I was reminiscing about student life with a friend recently, when the conversation turned to diet and fitness – or rather, the complete lack of any consideration shown for healthy eating in our university days. This got me thinking about the amount of sugar I must have consumed in takeaways, jars of sauces, energy drinks and my faithful library friend the glucose-packed Boost bar! On reflection though, I made the pretty shocking realisation that I actually eat more chocolate now than I did before moving to a healthier lifestyle.
Whether my goal is to lose a little fat or build lean muscle, I now eat something chocolatey almost every day. I started my low-sugar lifestyle back in August 2013 with a weakness for milk chocolate puddings and sweet bars of white chocolate, but I was never as much of a chocolate lover as Valentine’s day adverts make all women out to be. I also hated anything that could be described as dark chocolate – in reality, it was the creaminess of Dairy Milk bars that I enjoyed, not the real cocoa taste.
Fast forward 18 months and I’ve fallen firmly in love with intense cacao flavours: give me Lindt 90% melted into chocolate brownies, 100% Dominican Republic buttons from Montezuma’s and raw cacao powder over 20% chocolate Easter eggs any day.
Sadly, most bliss / protein ball recipes online contain dates, bananas or other sugar-packed natural sweeteners, so I created the recipe below for times when I’m sat at my desk and don’t want a sugar hit.
Whether you’re following a particular diet ethos (raw food, Paleo or otherwise) or are just fed up of the 4pm sugar crash, having a batch of these very simple bliss balls in your fridge at home is a fuss-free alternative to reaching for the biscuit tin.
Using The Organic Protein Company’s whey gives a delicious, creamy flavour without adding sugar, sweeteners or unnatural flavourings and you can whip up a batch in under five minutes, perfect for when those sweet cravings strike! These are perfect pre-workout or as a cinema snack. If you’re looking for a low fat, higher carbohydrate post-workout option, look out for my sweet cinnamon bliss ball and PPB protein ball recipes next week.
SUGAR FREE MOCHA PROTEIN BALLS:
1/2 scoop The Organic Protein Company’s whey protein powder*
1½ tbsp coconut flour
½ tsp instant coffee
1 tsp melted extra virgin coconut oil (I love Lucy Bee‘s)
1/2 tbsp Big Tree Farms raw organic cacao powder*, or Fairtrade cocoa powder
2 tbsp oat flour
1 tbsp crunchy almond butter
2-3 tbsp milk
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, roll into balls & refrigerate for 1 hour or devour immediately!