I love chocolate, peanut butter, and coconut…so why not put them all together to create a yummy protein packed treat?! Not only is coconut delicious, but it is excellent for one’s immunity. They are antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic, meaning they kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Because of that, if you consume coconut in any form (raw coconut, coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut butter, etc.), it can help treat some of mankind’s worst and most resilient of illnesses such as influenza, giardia, lice, throat infections, urinary tract infections, etc.
These tasty little chocolate peanut butter coconut protein balls literally take 15 minutes to make and you can enjoy them at home or on the go. Although I keep them in the refrigerator, they will be fine if you have them out for a few hours…for those of you that have an on-the-go lifestyle. These chocolate peanut butter coconut protein balls are very low on the glycemic index, meaning that they are lower in carbs and higher in protein, and will not spike up your blood sugar after eating them. This low glycemic treat is higher in calories, mainly due to the good fats from peanut butter and coconut flakes. Feel free to substitute the peanut butter for almond butter is you try to stick to a paleo diet or simply prefer one over the other.
- Gather all ingredients, a large bowl, spoon, large blender, and a plate.
- Drain and rinse the chick peas and place the chick peas into the blender. Add the raw protein powder, peanut butter (or almond butter), cocoa powder, coconut extract, vanilla extract, water and stevia into the blender and blend for one minute in order to mix the ingredients well. Only add 3/4 cup water from the start, and add more if necessary. You may need to stop the blender and scrape the sides. Make sure all ingredients are blended well.
- If you have a large blender, add the coconut flour and blend well. If not, pour the chocolate peanut butter protein mixture into a large bowl and add the coconut flour. You will need to mix the flour into the protein mixture with your hands due to the thickness of the mixture.
- Add 1/2 cup of coconut flakes to the chocolate peanut butter protein mixture and mix well with your hands. Roll the protein mixture into balls with your hands.
- Pour the remaining (1/2 cup) coconut flakes onto a large plate and roll each chocolate peanut butter coconut protein ball in the coconut flakes. Make sure the entire ball is covered in flakes. Keep the protein balls in the refrigerator and eat whenever you would like. I prefer eating these as a post workout snack or a late night snack when I have a craving for sweets. Enjoy!