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?
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.
- 3/4 cup soft pitted dates
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup of chocolate flavoured brown rice protein powder (such as Sun Warrior)
- 2 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
- Optional - 2-4 tbsp of granulated sweetener like xylitol
- 1 tsp mint extract
- 1/4 cup of cacao nibs
- 1. Place the almonds into a food processor and blitz until broken down into small pieces.
- 2. Add the dates and process again until they have been chopped up quite finely.
- 3. Add the protein powder, cacao / cocoa powder and sweetener and blitz again.
- 4. Add the mint extract.
- 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. Take lumps of the mixture and roll into balls, then roll in cacao nibs pushing the nibs into the dough so they stick.
- 7. Keep refrigerated for up to 5 days
- The balls last well in the fridge but you may find the cacao nibs change texture due to the moisture.
Do you like the mint chocolate combo? Are you a fan of protein snacks?
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
Haha probably – but remember you could just add some cocoa powder to the vanilla to make it chocolately?
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!
Haha! Yep a bit rude lol, but I think we’ve all done it when talking about healthy snack balls!
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!
I’m terrible with them, they are too easy to just snack on all the time!
I just made them..the mixture tasted great…
Ooh hope you enjoyed them Jude!
Sounds really tasty – and a way more cost-effective way of having them. Only problem is not gobbling them all up at once haha!
Oh yes that is definitely a problem for me haha!
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.
I need to find some of the Pulsin ones, they sound delicious!
These look so good! x
I’m making these this afternoon! I can’t wait to eat them all up :) Great recipe !
Thanks Beth, hope you enjoyed them!
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!
Mmm is it bad you’ve got me craving mint choc ice cream now!
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.
I definitely need to find these Pulsin ones!
I love the mint bounce balls, but they are quite expensive, so I am going t have to try making them myself.
So excited :-) I know what im up to before my run tonight!!!
Ooh let me know what you think!
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!
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.