We’ve had some pretty crazy weather here in Canada, to say the least. Earlier this morning I was sipping on a cup coffee at my new favourite cafe down the road. It was warm enough that I was only wearing my spring jacket and if I listened closely, I swear I could hear birds chirping.
A few refills and a bowl of soup later, I headed back out to my car to face what was pretty much our biggest snowstorm of the season. I could hardly see from all of the flurries and I was struggling to scrape all of the ice off my car. Extreme weather warnings and dangerous driving conditions flooded every radio station, and as I sat there waiting for my car to warm up all I could think was what the hell happened in the span of a few short hours?!
Needless to say all of my plans were canceled for the rest of the day. I was originally headed to the gym after coffee until my fitness studio announced they were closing due to the weather conditions. I also had a “girls night” planned later on with one of my best friends. Except we live an hour away from each other so she and I both knew we’d have to reschedule. I was disappointed, but I also knew it was better to be safe than sorry.
So, what to do when you’re snowed in? Get creative in the kitchen of course (insert blonde hair-toss emoji). I love any excuse to blast music, throw my hair up in a bun, and start whipping together new recipes, hoping that at least one of them turns out. Some things worked out surprisingly well, like my homemade spinach-lemon pesto, while others were a complete fail… I’m looking at you quinoa pizza crust. But what’s the one thing that turned out the best? You’re looking at em’!
Maca-cocoa protein balls… and they’re about as delicious as they sound. Can you believe that I’ve never actually made my own protein balls before? I don’t know what it is about them that I’ve always found so intimidating. I mean you pretty much just throw stuff in the food processor and start rolling. But I never knew if I could master getting the perfect balance of ingredients, which I believe is essential in any protein ball recipe.
It took a few attempts, but out came what I believe are the best damn maca-cocoa protein balls you’ll ever have. They’re perfect to take on the go, or you could do like me and use them as a pre or post-workout snack. They help replenish my body with plenty of healthy carbohydrates, fats, and protein and their ingredients are insanely nutrient dense. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have also seen that Cody and I are headed to New York next week and I know these balls will come in handy during our travels. Anyways I hope you enjoy them and stay warm this weekend, friends!
P.S – I realize this may be more than enough protein ball pictures, but I finally set-up the new artificial light that I got for Christmas. I had so much fun playing around with it – I couldn’t resist!
Maca Cocoa Protein Balls
- 1 cup almond flour alternatively, you can use whole almonds.
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 5 medjool dates, dried
- 3 tbsps vanilla protein powder I use tropeaka lean vanilla protein
- 1 tbsp maca powder
- 4 tbsps raw cacao powder
- 2 tbsps flax seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 tbsps almond milk
- pinch of pink salt to taste
- unsweetened coconut flakes
- maca powder
- chopped pumpkin seeds
- raw cacao powder
Add all of the ingredients except for the dates and almond milk in the food processor until a coarse meal is formed.
Roughly chop the dates and add them to the food processor. Pulse until well combined. Then slowly add the almond milk and blend until a dough-like ball is formed. If your mixture looks too wet, add more powder and if its too dry add more almond milk.
Once your dough has formed, begin rolling into desired protein ball size. I measured about 1-2 tablespoons.
Leave as is or roll the protein balls into suggested toppings. Transfer them to an air-tight container and store them in the fridge. I prefer to let mine cool before eating them but to each their own! Enjoy.