Homemade, no bake, gluten free, AND vegan!? All words to describe these amazing protein balls that take no time at all to make!
These protein balls are seriously so good. What’s almost as good as how they taste is how fast they come together.
Literally 1 bowl and about 10 minutes is all you need. These are made from simple, healthy ingredients and are totally customizable. Plus they don’t have all of that junk you find in commercial protein snacks. Did I mention they’re delicious?
The thing about these little guys is how filling they are. It’s amazing.
The combination of complex carbs from the oats, fat from the coconut oil and peanut butter, and protein from the protein powder gives these balls some serious filling power. Usually one is good enough for me to feel satiated. Sometimes two if I’m super hungry, but no more than that. And believe me, that’s a rarity for me.
The banana and chocolate chips provide just the right amount of sweetness for your brain to buy into the illusion that you’re eating a treat. Psych, brain – it’s all health here.
How does that Lady Gaga song go, “it was a perfect illusion” or something? Yup, these are definitely that.
The coconut oil provides that instant cell energy so these are one of my favourite pre-workout snacks. But these are really the perfect anytime snack. Portable, yummy, and nutritious.
That’s a win in my books, folks.
A word on protein powder: I personally use Iron Vegan’s Sprouted Protein Powder, in either chocolate or vanilla. I love this stuff, it tastes great in snacks like this as well as in shakes. And it doesn’t have that gritty texture that some vegan protein powders do (plus it’s organic, raw, GF, vegan, etc., it’s basically amazing – and no, they’re not paying me to say this).
So if you’re using a different brand, you may have to adjust the amount of protein powder that you use. Be wary of how much you are using and it’s potential to disrupt the flavour.
Give ‘em a try! It’s hard to go wrong with something so simple. I’m sure you and your family will love them!
And be sure to use the hashtag #sweetlikecocoa on social media so I can see all your wonderful creations!