A few months ago, I purchased myself the ever so famous MyProtein Vegan Blend Protein Powder in the chocolate smooth flavour. Unlike most protein powder consumers, I had not bought it with the intention of consuming it everyday for fitness reasons, as I did not find it necessary to increase my protein intake.
However, after playing around with it I found that it was a really great ingredient in the kitchen that could fit in to many different kinds of delicious snacks and treats. I have been loving adding it to my occasional chocolate porridge in the morning, and this recipe for these caramel chocolate fudgy protein balls have been a total game changer!
So I am really excited to share this recipe with you and I also thought I’d let you know that MyProtein have a really huge vegan range for the fitness peeps (just in case someone is in doubt, I am not being paid to say this).
- 1 cup Medjool dates (this means around 12-15 dates)
- 1/2 cup ground almonds (also known as almond flour)
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp ground flax
- 2 tbsp Vegan Blend Chocolate Protein Powder
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional – if you want that extra sweetness!)
This amount of ingredients should make around 10 medium sized protein balls.
If your dates are dried, you will have to pre-soak them in cold water for 30 minutes, or to speed things up you can soak them in hot water for 5 minutes until they are soft and gooey.
Making sure your dates are pitted, chuck the soaked dates into the blender or food processor with the ground almonds, and peanut butter, and blend until it creates a homogenous mixture.
Then add in the ground flax and the chocolate vegan protein and process until it turns into a dough like ball.
If you find your mixture needs a bit more liquid, add in 1-2 teaspoons of water, and if you find that your mixture is too mushy, add in more ground almonds. The texture should be that of play-dough, soft but can still hold its shape quite well.
I also like to add in a little bit of maple syrup for that extra sweetness, however, the dates and the protein will already be very sweet on their own, so be sure to taste the batter as you go!
Take your dough out of the blender and start rolling the dough into even sized balls. Once you are done, place them in an air-tight container and store in the fridge for up to a week, that is if they last you that long!