We are huge fans of protein balls at my house, and these chocolate (cacao), coconut & mixed nut bites are definite winners.
Honestly, what could be better than super tasty portable snacks that are easy to make and packed with antioxidants, fibre, healthy fats, and protein?!?
Ingredients for approximately 15 balls:
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut, plus additional for rolling
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch sea salt
1/2 cup cashew nut butter
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 to 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
optional 2 Tbsp Lakanto monkfruit sweetener, raw honey (nonvegan), or pure stevia, adjusted to taste
optional toppings: raw cacao nibs or unsweetened desiccated coconut
Preheat oven to 350F. Spread nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 5 to 10 minutes, tossing occasionally to ensure even cooking. Cool.
Put cooled nuts, collagen/protein powder, coconut, cacao, cinnamon, and sea salt into a food processor or blender container and blend well.
Add cashew butter, vanilla, and 1 Tbsp coconut oil and blend until a uniform paste is created, scraping the sides and bottom with a rubber spatula as needed. If the mixture is too dry, add additional coconut oil as needed. Sweeten to taste.
Scrape mixture onto a plate or parchment paper. Roll into balls.
Once the balls are formed, roll in cacao nibs or shredded coconut as desired.
Enjoy as is or store in an airtight container in the fridge for a week, or the freezer for up to 2 months.