Chocolate Peppermint Protein Balls
Since going low carb, followed by ketogenic, and consciously quitting processed sugar, I’ve found that I don’t usually crave sweet foods. But sometimes a little chocolate fix might be needed instead.
So I created these to incorporate extra protein for my kids as they tend to be picky eaters, as well as a chocolate fix for myself. If they don’t know something healthy is in there, they are less likely to refuse. I also added a probiotic powder like this one.
My kids don’t like having a probiotic even if it’s added to sugar free chocolate milk, they are quite wary and sensitive. I’ve had to become a super sleuth and get more creative to stay one step ahead of them. So I appeal to their love of chocolate. They are okay not having regular white sugar as they know that sweetener tastes just like sugar.
Fortunately, they love chocolate peppermint flavoring, so this was a winner with my tribe.
What’s in the mix?
In addition to having protein powder and a probiotic added, this protein ball also contains LSA mix. What’s so special about LSA you ask?
If you’ve been low carb or keto for sometime or been health conscious, you may have come across it. It’s a mix of ground linseed (or flaxseed, it’s the same thing), sunflower seeds and almonds. This mix contains some fabulous nutrients that I wanted my little kiddies to consume.
In particular I wanted to add magnesium and healthy natural fats in their diet to help one child in particular to manage her moods better. It also doesn’t hurt for the other two to have the magnesium and extra nutrients too. If you can’t find this as a mix, you can mix it yourself to create your own mix of ground flaxseed, sunflower seeds and almonds.
My goal is to give them something filling, yummy and nutritious in their lunch boxes for school that they are likely to eat instead of leave behind. I also wanted to reduce the amount of sugar they were having. I had become lazy, and since lunches are so challenging for 3 very different children, I started resorting to unhealthy, sugar-laden packaged snacks to take instead.
If I gave LSA to them in another form, they would outright refuse. It doesn’t look pretty, and it certainly wouldn’t blend well into a sugar free pancake or other appealing sugar free recipe. So I decided to add it to this little ball of heaven.
Go ahead and give these Chocolate Peppermint Protein Balls a go.
Let me know in the comments below what you think and what your family and friends thought of them.
Chocolate Peppermint Protein Balls
Boosted with protein powder and powdered probiotic these bliss balls are full of nutrition and sure to please even the fussiest of eaters.
- 1 cup Almond Meal
- 1/2 cup cacao or cocoa
- 6 tbsp xylitol adjust to your taste preference
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tsp peppermint essence
- 2 tbsp LSA mix Linseed, sunflowerseed, almond mix
- 4 tbsp protein powder
- 2 tsbp desiccated coconut or shredded coconut
Mix in food processor almond meal, cocoa powder, LSA, protein powder and xylitol.
Add softened butter and process for a few seconds.
Roll mixture into tbsp sized balls.
Roll and coat in desiccated coconut.
Store in a covered container in the fridge until ready to be enjoyed.
Adjust the xylitol amounts according to your preference. Some people add less sweetener, while others add more, depending on how long you've been low carb and who you're making them for.
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