Since I bought a package of hemp protein powder last week I’ve been looking for tasty recipes to make with it, preferably with chocolate in to mask the “grassy” taste that hemp has, so I thought of making chocolate protein balls!
The only issue that I had in looking around for a recipe was that a lot of other vegan food bloggers on the internet do sometimes use strange and expensive ingredients in their cooking, which I wouldn’t really want to use in mine. I genuinely love reading their recipes and looking at their amazing pictures, but in reality there’s no WAY I could be able to afford “chia seeds” or “flax” or, as my sister put it “fairy dust and leprechaun tears”.
So I wanted to make a recipe for protein balls that are really nutritious and great tasting, but using ingredients you could just buy from Tesco (except for the hemp protein powder of course!) so that nobody has to miss out on cool “Instagram”-style health food just because they don’t have the money or time to buy strange ingredients!
I was curious about raw cacao powder, so I bought some from Amazon for about £4 (~$6) but you can easily substitute it for normal cocoa powder, it’s a similar taste (raw cacao powder is a little stronger and more bitter) but just doesn’t have as much protein/minerals in it.
I hope you like this recipe as much as I enjoyed making it, and that maybe you’ll try them out!
Two tablespoons of raw cacao powder (though everyday cocoa powder will work just as well!) – plus a little extra for rolling
Two teaspoons of hemp protein powder
Three tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter
Five tablespoons of ground almonds – plus a little extra for rolling
Three tablespoons of maple or golden syrup
Half a teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
- Mix all of the dry ingredients together well, then slowly incorporate all of the wet ingredients, mixing well until you have a stiff-ish paste.
- Roll into balls with your hands, then roll each ball either into cacao powder or ground almonds.
- Refrigerate for 20 minutes until firm and keep in the fridge to store.
Makes around eight.