I’m pretty sure everyone loves chocolate. I won’t lie…I could live off of chocolate everyday, all day! So, when my friend, Sandy shared her Emmy’s Organic Cookie Snack at the local coffee shop, I was inspired to create this simple cookie at home. The personal challenge was to include nutrient dense foods, no refined sugar or flour, but full-on flavor. And from that, my Almond Joy Protein Ball was born! This has become one of my favorites. It’s easy enough for kiddos to put together, requires no hot oven, and can be made within five minutes or less. What’s more, if your kitchen is stocked with foods from my PK Grocery List, you already have these items ready to go in your pantry!

Using almond flour and unsweetened shredded coconut and coconut oil as the base, you are gaining healthy (MCT, medium chain triglyceride) fats as well as added iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese and a multitude of minerals. Throw in the MVP Kids Chocolate protein powder, and you have the added benefit of Vitamins, especially C and D as well as protein. These gems are sweetened with Agave Syrup for a slightly sweet taste but with the benefit of a low glycemic index to regulate healthy blood sugar levels.

All you need is one small bowl, and a spoon! One taste, and you will be hooked!

ALMOND JOY PROTEIN BALLS, makes 10-12 (depending on size)

AUTHOR: Kristen Tinker

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
4 tsp Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil (add more, 1 tsp at a time to moisten)
3 tsp Agave Syrup
3 tsp Almond Flour
Pinch Pink Salt (approx. 1/8 tsp)
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 TBSP Purium’s Organic Chocolate MVP Kids Chocolate Protein**
Enjoy Life vegan mini chocolate morsels may be added for an added chocolatey indulgence

DIRECTIONS

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients until evenly incorporated. Using a cookie scoop or small spoon, gather up a small handful of “dough” and push together, into a ball of desired size. Be patient in the “pushing process” to allow the oil to bind. If needed, add 1 tsp of oil at a time to create balls that are more moist. Place balls on a small plate, dust with Cocoa or Raw Cacao powder and extra Shredded Coconut.

** Get $50 off the MVP Kidsor any other organic superfood with my health code “pacerkristen”