I have a sweet tooth. Specifically after dinner it likes to come out and test my willpower to the ultimate extent.
Basic candy (aka: leftover halloween snickers, lollipops and twix) genuinely don’t do it for me anymore. I’ll eat it and be like, that was dumb why did I do that, I didn’t even enjoy it…I feel like these days my palate is craving real chocolate or dark berries with a drizzle of maple syrup, things along those lines. I’m even eating dried figs over candy these days. WHO AM I?
I had a really intense dark chocolate craving recently, but also a craving for something that I could chew (hi my name is Amanda and I’m a recovering gum addict…) and savor. So, dark chocolate protein date balls it was. I added protein powder to this because it helps keep me fuller longer, and also because these can come in handy before or after a workout if I don’t want a big snack.
Side note: these would be great gifts during the holiday’s if you wrapped them up really cute.
These took me about 25 min total and I put them in the freezer to get that reeeaallly nice chewy effect.
(I also eye’d a lot of this stuff so have fun with it!)
2 cup dates (hello fiber for healthy bowel movements in the morning!!)
1/2 cup Almond butter (melt just a little beforehand)
1 Scoop of Vegan Protein powder (I love this brand)
1 Tablespoon each of Maca, Cacao, Cocoa (different from cacao!) and hemp Seeds
Tsp Melted coconut oil
1 cup Walnuts
1/3 cup dried coconut flakes
Several dashes of cayenne pepper
1.5 Tbsp Pumpkin Seeds
A little salt and cinnamon to taste