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Okay, sorry, I really just can’t help it. I couldn’t even stop myself when I made my first batch of protein balls. Is that immature of me? I dare you to write a blog post about protein balls without making one joke. Anyway, onto these balls…
You guys love the chocolate covered chickpea protein balls I made a few months ago, and I definitely love them too! They’re super easy to make when you’re meal prepping for the week and are great snacks to grab and go if you’re in a hurry. So, why not make them even better by making them chocolate?!
I used chickpeas last time since the balls were more reminiscent of vanilla blondies, but I went with black beans here since we’re doing the chocolate thang! Think of these as those black bean brownies you always see on Pinterest, but in healthy, bite-sized balls. Everything is better in mini form.
When most people go vegan or just reduce their animal product consumption, their first thought is usually, “BUT PROTEIN!! Where’s my protein?” Oh, young plant-powered grasshopper, not to worry one bit.
Turns out, you can get all the protein you need from plants! Yes, plants🌱 Like the black beans in these balls! As long as you’re eating enough and enjoying a variety of whole plant foods, you’ll get enough protein. Promise.
But if you feel like you need a boost, there are so many plant-based protein powders available! However, some have weird fillers and lots of sugar and other nasties. Nope, we’ll pass on those, friends.
I was super excited when Orgain asked me to remind all of you to “Get Picky with Your Protein” because I’ve enjoyed Orgain’s products ever since my boyfriend introduced me to them. I first tried their almond milk which has 5x as much protein as normal almond milk, then tried their protein powder – which is NOT chalky at all and only contains the best ingredients! That’s what we want.
We don’t have to settle for nasty plant-based protein powder anymore. Orgain’s products are vegan & organic, don’t contain anything artificial, and are packed with 21 grams of protein per serving. It’s important to me to only buy products that are both nutritious and delicious, and Orgain fits the bill.
If you’re still choking down gritty protein powder with a frown on your face, do yourself a favor, get picky with your protein, and grab some Orgain. And then make these balls.
I love having these on hand to snack on when that 4 p.m. hanger monster comes to visit (anyone else?). I can grab some to take on the go for a snack, or enjoy a couple after dinner for dessert. Who knew beans could be so sweet?
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Black Bean Chocolate Protein Balls
Thanks to fiber-packed beans, these Black Bean Chocolate Protein Balls are a healthy way to indulge your sweet tooth at snack time! Vegan & gluten-free.
- 3–4 pitted dates
- 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/3 cup chocolate protein powder
- 1/4 cup almond or peanut butter*
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon non-dairy milk
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper or foil.
- In a small bowl, add dates. Cover with boiling water; set aside for 10 minutes.
- In the bowl of a food processor, add dates, black beans, protein powder, almond butter, applesauce, cocoa powder, vanilla, salt and non-dairy milk. Pulse to combine until all ingredients are mixed together and smooth; stop to scrap the sides if needed. It should be like a soft dough texture.
- Roll the dough into 15-20 balls. Place each ball onto the wax paper. Place the baking sheet in the fridge.
- In a small bowl, add chocolate chips. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate is completely melted. Drizzle the chocolate over the balls. Return to the fridge, or enjoy as is.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
*If you have a nut allergy, use a seed butter like sunflower seed butter.
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