Hello!! As you all are aware energy balls are my favourite healthy snack. Easy to make, packed with the perfect amount of protein and sweetness and perfect to carry when on the move. My previous versions of Rose & Pistachio energy balls and the Ferrero Rocher Protein Balls are a staple at my home. I however wanted to create something with a latest superfood that I have started using which are hemp seeds. Hence this recipe for Chocolate hemp protein balls!
Hemp Seeds Health Benefits
Hemp seeds are from the non-drug species of cannabis plant, yes the same species from which marijuana is made! However it has only trace amounts of the component in which causes the drug effect of Marijuana. Shelled hemp seeds also known as hemp hearts are high omega 6 (linolenic acid) and omega 3 (alpha-lionlenic acid) essential fatty acids.This is the only source of plant based oil which has the ideal ratio of 3:1 omega 6 : omega 3 fatty aides making it the most ideal heart healthy oil. These are essential good fats needed for the body. Also 25% of it is made up of protein, equating it to the likes of chia seeds and flax seeds. It is also a great source of Vitamin E and minerals. Though it is a plant based source of protein it is a complete source of protein because it contains all the essential amino acids required for the human body.
Chocolate Hemp Protein Balls
Hemp seeds have a nutty flavour with very mild bitterness. I usually like to sprinkle it over my breakfast bowl but this time I wanted to add it to my energy balls and make more power packed protein balls. I paired these hemp seeds with chocolate for the ultimate energy and mood boosting snacks. The chocolate powder also helps balance the flavour of the protein powders because vegan protein can be a bit bitter. I used pea protein and rice protein combination as the added protein for these protein balls.
These delicious protein balls also have amazing ingredients like brazil nuts, oats, chia seeds and also the superfood, maca. Maca powder adds another boost of energy into these protein balls as well as the addition of its distinct burnt caramel flavour.
Finally the big difference in the protein balls from my previous recipes is that I have used raw cacao butter instead of coconut oil. This makes a big big difference in flavour. It almost feels like you are eating chocolate. Only this is the best and healthiest chocolate ever because it is sugar free and packed with three types of protein! I really love the flavour of these Chocolate hemp protein balls. It is a perfect raw chocolate ball because there is no added effort of tempering it or setting it as you usually need to do so with raw chocolate. You can always make this with coconut oil if you do not have any cacao butter and it will still taste delicious.
Do let me know if how this recipe turns out for you in the comments below. Have a look at my other recipes for Rose & Pistachio energy balls and my recipe for the healthiest Ferrero Rocher balls as well! As always if you recreate this recipe and share on Instagram then please do tag me with @meghnas_ and #meghnas so that I can be a part of your healthy journey!