The holidays make me crave chocolate. But rather than giving into these cravings, I like to have craving crushers handy so I can satisfy my sweet tooth without giving into the unnecessary fat, sugars and calories. There are SO many ways to satisfy these strong cravings in a guilt-free way!
This week, I was craving something with chocolate, peanut butter and coconut— basically an Almond Joy candy bar would have done the trick. Rather than giving into this craving, I decided to come up my own creation that would satisfy this craving and crush my sweet tooth but in a not-so-naughty way! These protein-filled Coconut Biscotti Protein Balls sure did the trick! They are completely healthy and a great blend of carbs, protein and fats, making for a great snack to energize you and get you through these long busy days preparing for the holidays.
These Coconut Biscotti Protein Chocolate Balls only take literally five minutes of prep time, and will leave you satiated! With only 180 calories, 12 grams of energy-rich good fat, 9 grams of protein and 5.5 grams of fiber, these are an excellent treat to have on hand. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Gina’s Coconut Biscotti Protein Balls
1 1/2 cups oatmeal, uncooked
1/2 cup peanut butter (or any other nut butter)
2 scoops chocolate protein powder (I used Devotion Nutrition Brownie Batter)
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 Coconut Biscotti Flex Flavors (or you can sub for 1/4 cup baking stevia)
1/2 cup ground flax meal
3/4-1 cup unsweetened almond milk
Pour flax meal onto a plate and set aside. Mix all ingredients together except almond milk and flax meal. Mixture should be slightly sticky yet still crumbly. Use judgment as far as how much liquid you add to mixture, adding 1/4 cup at a time until you get the necessary consistency, sticky and holds shape but not too runny. Spoon into balls and roll onto plate of flax meal to coat entire ball. Place on non-stick cooking sheet and place in freezer for 10-15 minutes, then transfer to refrigerator until ready to enjoy. If you prefer them more “fudge like,” leave them in the freezer and set them out 10-15 minutes before you want to indulge. Makes 12 servings.
Nutritional Information (per ball):
Calories: 180 calories
Fat: 12.5 grams
Saturated Fat: 3 grams
Protein: 9.5 grams
Fiber: 5.5 grams
Sugar: 0.75 grams
*G-Tip Tip: I prefer to keep them in the freezer and eat them more like fudge because one ball takes longer to eat, making me feel satisfied. When they come right out of the refrigerator, they are easier to eat and I am often tempted to eat more than one.