Here's a quick, festive (and healthy) way to usher in the Holiday season! For more seasonal recipes like this one, check out our 2 week Healthy Holiday Challenge.
Peppermint Patty Protein Balls (Makes 12)
1 cup packed fresh Medjool dates, pitted (approximately 12)
1 cup rolled oats
2 Tablespoon cacao powder
¼ cup collagen peptides
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon peppermint extract, or to taste
2 Tablespoons almond milk (or other non-dairy milk, such as coconut or cashew)
½ cup walnuts
¼ cup almonds
1 Tablespoon hemp seeds
4 Tablespoons dairy-free dark chocolate chips (we love the Enjoy Life brand)
2 Tablespoons shredded, unsweetened coconut
In a food processor, process the pitted dates until chopped and sticky. Add in the rolled oats, cocoa powder, collagen peptides, salt, peppermint extract and almond milk. Process until combined, scraping down the side of the bowl as needed. Finally, add in the nuts, hemp seeds and chocolate chips and pulse until combined and sticky. It should be sticky enough to easily make a ball.
Form 1-inch balls with your hands and then roll in shredded coconut before placing them on a parchment-lined plate. If you like the energy balls on the softer side, enjoy immediately. If you like them a bit more firm, then freeze for at least 60 minutes and then enjoy. Keep in a covered container in the freezer for best results, but they will also keep in the fridge.
TIP: If your protein balls are having trouble sticking together make sure your dates are fresh so they stick together and/or add a little more milk.