One For The Swolemates

If you're anything like my boyfriend and I, you'll be working up a sweat (with us?!) on Valentine's Day. Red wine and chocolates sound lovely, but we both know that all you really want is some yummy Valentine's Day-themed protein.

Enter: Red Velvet Chocolate-Chip Power Balls, weighing in at:
| 187 Calories, 13g (Good) Fat, 6g Protein, 2g of Fiber, & 7.5g (Natural) Sugar |
each, these will surely power your Flywheel Sports class (& hello I have a DJ coming for the PM class!) with me or your Unite Fitness class with Mark.

Sad fact: "Red Velvet" is nothing more than chocolate with red food coloring. Even worse? Red food coloring (Carmine, Cochineal Extract or Red 2, Red 4, and Red 40) is either CRUSHED BUGS, COAL TAR, and/or PETROLEUM BYPRODUCTS. I'm not kidding! It makes even less sense when you think about all of the beautiful reds that we have in nature, that not only look beautiful but also come with nutritional benefits. One example: beetroot powder. Beetroot powder is made from.. beets. That's it! It's rich in antioxidants, calcium, fiber, folate, potassium, and manganese AND it's red. Stunningly red (with no crushed bugs or petroleum byproducts). Win.

So, about these power balls... shall we?

 

Red Velvet Chocolate-Chip Power Balls

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo // Makes 12 Balls

Ingredients:
(For the Balls)
Feel free to get creative and add superfoods and/or adaptogens, sub dates for the maple syrup (3-5 soaked dates), or double the protein powder (you may need an extra drizzle of coconut oil if you do).

  • 1 Cup Cashews
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Organic Coconut
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Organic Grade A Maple Syrup
  • 1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder (I used Vega One All-In-One in Mocha)
  • 1/4 Cup Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Chips (look for 70%+ Cocoa)
  • 2 Teaspoons Beetroot Powder
  • (Optional) 1 Teaspoon Lucuma Powder

(For Rolling)

  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Organic Coconut
  • 1 Teaspoon Beetroot Powder
  • (Optional) Extra Drizzle Coconut Oil and/or Maple Syrup and/or Filtered Water

Method:

1. In a food processor, process the cashews, coconut, and coconut oil until you get an almost-butter, approximately 1-2 minutes. You may need to scrape the sides once or twice.
2. Add the protein powder, maple syrup (or dates), beetroot powder, and lucuma powder (if using) and process again. You may need to scrape the sides once or twice. This step should take less than 1 minute. You are looking to create a sticky "dough." If needed, drizzle a little extra coconut oil or maple syrup (but check before doing so, because the "dough" will be piece-y but formable).
3. Transfer mixture to a bowl and fold in chocolate chips.
4. Roll the sticky mixture into 12 balls and set aside.
5. In a small bowl, toss the coconut and beetroot powder. You should get a really fun pink color, but feel free to add more beetroot powder to create a deeper red!
6. Roll the balls into the coconut to coat. If the coconut doesn't stick, simply wet your hands and try again. You can also drizzle extra coconut oil or maple syrup if needed.

Doesn't that look like a little face?!

Doesn't that look like a little face?!

These are seriously delicious and super portable. Why not surprise your swolemate at your workout(s) on Valentine's Day?!