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Chocolate Brownie Protein Balls – Gluten Free, Vegan, Grain Free

These Chocolate Protein Balls are a surprisingly decadent-tasting healthy snack. An easy recipe packed with plant based protein and healthy fats, these bite-sized chocolates are low in sugar, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and grain free.

This post is sponsored by O.W.Y.N, all opinions are my own. See full disclosure.

Life is busy.

And through that busy-ness, we’re all searching for meaningful and healthy lifestyles that can be achieved without adding much more time to our crazy schedules. Right?

Chocolate Protein Balls

Here at Life After Wheat, our journey to a healthier lifestyle began, believe it or not, when Allan was diagnosed with EOE and multiple food allergies 6 years ago.

We started making more from-scratch recipes out of necessity, and eventually realized how many nutrients we were lacking from the food we were eating. We started incorporating more fresh produce and making simple meals packed with real, nutrient dense foods (and there is no better way to enjoy real food than in a Chocolate Protein Ball).

Chocolate Protein Balls

None of these changes were easy, but creating and enjoying plant-based, healthy recipes has been one of the best things we’ve done for our family and you’ll be seeing more of them throughout this next year (yay!) If you usually visit Life After Wheat for the gluten free breads (that don’t taste gluten free), not to worry…we still have plenty of those coming your way 😉

Now, I must admit that for me, the hardest part of eating healthy is limiting chocolate – and sugar in general. Even so-called healthy foods contain loads of sugar…have you ever checked labels in the protein section of the grocery store? YIKES! A lot of protein products are packed with sugar and/or a lot of not-so-real ingredients.

That’s why we love O.W.Y.N. I first tasted their ready-to-drink protein shakes at the Food Allergy Blogger’s Conference last Fall and have been drinking it ever since. I also love using their protein powder to give simple recipes a plant based protein boost (have you tried these Energy Bites yet? they’re a huge hit at our house)

Chocolate Protein Balls

O.W.Y.N stands for Only What You Need…and it is exactly that. Packed with plant-based protein, greens, and no artificial sweeteners, it also tastes good. 

Enter the deliciously decadent but secretly healthy Chocolate Protein Balls. These balls are simple, quick, and easy to make. They’re made with a few real ingredients, and they taste good. In fact, my pickiest eater tells me they’re really good 🙂

Chocolate Protein Balls are easy to make in just 4 steps!

 

STEP 1: Measure your ingredients into a medium-sized bowl. 

Chocolate Protein Balls

STEP 2: Stir.

 Chocolate Protein Balls

STEP 3: Form into balls, and top with a drizzle of dark chocolate if you want.

 

Chocolate Protein Balls

 

STEP 4: Eat. Enjoy. Repeat.

 

Chocolate Protein Balls

We love to keep a batch in the freezer to pull out whenever we need a healthy treat, or on-the-go snack. We’ve even been known to eat a few for breakfast because…why not? They’re a whole lot healthier than most breakfast options!

 

These Chocolate Energy Balls are a surprisingly decadent-tasting healthy snack. An easy recipe packed with plant based protein and healthy fats, these bite-sized chocolates are low in sugar, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and grain free.

O.W.Y.N. makes a variety of protein powders and ready made protein shakes, you can check out all their flavors and order online HERE. Of course, as a food allergy family we’re always looking for SAFE products, and we are 100% confident in O.W.Y.N due to their stringent guidelines and allergen testing. They’re also the first brand to be the Food Allergy Research & Education national partnership. You can read more about their allergen policies HERE.

 What are your tips for living healthy? Tell us in the comments below, we love hearing from you!

 

Chocolate Protein Balls

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Chocolate Brownie Protein Balls

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Yield 1 dozen

These Chocolate Energy Balls are a surprisingly decadent-tasting healthy snack. An easy recipe packed with plant based protein and healthy fats, these bite-sized chocolates are low in sugar, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and grain free.

 

Ingredients

1 cup gluten free almond flour (see notes)

heaping 1/3 cup O.W.Y.N. Dark Chocolate protein powder

3 T cocoa powder

1/8 tsp sea salt, or to taste

1 T honey, agave, or real maple syrup (we use local, raw honey - use one of the other options for vegan)

2-3 T milk of choice (we used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)

2 T mini or regular vegan chocolate chips, optional (we used Enjoy Life Foods)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir until combined, it should be the consistency of cookie dough.
  2. Using hands or a cookie scoop, form into 1 inch balls. You can also make them bite sized if you want. Drizzle with additional melted chocolate if you want.
  3. You can store in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days, or freeze. To freeze, place balls so they aren't touching on a parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze for an hour and then put in a Ziploc freezer bag or freezer container, and store in the freezer. These bites are great partially thawed for a cool treat!

Notes

Many almond flours are not gluten free as they are processed on the same equipment as wheat. Use an almond flour that has the certified gluten free seal.

Courses Healthy Snacks

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 protein ball

Amount Per Serving

Calories 90

% Daily Value

Total Fat 6 g

9%

Total Carbohydrates 6 g

2%

Sugars 3 g

Protein 4 g

8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

 

 

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelly
    April 5, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I love that a few ingredients come together for this super tasty bite. I’d like a dozen please!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    April 6, 2018 at 7:20 am

    These look delicious. Protein balls make wonderful after school snacks. The kids just know they are delicious, not that they are healthy.

  • Reply
    Jules Shepard
    April 6, 2018 at 10:04 am

    These look wonderfully delicious and less messy than others I’ve tried!

  • Reply
    Kristina
    April 6, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    I’d love an excuse for brownies more often! 😉

    I have been meaning to find out more information about the OWYN…

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    Kaila (The Wanderlust Celiac)
    April 6, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    I had never heard of O.W.Y.N. before, so I enjoyed learning more about the product. These look simply scrumptious as well! They look quick to make and come out with a nice texture too. 🙂

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    Kortney
    April 8, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    I struggle to find a safe protein powder and when I do it is always loaded with things I would rather not eat. Love what OWYN stands for!

    • Reply
      thereislifeafterwheat@gmail.com
      April 9, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      Yes Kortney, I’ve had the same experience and that’s why I love OWYN! -Celeste

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    Vegan Nazi
    April 11, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Says it’s vegan, but has honey in the ingredients..

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      thereislifeafterwheat@gmail.com
      April 11, 2018 at 5:04 pm

      You can use agave or real maple syrup.

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