mocha protein bites

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When I first started making the transition over to more mindful eating something I was not willing to compromise was taste.  Life is short, so yes I want my food to taste good and be good for you.  Something I instantly loved when making that transition was protein balls.  There are a plethora of protein ball recipes on Pinterest and most of them are quite delicious.  So I decided it was time that I try my hand at creating my own protein ball recipe.

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I am so glad I did, because man these are good!  I have been having this undying craving for coffee and chocolate.  Probably since these have, for the most part been absent from my life since finding out I was pregnant.  I have caved a few times and had a cup of decaf and occasionally I do indulge in some good quality chocolate but overall I have been very mindful about avoiding these.  Lately though this craving has escalated.

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Soooo I just HAD to come up with something to satisfy this craving and be nutritious as well.  That is where these Mocha Protein Bites were born.  They are perfectly sweet, have just the right amount of that mocha taste without being overwhelming.  The other plus is that the ingredient list is short and most of the items can probably already be found in your pantry.  BONUS!  All you have to do is toss a few things in the food processor, shape into balls, and pop in the freezer.  Quick and easy.  Warning though, they can be slightly addicting.

Mocha Protein Bites l  www.wanderingroot.com
Mocha Protein Bites l  www.wanderingroot.com
Mocha Protein Bites l  www.wanderingroot.com

Just looking at these pictures are making me crave them again.  Another batch may need to be whipped up!  Side note, is it weird that I love the coloring of dates?  They are so pretty with the rich carmel color and the wrinkles add so much character.  Enough crazy talk, onto the recipe!   

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Mocha Protein Bites

Ingredients:

1 c pitted whole Deglet dates {about 17 dates}

1 c whole almonds

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp coffee grounds {I used organic decaf}

2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 c gluten free oats

 

Directions:

1. Pit the dates, place in a bowl, cover with water and let soak for 45 minutes.  Place almonds in a food processor and process until the almonds are finely chopped.  Drain the dates and add to the almonds.  Process until a sticky dough forms.  You may have to occasionally scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Add the vanilla, cinnamon, coffee grounds, unsweetened cocoa and process until everything is mixed together well.  Add the oats and process just until mixed.  

2. Form into balls and place on a plate or cookie sheet.  Make sure the balls aren't touching one another.  Place in the freezer for 30-60 minutes so they are "freezer zapped" {this will allow the balls to be placed in a container together in the freezer without freezing to each other and making it difficult to separate them}.  Take the balls out of the freezer and place in a glass jar or container.  Store in the freezer.  These are soft enough to enjoy right out of the freezer or can be taken with you as a snack for later.  Enjoy!

Mocha Protein Bites l www.wanderingroot.com
Mocha Protein Bites l www.wanderingroot.com
Mocha Protein Bites l www.wanderingroot.com