder especially when combined with cacao powder which is another superfood in its own right. You can adjust how much maca powder you add to your own personal preference.

Protein balls

Now for which dates to use, I have always used deglet noor dates instead of medjool as noor dates are much cheaper. As long as you soak your noor dates in hot water for 5-10 minutes to plump them up first you should have no problems with them.

If you read my last blog post then you know all about my new hand model. You can check it out here for all the details. This is the second batch of photos she helped me with and they turned out really cute. Much better than my hands tend to look. I usually try and avoid using my hands as they are pretty beat up from the gym.

Protein balls

Chocolate Salted Caramel Protein Balls (GF, VG, Grain Free)

These little balls of bliss pack a nutritional punch. With 2 superfoods, cacao and maca powder. You can snack happy and healthy. These chocolate salted caramel protein balls will curb those sweet cravings and make a great pre or post workout snack. They are gluten free, vegan and grain free! 

Course Snack
Cuisine GF, Grain Free, VG
Keyword Protein balls
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 84 kcal
Author emma

Ingredients

  • 75 grams deglet noor dates (soaked)
  • 30 grams cashew butter or other nut/seed butter
  • 25 grams maca powder adjust to taste
  • 15 grams cacao powder
  • 15 grams unflavoured soya protein powder use collagen peptides for paleo option
  • 15 grams shredded coconut
  • 5 tbsp date water
  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt adjust to taste

Instructions

  1. Soak dates in hot water for 5-10 minutes,

  2. Once dates have soaked remove from the water add them along with all the other ingredients except the shredded coconut and date water to a high speed food processor. 

  3. Blend for 30 seconds. Add 1 tablespoon of the date water at a time and blend until you have a sticky but not wet mixture.

  4. The mixture should clump together when pressed but not be so sticky that you cant roll it. 

  5. Scoop it out into balls i made mine 30g each roughly 1 1/2 tbsp. Roll each ball in the shredded coconut, This will help them become less sticky and more manageable. 

  6. Place balls in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up. Then i store mine in a ziplock bag in the fridge. These will keep for 5-7 days or even longer if you freeze them. 

Recipe Notes

I made 8 30g balls with the mixture. 

Macros for each ball is 3.1f 10.4c 3.6p

Hope you guys enjoy this recipe, don’t forget to pin this recipe and follow me over on pinterest. If you recreate this or any of my recipes to tag me in them on Instagram @emmalouisecee I love to see them all. I also post daily on insta stories if you want to see what I eat in a day and how I train at the gym. Have a great day.

Protein balls



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