Quick and easy avocado chocolate protein balls are perfect post-workout snack or as a healthy alternative to sugary bars when you have late-night chocolate cravings.
I wonder how much money I have wasted buying those sugar-loaded protein bars and so-called bliss balls at hefty prices in supermarkets in the past. Especially after a tough gym session. Making them at home is really an easy process and moreover you control the number of sugars and fats. there are plenty of recipes to play around and honestly, sometimes you don’t even need a specific recipe to make one of these. But I will go ahead and give you one anyway!
The main aim of using avocado here is to incorporate good fats into our bodies while still being in control with the calories. I was a bit sceptical in the beginning to imagine my lovely green avocados turning into a dessert kind of thing esp me being a hardcore lover of everything Mexican but guess am convinced these avocado chocolate protein balls are not that bad after all. Can give it a try once if you are bored of mixing oats in energy balls.
How to use Avocado Chocolate Protein Balls
Like all chocolate things these are to be enjoyed eating whole but they can make a good crumble like on a pot of yoghurt or even blend into smoothies. they can be a great post-workout snack or as a healthy quick fix for late-night sweet cravings.
Is avocado good for weight loss?
Avocados are one of the fattiest plant foods out there and also high in fibre content which keeps you full for longer times. These are also a good source of heart-friendly fats so am not avoiding at any cost. If eating processed butter along with my toast is a regular in my life, am never going to avoid eating avocados either for weight loss. There is no reason to fear eating avocados as part of a healthy wholesome balanced diet.
My philosophy of food is not to avoid any food groups especially if I enjoy eating them. I try to balance the calories per day or week based on other food consumed and the amount of physical activity involved.
As any excess fat content foods are not favourable for weight loss, we want to keep an eye on the portion control of course.
Ingredients and Substitutes
These avocado chocolate protein balls are completely gluten-free and can be made vegan if using a vegan protein powder or any nut butters its place.
- Avocados – an excellent source of potassium(more than bananas) and friendly mono-saturated fatty acids. Agree one of the fattiest plant foods but then we are eating in fewer portions, OK?
- Chocolate Protein Powder – it’s not mandatory to eat protein powder for losing weight but any kind of protein helps in building muscle and burning fat, you can use peanut butter or any nut butter if not having protein powder in hand. (which would be the case for most of you I guess)
- Cocoa powder– coz we are making chocolate energy balls
- Sweetener – I use granulated sweetener but you could use melted honey as well.
- Oats or Oat Flour – these are really optional and help your chocolate dough to bind well in case you are struggling with sticky mixture.
Storage and freezing instructions
These avocado chocolate protein balls tasted OK when keep in fridge for 2 days, I recommend not storing them for more than that as I have felt a slight change in taste after that.
I do not recommend freezing this recipe. I hate the thought of using frozen avocados after buying a bag in Iceland years ago. Pure gross. But you might have a different experience.Print
Quick and healthy avocado chocolate protein balls to have as a postworkout snack or to satisfy late-night chocolate cravings.
- ½ Avocado
- 1 scoop or 25g Belgian chocolate protein powder
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- ½ tablespoon sweetener
- 1–2 tablespoon oats(optional
- Take scooped avocado, cocoa powder, protein powder, sweetener and oats if using into a blender jar.
- Pulse slowly. Apply oil to your hands and start rolling into desired size round balls.
- Roll in dried coconut flakes optionally and store them in the fridge before consuming.
Be prepared to deal with a sticky mixture, applying little coconut oil to hands helps.
Use oats at the end of the process if the mixture turns out too sticky.
Use a tablespoon of honey instead of sweetener if you like. Also adust the amount of sweetness according to your taste buds.
You could use ¼ cup of any nut butter in place of protein powder.
Keep them refrigerated and stays good in the fridge for 2 days. Not suitable for freezing.
- Category: Dessert
- Method: No-Cook
Keywords: energy balls, chocolate, protein, avocado
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