Plant Based Protein Power Balls
Whenever you hear "balls" do you immediately go back a decade or so to when you were dancing it up to "Get Low" by Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz? Haha... till the sweat drip down my... alrighty, you get the point! Maybe I'm reminiscing to my pre-pregnancy days, but rest assured this mama will still get low post-pregnancy (yes, I'll be that mom).
But onto the balls, the ones we are going to make and devour... that are plant-based! Alright, so hopefully I didn't already lose you at the title of "plant-based" because I was once that girl who saw those two words and kept on scrolling. I am not plant-based, vegan or vegetarian.
And to be honest, I actually LOVE meat, to be honest but 100% of my supplements made the switch over to plant-based, specifically Arbonne, when I got pregnant because they were safe for me to consume and a lot cleaner of product for me and the babe in my belly to digest. Also, this was the first plant-based supplement line that I thought tasted good, smelt good and I didn't have to add a ton of ingredients to so that I could consume it. Not sure if you've ever tried some of the other vegan lines out there, but wow, they taste "vegan" we will just say haha...
So yeah, if you haven't already picked up what I'm saying... I LOVE THESE PRODUCTS!
And today I'm dishing you up with this sexy little recipe for you and the fam jam to eat up!
I made a few tweaks to this recipe from my usual ones like adding in nutra cleanse (hello extra fiber), almond butter instead of peanut butter (trying to be adventurous here haha) and a few others!
Message me if you have any questions about the recipe of these products! I'm here for you babes!
1 cup chocolate protein powder (I used Arbonne’s chocolate plant-based powder)
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup nutra cleanse (mixture of ground flaxseed, psyllium husks, dandeloin root powder, burdock root powder, and fenugreek seed powder)
1 cup almond butter (no other ingredients other than almonds)
1/4 cup carob chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup crushed peanuts
1/2 cup cashew milk unsweetened in vanilla flavour
Mix these dry ingredients together: protein powder, quick oats, and nutra cleanse.
In a microwaveable dish place the 10 dates with 1/4 cup water, heat for 60 seconds and allow to sit for a few minutes while adding in other ingredients. I used to try and mash these up right away and tonight I allowed them to sit and it made a creamier paste and I didn’t have to reheat!
Add the dates, almond butter, vanilla and cashew milk to the mixture.
Place crushed peanuts into a small dish.
I used a cookie scooper to evenly dish up my balls if you don’t have one aim for 2 tbsp per ball and form using hands.
After you’ve formed your ball mixture roll into peanuts.
If your mixture is too dry you might have to press the peanuts into the ball slightly.
*Tips: if your overall mixture is too dry and crumbling when trying to form balls add in 1/4 cup cashew milk until desired consistency. And, if you are on the other side of the spectrum and your balls are a little too wet (haha keep your mind out of the gutter) add in a tbsp of nutra cleanse or oats until you reach your desired texture.
Hope you all enjoy these balls as much as I did... ps I stored half of these in the freezer so I have them ready to go when I need an emergency snack!
ps.. mini dessert hack: heat up two balls in a microwaveable dish and then top with cashew milk and a dash of honey to make a sweet little dessert bowl! ;)
-Jess and the mini hot tamale...xo