It’s no secret that I’m a fan of all things easy. Call it ingenuity, call it entrepreneurial, call it lazy. But when I find a quick way of doing something awesome, I think that’s pretty much gold, right? Here I thought this other protein ball recipe was easy. It still involved blending stuff up, but hey, it wasn’t too hard! But looky here, my pretties. Here’s another equally delicious  and healthy protein ball recipe.. with. no. blending. whatsoever.

Just die, and go to heaven already.

Incidentally, I don’t have gestational diabetes. For those who aren’t in the know, gestational diabetes can develop when you’re pregnant, because your body just isn’t metabolising sugar fast enough. We don’t really care what it is (secretly, we do care), but if you do have it (and most women are tested around 28 weeks gestation) you get your ass hauled into a dietician’s office where they pummel you with a strict and diabolically boring diet for the remainder of your pregnancy. No carbs, no sugar and sometimes, they need you to poke your finger with a needle throughout the day to check your blood sugar. How ghastly. But ok, fine, it’s all for the health of wee bubs. And yes, I would have done it all if I had tested positive.

But I didn’t! And so all that sugar I ate leading up to my test a couple of weeks ago (you know, just in case I couldn’t eat any more sugar for three months) was futile but oh so delicious nonetheless.

Almond and chocolate protein balls
250g almond meal
50g dark chocolate, chopped finely
3 heaped scoops vanilla protein powder
6 tablespoons macadamia nut or coconut oil
9 tablespoons almond milk (or regular milk)
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
  1. Place everything in a large bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  2. Roll into balls. Refrigerated, the balls can keep for a week.
Makes about 15-18 balls.

9 Thoughts on “recipe | almond and chocolate 5 minute protein balls

  1. Tracy Driver on August 13, 2013 at 11:02 am said:

    They sound delicious and not too decadent!

  2. Lisa Sherratt on August 13, 2013 at 11:38 am said:

    Hi, these look yummy!! Can I just ask – by “Almond meal” do you mean ground almonds? Thanks!!

  3. Simple is best that’s for sure. These look tasty and SO simple that even I could make them.s

  4. Protein is one of the most important ingredients which are used in many functionality of the body. IF we use almond in any recipes, It provide benefits to our body and this is because they consists of many features such as :-

    Almonds reduce heart attack risk
    Almonds lower bad cholesterol in the body
    Almonds protects artery walls from damage
    Almonds build strong bones and teeth
    Almonds provide healthy fats which are used for reducing unhealthy fat in the body
    Almonds help provide good brain function

    Manganese, vitamin E,magnesium, tryptophan, copper, vitamin B, phosphorus, these are the nutrients which are present in almond. It is recommended that always take almond with milk because combination of almond and whey protein provides extra benefits to health.

    • Natalie on November 13, 2014 at 9:52 am said:

      So to sound daft, but these are ok to eat when you have Gestational Diabetes?

      • Hi Natalie, that’s a good question. They’re ‘healthy’ but I guess dark chocolate still has an element of sweetness, though not refined sugar. Also, make sure you use good protein powder, some cheap ones still have sugar as well. I guess if you are eating these as an occasional treat instead of something actually sweet then it’s better than eating the sweet thing but maybe double check with a nutritionist or your doc?

  5. Mario on June 25, 2015 at 10:28 am said:

    Just made these with butterscotch protein powder and added 2 tbsp ground flaxseed. I needed more milk to make them stick together. So yummy and great as a sweet treat for a newly diagnosed diabetic. Thanks so much!

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