I'm always looking for fun creative treats that I can use to satisfy both my sweet tooth and my love of having recipes higher in protein (need to grow and my recover my runners legs you know!). I usually find recipe ideas through pinterest and then take 6-7 recipes and merge them together to find one that ends up on this blog.
Since we all know I don't like to bake nor am I any good at it, finding non bake recipes that only requires 4 ingredients is the only way to go. This recipe makes around 16 balls, well I could have made more had half of the batter not ended up in my mouth while making them. Regardless, 16 balls yields you a delicious chocolate fudge like treat for 50 calories! Providing your protein powder is around 120 calories per scoop, then the whole recipe is 750 calories. So if you want to make 5 giant balls or 30 tiny balls, do whatever floats your boat.
- Protein powder - 2 scoops
- Cocoa Powder - 3/4 cup unsweetened
- Oats - Old Fashioned - 1 cup
- Strawberries - frozen, unsweetened - 1 3/4 cup
- Water - 1/4 cup
- Defrost the strawberries, then puree. I have used a magic bullet and an inversion blender. Both work fine.
- Slowly mix in the cocoa powder, then the protein powder.
- Add in the 1/4 cup water slowly as well. Depending on your choice of protein powder, you might need more or less water.
- Then fold in the oats.
- Lay out parchment paper on a cookie sheet (make sure the cookie sheet fits in your freezer first! - I've made that mistake many times)
- Have some water water running in the sink, and wet your hands a LITTLE before you start to roll the balls.
- Place on cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle with pink himalyan salt - optional, but a great offset to the very rich dark chocolate taste
Freeze on the cookie and move to a bag or tupperware - defrost for around 15 minutes before eating.
Or store in the fridge. I have no idea how long they would last in the fridge or freezer as mine are always gone less than 4 days later.
I have many variations that I want to try with these, like adding in fresh ginger chunks or rolling in shredded coconut or using a different protein powder. My quest protein powder is very expensive so I could get away with using a cheaper simple vanilla option for this recipe.
Enjoy - bet you can't eat just one.