These chocolate protein bombs are loaded with magnesium, antioxidants and a fair amount of fiber, thanks to the superfood ingredient * CACAO*.
Did you know there is a difference between “cacao” and “cocoa” ???
Let me explain, cacao and cocoa both start from the same place, the way they end up (and what they go through along the way) has different effects on their nutritional benefits.
Raw cacao powder is made by cold pressing unroasted cacao beans, this means they are not exposed to high heat and still continue to hold on to all their nutritional benefits, while on the other hand, cocoa powder is made from beans that are both roasted and processed at high temperatures. The high temperature affects the beans on a molecular level, changing their structure, and degrading the nutrient content. Therefore, cocoa powder is technically more processed and may contain added sugars and additives.
How’s that for some added chocolate knowledge? Now that you know more about the benefits of chocolate, you should look twice at that “healthy” chocolate bar that you enjoy with your cup of coffee.
Educating yourself on the food you consume is one of the most valuable things you can do for you and your family. Enjoy the journey of discovering more of this amazing superfood, some extra cacao might just give you that nutritional boost you’ve always been waiting for and fortunately a delicious one too.
- Makes about 10 bombs.
- I highly recommend using grams as the unit of measurement to guarantee the best consistency, but I have also included milliliters in case you don’t have a kitchen scale.
- For optimum nutrition rather use raw cacao powder which is higher in nutrients and not heated and processed like cocoa powder.
- 50g (110ml) chocolate protein powder
- 40g (90ml) almond meal
- 20g (60ml) cacao powder
- 100g (125ml) almond butter
- 20ml maple syrup or honey
- 20 – 30ml water
- 1 – 2 drops peppermint extract (optional)
- Extra cacao for dusting
Let’s get started:
- Combine protein powder, almond meal, and cacao in a bowl.
- Add in almond butter, maple syrup, water, and peppermint extract.
- Combine with hands until a sticky dough has formed.
- Using the palm of your hand, roll the mixture into 10 even balls, dust with some extra cacao.
- Leave in the fridge to set for half an hour.
- Keep refrigerated and enjoy as a snack.
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