Mint Chip Protein Balls Recipe
These treat-like bites make energizing snacks that are surprisingly full of benefits: healthy protein, vitamins and minerals, probiotics, and even a sneaky bit of greens, thanks to the versatile addition of Navitas Organics Cacao & Greens Essential Blend.
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup (packed) Medjool dates, pitted (about 16 large)
3 Tbsp. Navitas Organics Cacao & Greens Essential Blend
¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut, plus extra for rolling
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla extract
¾ tsp. peppermint extract
1-2 pinches of sea salt
¼ cup Navitas Organics Cacao Nibs
¼ cup chocolate chips (stevia-sweetened or regular variety)
In a food processor, combine the almonds and dates. Process until ground down into a crumbly dough.
Add the Cacao & Greens Essential Blend, ¼ cup coconut, maple syrup, vanilla extract, mint extract, and one or two large pinches of salt. Process until well combined. Stop the machine and test the consistency – the dough should stick together easily when pressed between two fingers.
Add the Cacao Nibs and chocolate chips. Process briefly to partially break down the chocolate, while leaving large chunks and nibs throughout, for texture.
One tablespoon at time, shape into balls, and roll in extra shredded coconut. Stored at room temperature, balls will keep for several weeks.
Makes about 3 dozen balls
Submitted by Julie Morris