Friday, January 2, 2015

Chocolate Protein Balls

I first came across chocolate protein balls when I was watching the reality tv show Recipe to Riches. In this show, everyday home cooks have the opportunity to take their home recipe and turn it into a product to be sold at Woolworths supermarkets. Each week, there are different food categories and contestants battle it out to be the final winner in that category. Viewers can then buy the winning contestant's product, straight from the supermarket shelf the day after the episode goes to air! The more products that are sold, the greater chance the contestant has of seeing their product on the supermarket shelf permanently and win the competition/tv series. I absolutely love watching this show. It's very inspiring, interactive and entertaining. Someday, I wish I can create something worthwhile to enter!

In season 2, I think on the third week, they had a health food category and the product that won was called "Choc Bombs". Basically these were chocolate protein balls made from cashews, dates, chia seeds, cacao, protein powder and coconut oil. I bought this product and absolutely loved it. They were a great snack to eat on my way home from work when I would feel peckish and since they were individually packaged, I was able to conveniently keep them in my handbag. Since purchasing this product, I've wanted to try making my own protein balls. I found a few recipes online and I tried the one from Women's Health magazine today since it had the ingredients most similar to the Choc Bombs. The taste was pretty spot on! Next time I make this recipe, I'll try adding the chia seeds and coconut oil.

Makes 16 balls


1 cup raw cashews
2 tablespoons rice malt syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 medjool dates, pitted
2 tablespoons cacao powder
½ cup desiccated coconut, for coating


Place cashews into a mini food processor and blend until smooth
Place remaining ingredients (except the desiccated coconut) and mix until well combined
Roll a tablespoon of the mixture into a ball
Roll ball into dessiccated coconut until evenly coated
Place ball on a plate lined with baking paper
Place in the fridge to set

Notes & Tips

You can cheat and buy cashew butter rather than making your own-  I wasn't able to find any in my health food store though.

I found rice malt syrup in the health food section of Coles supermarket. If you can't find this product, substitute with honey instead and adjust the sweetness to your taste. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks dear for such a great recipe!! I always try to find different recipes. I love chocolates and will definitely try this recipe. Even I also appreciate your cooking tips as I think these are quite useful for everyone.


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