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Chocolate Mint Protein Balls Recipe

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Chocolate mint protein balls are one of the best energy bite recipes, especially during the holiday season. Chocolate and mint compliment each other so well and these make a great addition to your holiday cookie tin!

Ingredients

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For the bites

  • 1 cup (99g) chocolate protein powder
  • 2/3 cup + 1 tablespoon (207g total) natural almond butter
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

For the topping (optional)

  • 1/4 cup (54g) dark chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/4 cup (41g) crushed candy canes (~3 canes)

Instructions

For the bites

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix all ingredients (except for optional drizzle ingredients) in a large bowl. Don’t be afraid to use your hands!
  3. Roll dough into 1 Tablespoon balls and place onto baking sheet.
    • Dough may be slightly crumbly. Squeeze dough ball in your hands and it should stick together!  If not, add a tablespoon of almond butter or honey and remix. Repeat until a solid dough forms.
  4. Place bites into the fridge while you make the drizzle.
    • If you are skipping the drizzle, enjoy!

For the topping (optional)

  1. Melt chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe dish for 60 seconds. If not fully melted, continue to microwave in 15-second intervals until melted.
  2. Using a small whisk or fork, drizzle chocolate onto bites.
  3. Immediately sprinkle with crushed candy cane pieces (the chocolate will start to harden quickly if the bites are cold!).
  4. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Store these chocolate peppermint protein balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days or at room temperature for 5!
  • They freeze really well and can last up to 2 months.
  • If you're making these for a holiday party, you can easily make them the day before or earlier the day of whenever you plan to serve them! Simply store them in the refrigerator and let them get to room temperature before serving.
  • These chocolate mint balls are a great meal prep snack and/or sweet treat. I love making a big batch to store in the fridge or freezer for whenever the sweet cravings hit!
  • My favorite way to serve these is at room temperature, with drizzled chocolate and crushed candy canes on top. They're so festive and delicious!
  • You can omit the peppermint extract altogether or use vanilla extract instead if you don't like chocolate and peppermint!
  • Peanut butter is a delicious substitute for almond butter if you like chocolate and peanut butter. If you want a more neutral nut butter, cashew butter is a great option instead of almond!
  • If you're allergic to nuts, sunflower seed butter is another fantastic option.
  • You can make these into protein bar form by pressing the dough into an 8x8" baking dish (lined with parchment paper) and cutting them into bars!
  • You can add an extra drizzle of honey if the texture isn't coming together right, but I try not to add too much to keep the added sugar down!
  • Add a sprinkle of sea salt for a sweet and salty combination!

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