The most delicious Chocolate coconut chia protein ball! Nut/dairy/gluten/sugar free.

Chocolate coconut chia protein balls.  Nut, Gluten and Dairy free.  Super yummy.

Chocolate coconut chia protein balls. Nut, Gluten and Dairy free. Super yummy.

Chocolate Coconut Chia Protein balls.  Nut, gluten, dairy and sugar free!

I have been experimenting with a few different recipes and this has to be the most chocolatiest and yummiest of them all.  It’s also a great recipe for those of you that have food allergies as it has taken out most of the usual suspects – Gluten, Nuts and Dairy.

Ingredients and directions

  • 1/2 cup of dates soaked in warm water for at least an hour or overnight if you think of it the day before.
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree (I make a big batch and freeze to make this an easy recipe to do) To make pumpkin Puree see below.
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup protein powder.  Pea and rice protein.  You can use whey protein if you are not dairy intolerant.
  • 1/3 cup raw cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds.
  • Some extra shredded coconut if you want to coat your balls in it.
  1. Firstly you will need to have made the pumpkin puree. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. I would take a whole pumpkin (so I have enough to freeze for future chocolate balls) and chop into pieces, place on a baking tray and cook for 20-40 mins in the oven until tender.  Leave to cool and then remove skin and puree in your blender till smooth.
  2. Drain the water from the dates and blend till smooth-ish.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until all are combined.  If the mixture is a little dry then add a small amount of water until you get the desired consistency.  Don’t add too much or your mixture will be too runny/sticky to roll into balls.
  4. Mould mixture into small balls and either leave as they are or for a different variation roll them in some shredded coconut.

Enjoy
These have been husband and kid tested and have a massive seal of approval.
If you want to make them less sweet 1/2 the amount of dates that you add.  Half the amount is still sweet enough for me to eat and reduces your sugar intake.

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