These delicious protein bombs are a tasty treat which make a great pre or post workout snack. Made with dates and cacao powder which have many health benefits. Dates help with cholesterol, constipation, blood pressure, brain function, and they make your hair and nails healthier. Cacao powder contains antioxidants, helps reduce PMS symptoms, and they enhance your mood:-)
Prep Time: 15 min
8 pitted dates
8 scoops chocolate protein powder
2 tbsp. Nutella
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp. cacao powder
Put dates into food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
Add protein powder and cacao powder, then pulse again. Add almond milk and mix on low until a ball of dough forms. You may need to add slightly more almond milk to bind the ingredients, however you do not want the dough to be too wet.
Scoop dough into a cookie dough scoop and shape into balls with your hands. This recipe makes roughly 12 balls about the size of golf balls.
Using your finger or a small round object, press into the center of each ball to make a hole which will be filled with Nutella.
Fill a small plastic baggie with Nutella and cut a small hole in one corner of bag. Squeeze into center of balls.
Sprinkle a small amount of cacao powder over the top then refrigerate. Keep refrigerated for up to 5 days, or store in freezer.
I like to use plant based protein because I find the consistency is the best, but you can certainly use a whey based protein powder instead. Here's some information about different types of protein (from Precision Nutrition) hope it's helpful!
Rice protein – Hypo-allergenic, gluten-free, neutral taste, economical. 100% plant-based. May be derived from genetically modified rice.
Egg protein – Fat-free, concentrated amounts of essential amino acids. May upset stomach.
Milk protein (includes whey, casein, calcium caseinate, and milk protein blends) – May enhance immunity, high in BCAAs, contains lactose, highly studied. May cause digestive upset or other symptoms in people sensitive to whey, casein, and/or lactose.
Pea protein – No saturated fat or cholesterol, highly digestible, hypo-allergenic, economical.
Rich in lysine, arginine and glutamine. 100% plant-based.
Hemp protein – Provides omega-3 fats, most forms provide fiber, free of trypsin inhibitors, can get in raw form, high in arginine and histidine. 100% plant-based.
Soy protein – May have benefits for cardiovascular disease, contains some anti-nutrients, may be derived from genetically modified soy. 100% plant-based.