Monday, May 28, 2018

Dark Chocolate Almond Energy Balls

These energy balls were inspired by the month of Ramadan. During this month Muslims are supposed to fast from before the sun rises until it sets. Most people will wake up before the sun comes up and have something to eat at whats called "suhoor".  Hopefully what you choose to eat at this time will help sustain you for as long as possible. Thus this recipe came about! These are very nutrient dense and a great balance of fiber, lean protein, and healthy fats. The insoluble fiber will help to keep you feel full, the healthy fats will help you during the ketosis (fat burning) state you will be in during the fast and the protein will help to prevent losing muscle mass. You can make these ahead of time and keep them in the refrigerator for up to one week! 

The base of these energy balls comes from whole rolled oats, a great whole grain that is naturally gluten free and provides great fiber, vitamin B complex, and can help to lower cholesterol levels. 

The almond butter, chopped walnuts, and chia seeds are a great source of healthy fats providing polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids along with omega 3 essential fatty acids. 

Vegan protein powder will provide a great source of lean protein and 2 servings of fruits/veggies. 

The unsweetened cocoa powder and cinnamon will provide great antioxidants. 

The unsweetened almond milk will provide vitamin D and Calcium. 

1 1/2 c Whole Rolled Oats (I use Bob's Red Mill Extra Thick Rolled Oats)
1/2 c vegan protein powder ( I used Amazing Grass Protein Superfood Original Flavor) 
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds 
1/2 c Nut Butter (I use Trader Joe's creamy unsalted almond butter)
3 Tablespoons Honey (I used Wild Raw Wildflower Honey)
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 c semi sweet chocolate chips 
4 Tablespoons Unsweetened Almond Milk

How To Make It

1. Combine the Oats, Protein Powder, Cocoa Powder, Cinnamon, and Chia Seeds 

2. Add the Nut Butter, Honey, Vanilla, and Chocolate chips ( I ended up doing this next step in the food processor it combined it much better) 

3. Add one tablespoon at a time of the almond milk and mix until it becomes lumpy and able to form balls without cracking or falling apart. 

5. Form the balls and Optional: roll them in chopped walnuts or almonds.

6. Once done refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and enjoy for up to one week. 


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