The internet probably does not need another recipe for “bliss balls” but these Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Protein Balls are good enough to be shared from my side and to bounce around the internet with al the other bliss ball recipes. I am not quite sure why they are called “bliss” so I am calling them protein balls, as they are packed with plant based protein.
And I would like to think I have made them even better with the addition of dark chocolate drops that I get from my favourite bean to bar chocolate maker, Afrikoa. They are the first chocolate maker in Africa to make chocolate from heirloom cocoa beans that they source directly from African farmers.
The beauty of these are that there is no sugar added as enough sweetness comes from the medjool dates in the recipe. I used a mix of raw almonds, cashew nuts and sugar and free peanut butter, with a good dose of vanilla extract and all you have to do is place all the ingredients in a food processor and bash it around until it comes together as a thick paste. Mix in the chocolate drops, roll into balls and keep them in the fridge as a protein packed snack.
Not only do these make great sweet snacks but I have been popping one or two into the blender each time I make a smoothie to boost the protein content.
You will get between 20 and 30 protein balls from the recipe, it should not spoil quickly but suggest if you want to store them for longer than a week, to keep them in the freezer. They won’t take that long to defrost. Enjoy!
- 300g medjool dates, pitted
- 150g raw almonds
- 150g cashews
- 100g peanut butter
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ cup dark chocolate drops
- Place all the ingredients except the chocolate drops in a food processor and process until it comes together (about 3 - 5 minutes)
- Add the chocolate drops and gently press into the mixture with your hands
- Use a tablespoon to scoop and roll into balls
- Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 2 weeks
A few more of my favourite recipes with peanut butter :