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Chocolate Chip-Chickpea Protein Balls

by Livestrong_Recipes  |  Jan 13, 2017

Chocolate Chip-Chickpea Protein Balls
  1. PREP
  2. 15 m
  • COOK
  • 0 m
  • TOTAL
  • 15 m

These bites may taste like cookie dough, but that’s where the similarities stop — these are actually good for you! You’ll get plenty of protein from a combination of chickpeas, ground flaxseed, peanut butter and peanut powder. Consisting of finely crushed roasted peanuts, peanut powder is a whole-food source of protein.

INGREDIENTS

SERVES 12

  • 2/3 cup Chickpeas (garbanzo beans, bengal gram), mature seeds, canned, solids and liquids, low sodium
  • 1 tbsp Ground Flax Seeds
  • 2 tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 tsp Pure Almond Extract
  • 1/8 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 3 tbsp Powdered Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup Baking Chunks Bittersweet Dark Chocolate 70% Cacao Packages

DIRECTIONS

1 Add well-drained chickpeas, ground flaxseed, maple syrup, liquefied coconut oil, vanilla and almond extracts, salt, and cayenne to a food processor. Cover and puree until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the peanut butter and peanut powder and blend until well combined, about 1 minute. Add the chocolate chips and pulse 2 or 3 times to evenly combine. (Hint: If you prefer chocolate chips to keep their shape instead of “melt” into the mixture, chill the mixture for 1 hour then stir in chocolate chips.)
2 Transfer the mixture to a bowl. With clean hands, form into 12 balls, about 2 tablespoons each.
3 Place in a sealed container. Store in the refrigerator for 1 week or freezer for 1 month.
4 PC: Jackie Newgent