Chocolate Coconut Protein Cookie Balls (Paleo + Gluten Free)

 

So, just a little note before I get to the recipe.

Three Years.

Yup, it’s my blogiversary. Did I bake a ridiculous cake? No.

Did I throw a blogger party and invite all my food blogger friends? No.

Did I instead make these cookie balls, completely forget about the anniversary date and go on like nothing happened until I went to write this post. Likely.

BUT…

I am going to instead celebrate by getting in my car with my three besties (kid FREE!) and driving 700 miles to stay in the prairie sunshine while visiting one of the biggest rodeos on EARTH. Yes, I’ll be on the road this week my friends. Basking in the (supposed) sunshine, digging my heels into the dirt and whooping it up cowgirl style in Alberta. The Calgary Stampede prides itself on being the “Greatest Show on Earth” and I hope it comes through. I’ll be visiting some foodie friends along the way and if you want to follow along during my trip, keep up with my Facebook or Instagram page. I’ll be posting like crazy.

Before I leave, I’ll be mixing up a batch of these beauties for the road….

It can be tough when you are trying to change your eating habits to healthier ones…Extremely hard to stay away from sweets or snacks that are hurriedly shoved in one’s face as you streak through the kitchen on your way out the door to your latest playdate….

But instead of spending wads of cash on supposedly “natural” or healthy snacks, I like to make my own. I can completely control every aspect of the nutrition right down to the sweetener and the protein content. I control the texture, serving size and the flavour enhancers. Making your own healthy snacks at home doesn’t need to be hard, time consuming or expensive.

These little balls whip up in minutes and are super healthy. They taste great and I could not keep my kids hands off of them. Noted for the future: “Make triple batches.”

These cookie balls are made with coconut flour which is high in healthy fats and protein and contains no gluten. It also has my favourite chocolate protein powder, cacao nibs, shredded coconut, walnut butter and almond milk. Depending on the protein powder you use, these could be dairy free as well. Perfect for bake sales where sensitive types might be buying, like, for your little one’s school perhaps?

These keep well for a few days in an airtight container but they will soften up a bit.

One year ago: Szechuan Noodle Salad

Two years ago: Swiss Chard Ravioli and Homemade Pasta

Three years ago: Chewy Tarts with Orange Vanilla Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream

 

Chocolate Coconut Protein Cookie Balls (Paleo + Gluten Free)

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 20 Balls

Serving Size: 1 Ball

Calories per serving: 82

Fat per serving: 5

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 scoop (60 grams) chocolate protein powder **
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 packets stevia extract (I used Wholesome Sweeteners) **
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut (toast for 8 minutes at 350°F) or toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 egg white
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup walnut butter*
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • *To make your own, which is cheaper and easier then buying it, just pulse about 1/3 cup of walnut halves in a food processor until liquified, about five minutes.
  • ** Use beef protein powder or egg white powder for true "paleo", I used why isolate. Also stevia is not considered by some to be paleo, I don't give a ......

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix dry ingredients. Blend in wet. Mix together with a wooden spoon.
  2. Roll into one inch round balls (about 20) and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  3. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown on the bottoms.
  4. Cool on sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.

Notes

Feel free to add all chocolate chips, or all cacao nibs or whatever kind of chip you like but it will alter the nutritional info slightly.

Similarly delicious recipes from other fabulous food blogs:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls from Chockohlawtay
Protein Balls from BodyRock.TV
Shakeology Protein Balls from Fully Engaged Mom
Protein Energy Balls from Natural Mother’s Network

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