These decadent rose-colored gems may look like chocolate truffles but are protein balls in disguise. Soft, creamy, and chocolaty, they are also dusted with freeze-dried raspberries, giving them a gorgeous, bright look and a bold, fruity flavor that complements the chocolate perfectly.
No baking, no weird ingredients, and they take just 15 minutes to prepare! Each 70-calorie ball offers three grams of protein and one gram of fiber. Enjoy two for a snack approved by nutritionists to help you lose weight! Oh, and the fact that they taste like a dessert is a complete bonus. Whip up a batch and keep them in the fridge to grab after a workout or when sugar cravings strike — with only three grams of sugar per ball, you won't have to worry about crashing from dessert.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 2 servings vanilla plant-based protein powder (about 35 grams; I used Vega)
- 8 dates, pitted
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup freeze-dried raspberries
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the oats, cashews, protein powder, dates, cocoa powder, and salt in a food processor, and blend until everything is a smooth, floury consistency.
- Add the banana, and blend until a thick, slightly sticky dough forms.
- Roll out 25 balls, and place them on the parchment paper.
- Pulse the freeze-dried raspberries in a Nutribullet or food processor.
- Roll each ball in the raspberry powder, and return to the cookie sheet.
- Store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to a week.
Source: Calorie Count
- Desserts, Chocolate
- North American
- 25 balls
- Total Time
- 15 minutes
- Calories per serving
- 71 per ball