Healthy Gluten-Free Recipe: Chocolate Cashew Protein Balls
A Satisfying High-Protein Snack
We all get a sweet-tooth sometimes and protein smoothie shakes can only fulfill some of our cravings so I thought it’s time for another awesome recipe.
Today we’re going to look at one of my favorite new recipes that will knock your same-old protein bars out of the water.
These chocolate cashew protein balls are a super healthy alternative. They’re gluten-free, extremely low in sugar, and in addition to fueling your muscles, they’ll also satisfy your deadliest cravings.
The trick is to make a few health-minded replacements of traditional ingredients. You may already have most of these ingredients on hand, and if not, they’re easy enough to find. And most are great to stock your pantry with, given their health benefits and fat-burning potential.
What’s even better, you’ll never have to turn on the oven for this recipe.
Ready to get to the recipe and start snacking?
Chocolate Cashew Protein Ball Recipe
Here’s what you need to make these muscle-building, craving-reducing treats:
- 1/3 cup of all-natural cashew butter
- 1/4 cup of cacao (or alternatively, unsweetened cocoa)
- 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin coconut oil (try Nutiva Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil)
- 1 tablespoon of ground flax
- 1 scoop of hemp protein (try Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein)
- 1 tablespoon of honey or agave syrup
- 1 pinch of sea sat
- *optional shaved coconut chips
Here’s what you need to do:
Mix everything in a large mixing bowl (I usually find it easier to start with the wet ingredients). Make sure everything is completely incorporated, then slowly add water until you achieve the desired consistency. Generally speaking, you’ll only need about 1/3 of a cup of water.
Grab a cooking sheet and line in with a piece of wax paper. Using about a heaping tablespoon at a time, mold and roll the dough into little balls and place on the wax paper.
Then you’re basically done! You can technically eat them right away, but they’re much better after being in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
If you feel like you need to indulge a little from time to time, sprinkle the protein balls with a little cacao or coconut (make sure you get the unsweetened kind). These chocolate cashew protein balls are a great pre-workout or post-workout snack, especially if you’re on the go. They’re also one of the easiest recipes around!
Looking for some more healthy snacks to keep you in shape?
Check out my list of Healthy Snacks for Weight Loss. From dark chocolate to hummus, there are some great ideas here that will keep you toned and slim, and satisfy those annoying cravings.
If muscle building and recovery are your bigger concerns, then take a look at my Post Workout Snacks. Getting enough protein to sustain your workouts can be a bit of a challenge, but I’ve got you covered with this simple list.
And last but not least, make sure you check out these Healthy Late Night Snacks. When it comes to snacking, what you eat before bed is definitely important, and can have a big impact on your health and fitness goals. But you don’t need to avoid late-night snacking altogether!
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