Espresso Energy Protein Balls

Espresso Energy Protein Balls

Get a real energy booster from these vegan, gluten-free, raw bliss balls with a light coffee flavor. Your morning best friends!

I love energy balls, they are such an easy grab-and-go snack/breakfast and if they get extra protein well, than they are just perfect! Being an early morning exerciser I like to have easy and quick breakfast options in my kitchen, that I can just grab and eat on my way to the gym. Energy protein balls are definitely one of my favorite.

I have made so many different flavors and already shared some here with you on expatcucina. Today’s recipe is made spacial by a delicious espresso sunflower seed butter. When I bought it and tried for the first time I literally could not stop eating it by the spoon! I had to seriously play major self-control to put the jar back in the fridge!

This recipe is super simple, quick and yummy and, as usual, just calls for basic ingredients. Oh, and did I mention these are RAW, so no need to turn on the oven on these hot summer days!

Ingredients (makes 12 large servings):

  • 1/3 cup espresso sunflower seed butter
  • 1/2 cup almonds (activated overnight)
  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts (activated for 4 hours)
  • 1 scoop of pea protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp stevia powder
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2-3 tbsp nut butter of choice (as needed)
  • dry coconut or extra chia seeds for final coating

First thing first, the night before activate your nuts by soaking them in fresh filtered water, Make sure you soak them at least 12 hours, specially the almonds. Cashew nuts take only 4 hours.

Also, make sure to use organic, cold-pressed virgin coconut oil. Mine pick is gre3n coconut oil! Love its rich taste!

For the sweetener I used stevia powder, but you can use 2 tbsp of maple syrup if you prefer.

Place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until creamy and a sticky paste forms

Roll them mixture into 30g balls

then coat each ball into dry coconut. Refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving.

TIP: if you want to boost up the coffee flavor, feel free to add 1 tsp of instant coffee 😉





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