Recipe: Vegan Mint Cacao Protein Balls

recipes, sweet treats

Recipe: Vegan Mint Cacao Protein Balls

recipes, sweet treats

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So I’ve been promising this recipe for ages and finally I’ve got round to blogging it! Yep, these are pretty much my homemade vegan version of those utterly delicious Bounce Balls. I’ll be honest, Bounce Balls are delicious, more delicious than these, and I’m not suggesting that you don’t buy them as they are lush! However they are a bit pricey to be eating everyday. These are still a pretty decent version which also happen to be lower in calories, lower in sugar, higher in protein and vegan.

Not bad eh?

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Plus they are only a handful of ingredients and really easy to make. They are ideal for post workout or just a delicious blood sugar balancing snack. To eat on the go, wrap them in some foil.

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Vegan Mint Cacao Protein Balls
Yields 8
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup soft pitted dates
  2. 1/2 cup almonds
  3. 1/2 cup of chocolate flavoured brown rice protein powder (such as Sun Warrior)
  4. 2 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
  5. Optional - 2-4 tbsp of granulated sweetener like xylitol
  6. 1 tsp mint extract
  7. 1/4 cup of cacao nibs
Instructions
  1. 1. Place the almonds into a food processor and blitz until broken down into small pieces.
  2. 2. Add the dates and process again until they have been chopped up quite finely.
  3. 3. Add the protein powder, cacao / cocoa powder and sweetener and blitz again.
  4. 4. Add the mint extract.
  5. 5. With the processor still on, very slowly add a tablespoon of water at a time until the mixture clumps together to form a soft ball.
  6. 6. Take lumps of the mixture and roll into balls, then roll in cacao nibs pushing the nibs into the dough so they stick.
  7. 7. Keep refrigerated for up to 5 days
Notes
  1. The balls last well in the fridge but you may find the cacao nibs change texture due to the moisture.
Wholeheartedly Laura https://wholeheartedlylaura.com/
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Do you like the mint chocolate combo? Are you a fan of protein snacks? 

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24 Comments

  1. Lucy

    Amazing! I bloody love the cacao mint flavour of Bounce Balls. I’ve been thinking about getting protein powder recently, preferably a vegan one and had a look at the Sun Warrior stuff – I just had no idea which flavour to go for/I’d get the best use out of. It’s going to be chocolate isn’t it?! Just so I can make these, of course ;-)

    She’s So Lucy

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    • Laura Agar Wilson

      Haha probably – but remember you could just add some cocoa powder to the vanilla to make it chocolately?

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  2. Kezia @ Super Naturally Healthy

    Oh I was about to just right I love balls but that sound too rude doesn’t it!! But I do love protein balls like this – such good pre/post workout snack s and great with a cup of tea!

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    • Laura Agar Wilson

      Haha! Yep a bit rude lol, but I think we’ve all done it when talking about healthy snack balls!

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  3. Louise @louliveswell

    YUM! These nut balls-type creations never last very long in my fridge – they’re so moreish! I have to make sure to only take one into work and not the whole lot!

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    • Laura Agar Wilson

      I’m terrible with them, they are too easy to just snack on all the time!

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  4. Jude

    I just made them..the mixture tasted great…

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  5. Anna @AnnaTheApple

    Sounds really tasty – and a way more cost-effective way of having them. Only problem is not gobbling them all up at once haha!

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  6. Lauren (@PoweredbyPB)

    Yum! Great idea, I always wanted to try that Bounce ball but it’s sadly not Vegan :( I love the new Pulsin mint choc chip one though, such a good combination.

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    • Laura Agar Wilson

      I need to find some of the Pulsin ones, they sound delicious!

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  7. Lauren

    100% making these – they totally look like bounce balls too. Buying balls and bars gets very expensive so this is a great way to save some money and some added sugars as well.
    I love that they are using brown rice protein too :) and yes I dig chocolate and mint – used to be my favourite flavour ice cream as a kid!

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    • Laura Agar Wilson

      Mmm is it bad you’ve got me craving mint choc ice cream now!

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  8. Maria @ runningcupcake

    These sound fab!
    I love the mint choc combo- the bounce ones are so good although I always end up with cacao nibs stuck in my teeth- not a good look!
    Pulsin now do a choc mint one and that is really tasty too.

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  9. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I love the mint bounce balls, but they are quite expensive, so I am going t have to try making them myself.

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  10. sandra moffat

    So excited :-) I know what im up to before my run tonight!!!

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  11. Helen

    I love the mint choc chip bounce balls but they are quite pricey for an everyday snack – I’ll have to try making these I think!

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  12. Kathryn

    I just nutella-ified these by swapping the almonds for hazelnuts and the mint extract for a tbsp of nut butter. Works a treat! Thanks Laura.

    Reply

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