We love making protein balls and bars. They are such a practical and healthy snack, a little pocket-goodie with a big boost of energy and strength. Today, we bring those of you who can't resist the temptation of chocolate, some vegan protein balls with a heart and coating of white chocolate, prepared with oats and dates.
On top of flavoursome chocolate, we used a selection of nuts seeds and healthy grains with loads of plant-based proteins and nutrients. Here is some tasty info about these nourishing ingredients:
Hemp seeds. Hemp is an excellent source of healthy fats and proteins. These seeds are also rich with vitamin E and many beneficial minerals, such as potassium, calcium and iron.
Chia Seeds. Chia is much more than an egg replacement in vegan recipes. The celebrated seeds come from flowers of the salvia hispanica, a plant native to South America with gorgeous purple lavender-like flowers. Chia seeds are rich in healthy omega-3 fats fibres and proteins, on top of essential antioxidants and minerals.
Almonds. The sweet and delicate taste of these nuts is a perfect match for white chocolate. Just like the two seeds above, these nuts are an abundant source of proteins, fibres and healthy fats. They can also reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol, as well as help with weight-loss by curbing hunger .
Oats. Eating oats is a great way to fill our bellies with healthy fibres that make us feel full with less. Moreover, oatmeal has no gluten, which makes our white chocolate proteins balls not just vegan but gluten-free as well!
While many power balls recipes include peanut butter for proteins, our energy balls are prepared without nut butters. Instead, we relied on the mighty hemp seeds, which are one of the few sources of complete plant-based proteins. This way, you'll have a high protein boost bite that delivers all the essential amino acids.
White chocolate is by itself quite sweet, so we replaced any additional added-sugars with naturally-sweet dates. But if you'd like power-bites with no sugar at all, we talk about how to make sugar-free and vegan white chocolate at home in another of our recipes. Making white chocolate is easy and fun, check that out!
The beauty of homemade energy balls is how straightforward they are to prepare. Our no-bake recipe requires no cooking, and it's ready in less than 10 minutes of work.
Can't wait to nibble on these cuties? Follow our easy steps below and let's have some fun together!
NOTE: The default ingredients yield 16 balls and one serving consists of 2 power balls.