Vegan & Grain-Free Almond Choco-Flax Protein Poppers a.k.a. Just Poppin’ In To Say I Luh You!

Vegan & Grain-Free Almond Choco-Flax Protein Poppers a.k.a. Just Poppin’ In To Say I Luh You!

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Happy SaturYAY! Back here today (DUH) to share a delicious recipe with you guys for some no-bake raw treats that you’ll LOVE as a topping for your breaky parfaits or oats, as a mid-morning snack when your focus is starting to fade, afternoon pick-me up or pre or post-workout fuel. 

These babes are raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, no-baked, low sugar & refined sugar-free! They’re chocolatey, moist & chewy with just the right amount of crumble (thank you almond flour!), filling, satisfying, yummy AF & so easy & simple to make.

And of course, they’re NUTRITIOUS: packed with plant protein, healthy fatty acids & loads of fibre.

As you guys know, I’m always recipe testing & trying to find ways to create recipes that are lower in sugar so that my dad can enjoy them too & with just 2 tbsp. of maple syrup, these do the trick!

What’s fun is that you can totally customize them to your liking. Use your favourite protein or collagen, switch up the flaxseeds for chia or hemp seeds, sweeten them with honey or coconut flower syrup & use whichever plant-based milk you love most!

In case I don’t have you convinced by the sight of these babes (which I honestly doubt… I mean, HOW CUTE ARE THEY?), here are some of the health benefits they contain:

  • Flaxseeds: High in fibre, low-carb & filled with omega fatty acids that fight inflammation, protect heart health, lower cholesterol, support digestive health & promote glowy skin, as well as antioxidants for boosted immunity.
  • Brain Octane Oil: Most effective type of MCT that’s easily absorbed & digested by the body, helps maintain health weight & boost gut health, keep you full & kick your brain into higher gear, boosting focus & concentration. It’s quickly metabolized into energy & burned by the body for fuel vs. being stored as fat. It also contains natural microbial & anti-bacterial agents & may help improve cholesterol levels. 
  • Cacao powder: Full of magnesium, essential fatty acids, fibre, protein, antioxidants (40x more than blueberries), highest source of plant-based iron, boosts heart & brain health, rich in calcium (more than cow’s milk!), boosts mood, fights depression & anxiety (this is because cacao contains 4 different neurotransmitters that promote a positive outlook & act as an anti-depressant)..
  • Almonds: Full of healthy fats, fibre, protein, magnesium & skin-healing, immunity-boosting, cell-rejuvenating & repairing vitamin E, as well as contribute to lower blood sugar, cholesterol & blood pressure levels, reduced blood pressure & healthy weight maintenance. They’re loaded with protein, calcium, fibre & antioxidants & may also reduce the risk of heart disease.

I used Iron Vegan sprouted protein powder (chocolate flavour). This is my go-to vegan protein powder because it’s one of the only ones I could find that doesn’t leave that pasty dry aftertaste in your mouth post devouring-sesh! Do you guys know what I mean? It’s made with sprouted grains & contains no added sugars, sweeteners or artificial flavours. Keep in mind that I use the scoop that comes inside the bag, which is considered “one scoop” serving. Depending on what protein powder you decide to use, the scoop might be slightly bigger or smaller, so adjust your liquid quantities accordingly if you see the batter isn’t holding together! You can add more maple syrup or almond milk, based on personal preference.

You can also switch up the liquid sweetener that you decide to use, but whatever you do, make sure the sweetener you use is liquid because it’s what helps hold everything together. I used maple syrup, but you can use coconut flower syrup or yacon syrup if you prefer. I only used 2 tbsp. & 1 tsp. of vanilla because I don’t like when my protein balls contain are overly sweet, but you can definitely throw in an extra tbsp. of sweetener if you prefer it a bit sweeter!
Without further ado, let’s get to the recipe!
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 cup organic almond flour
  • 1 scoop Iron Vegan sprouted chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 cup organic creamy almond butter
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup raw organic cacao powder
  • 1 tsp. pure organic vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. pure organic maple syrup (Add 1 tbsp. more for a sweeter ball)
  • 1/2 tbsp. Brain Octane oil
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk

TO MAKE:

  • Add all the ingredients (except almond milk) to a mixing bowl & mix until fully combined & incorporated.
  • Add the almond milk & mix again. You might need to add some more maple syrup or almond milk, based on consistency, depending on the protein powder you used (the size of the scoop may change things a bit!). Once mixed, the batter should hold together when you place it in the palms of your hands to roll it.

  • Use an ice cream scoop (or your hands) to portion out the protein poppers & form 15-17 medium poppers or 20-25 small ones, based on personal preference.
  • Place them on a plate or parchment/wax-paper lined baking sheet & refrigerate for at least an hour to allow them to firm up. 
  • Once firm, refrigerate or freeze them sealed in an airtight container.
  • ENJOY! 🙂


 



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