Healthy, high in protein, and chocolaty delicious, the chocolate flax seed protein ball is an easy to make alternative to store bought preservative filled granola or protein bars.
These are a perfect snack to whip up on Sunday afternoon that will last you the entire week.
You can also try different flavors of protein powder (though avoid fruit flavors) like vanilla or choco-mint.
½ cup red quinoa
1 ¼ cup water
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 ½ tablespoons flax seed
1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
2 scoops chocolate protein powder (Nectar Chocolate Truffle flavor works great!)
Pinch of cinnamon
Makes 12 one-inch balls
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine quinoa and water in a saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, then cover tightly with a lid and turn to lowest setting. Cook protein balls for 15-20 minutes or until fluffy, pop your head in and take a look. Let cool for 10 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients to cooled quinoa and stir well to combine. Mixture should still be a bit warm so almond butter can melt into the batter. With your hands (best tools in the whole kitchen), form 12 one-inch sized balls and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes then remove from sheet and cool on a plate or wire rack. Your balls will break down if you leave them for too long, so store them in an airtight container and enjoy!