Raw Power Protein Balls with cacao, hemp, chia and flax seeds

This isn’t just any old high protein treat, it’s a superfood extravaganza – high in essential fats and antioxidants. In fact, it is so insanely healthy, I have to pinch myself when that decadent flavour hits my palate!

I am a big fan of foods that not only infuse my body with an abundance of nutritional goodness, but taste good too.

The modern world has been polluted with so many unhealthy, addictive foods to allure and diminish our health… so for those of us who have turned the tables and reclaimed our well-being with conscious cuisine – let’s show the world how delicious healthy food can be!

Raw Power Protein Balls by Trinity - gluten-free, vegan recipe

Before we delve into the recipe below, let’s look at what all the fuss is about and explore what’s in this high powered protein ball…

Hemp protein powder: hemp is one of the most complete proteins in the plant food kingdom, containing ALL 21 known amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids required for health. Hemp protein powder is a protein superstar, whilst also helping to bind these delicious treats together.

Check out my article for lots more about the incredible hemp seed benefits: Why are hemp seeds essential for health?

Raw Power Protein Balls by Trinity - gluten-free, vegan recipe

Where to buy hemp protein online?

High protein power balls_PINFlax seeds: an awesome source of omega 3 essential fats (omega 3 has been shown to have healthy heart benefits). Flax seeds also contain up to a whopping 800 times more lignans than other plant foods. Lignans are not only known for their antioxidant properties, but they also have powerful estrogen qualities, making them very supportive for hormone health.

Chia seeds: one of the richest plant-based sources of essential fats; a high quality protein food and loaded with antioxidants; chia seeds are one of my favourite seeds and work as a warmly welcomed bonus to this recipe.

Almonds: with an impressive line of up minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, almonds also come as a desirable addition to this medley of super-foods. They have a pleasant, nutty sweetness that works well here. I use freshly ground almonds, which helps to retain their awesome nutritional profile, whilst helping to hold all of the ingredients together.

Raw Cacao: chock-full of antioxidants, healthy fats, protein, polyphenols, minerals and vitamins, cocoa brings yet another incredible line up of super-food nutrition to these protein balls. The theobromine in cacao helps to stimulate the central nervous system, relax smooth muscles and dilate the blood vessels. Chemicals naturally present also encourage serotonin and other neurotransmitters that help inspire a good-mood and relieve depression. Cacao (which is the raw form of cocoa) contains various components like alkaloids, proteins, beta-carotene, leucine, linoleic, lipase, lysine, and theobromine, that all work together to improve physical and mental health.

Maple syrup: a natural, unrefined sweetener, much healthier than its distant, refined sugar cousins; used here to bring all the ingredients together with a gentle infusion of sweetness. This can be changed to your favourite healthy syrup sweetener if preferred.

Vanilla extract: I’ve added the smallest amount of quality vanilla extract into the blend to add a little necessary liquid, and subtle treat like extra flavour at the same – just because I can.

Yield: 7 bites sized balls

Raw Power Protein Balls with cacao, hemp, chia and flax seeds

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
A super healthy raw protein ball with cacao, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds and almond. Sweetened with a little maple syrup. High in protein, essential fats and antioxidants.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons hemp protein
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 5 tablespoons ground almonds
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or alternative)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Extra ground almond for rolling (optional)

Instructions

  • Grind almond and flax seeds with a nut mill or high powdered food processor (or alternatively if you don't have a grinder you can purchase pre-ground versions).
  • Add all ingredients into a small mixing bowl and then mix together thoroughly using the back of a spoon and a downward pressing motion. Keep pressing and mixing until everything is moist and evenly combined. This may take a minute or two, so do stay with it.
  • Divide into seven teaspoon sized parts and roll into balls (either with or without the extra ground almonds to roll in as preferred).
  • Pop in the fridge or enjoy immediately any time of the day.
  • For another great way to use hemp protein powder
    check out this delicious smoothie recipe:

    Hemp protein power smoothie by Trinity Bourne

    And just incase you prefer helled hemp seeds instead of the powder…
    this recipe is awesome:

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    32 Comments

    1. Kim March 10, 2015 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      Yum! I just made these. They are so simple and just what I was looking for. I healthy treat. Thank you!!!

      • Absolute pleasure Kim. I am so happy that you got the enjoy these too. I am still hoping you’ll be able to write me up an ingredient list of that INCREDIBLE green smoothie recipe that you made me that one time – the one with hemp protein powder in it πŸ™‚

    2. Kat March 28, 2015 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      These are amazing! I used honey instead of maple syrup and they turned out great. Thanks!

    3. Tania June 10, 2015 at 7:37 am - Reply

      I’ve attempted to make these but they are not sticking together into balls I subsisted the hemp protein with Raw fermented paleo protein this is most likely my problem didn’t think it would make much of a difference but obviously does πŸ™

      • Thank you for sharing Tania. That’s really interesting. I’ve never used raw fermented paleo protein, so I am not familiar with it. The recipe above depends on the blend of powder and moisture to hold it all together.

    4. Tania June 10, 2015 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      Yes no moisture in the powder I used, the recipe smell and looks delicious, what a shame I’ll need to get my hand on the hemp protein. Thanks for your reply, much appreciated πŸ™‚

    5. Wendy July 23, 2015 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      I took this a bit further, and added a Tbs of peanut butter, and a Tbs of shredded coconut….oh my! So delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe

    6. Deirdre July 27, 2015 at 2:48 am - Reply

      Tasty! I didn’t have the hemp ingredient but wanted to make them immediately so I just used coconut powder instead. Quick and easy to make.

      How long do they keep for? Not that they will last long but I am hoping to take some overseas with me for travel snacks.

      • Wonderful. I am not so familiar with coconut flour. The ones I make would last up to a couple of weeks in the fridge. Traveling – without a cooler – they might last up to 3 days, depending on the heat. I’ve used these for traveling myself πŸ™‚ Travel well!

    7. Cynthia October 28, 2015 at 12:07 pm - Reply

      Schools here in Ontario will not allow any nut products in children’s lunches and my granddaughter absolutely adores these protein balls. I will need to experiment to see if there is something I could use in lieu of ground almonds. I’m not sure exactly what role the almonds play in this recipe.
      BTW – it’s not just my granddaughter who loves these!!! It’s hard to keep them around. The first one I ate was straight out of Kim’s freezer.

      • Joanne March 3, 2018 at 6:24 pm - Reply

        Cynthia, this also work very well with ground sunflower seeds in place of ground almonds. Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe, Trinity!

    8. Cynthia October 28, 2015 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      Delicious!

    9. egle November 30, 2015 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      these just made the world a much more beautiful place to live in (i’m vegan for a month and that’s how long I haven’t eaten anything chocolaty, now these taste like heaven) : ) thank you

      • Trinity @ Trinity's Conscious Kitchen November 30, 2015 at 5:48 pm - Reply

        What a wonderful thing to hear egle! Congratulations on your vegan journey – there are loads of things here to help out and if you really get into it, you’ll love my books too.

    10. Sharon January 13, 2016 at 7:41 am - Reply

      Is it possible to add Goji berries to this?

      • Absolutely. The recipe works best because everything is ground down, which helps it all hold together – however, goji berries may still work a treat… I’ve not tried them with this particular version of power balls.

    11. Joanne February 1, 2016 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Hi,
      I made these last night and they are amazing! πŸ™‚ I’ve wanted to incorporate many of these ingredients into my diet for a while and not known how …this recipe is genius!
      I had to add a little more maple syrup to get mine to mould together but it worked fabulously.
      I just wondered if you had the nutritional info on these? Or if I should just try to work it out based on all of the ingredients and approximate measures?
      Thank you

    12. Fancy Nancy February 26, 2016 at 3:57 am - Reply

      Absolutely LOVED these! I doubled the recipe and added two dates… and they were all gone by that night between my husband, toddler, and I! My only recommendation to others is to quadruple the recipe if you want to store extra in the fridge. I’m making more tonight. Thanks for posting this! I’m excited to check the rest of your site and recipes. πŸ™‚

      I’ve looked for more whole foods since being pregnant with my first son three years ago. And food has so much to do with spirituality so I love that you included that in your intro at the top of your page. It’s all connected.

      • Trinity @ Trinity's Conscious Kitchen February 26, 2016 at 8:04 am - Reply

        Thank you for your comment. I am pleased that you guys enjoyed these. Spirituality and the inter-connectedness of all things is a very important part of my life, so I am delighted to know that you resonate with that aspect too.

    13. Mrs. chiu April 19, 2017 at 1:05 am - Reply

      Really good! I used whole hemp seeds and only used maybe 1 t. Agave and found them too dry to hold together so added about 1 T. Almond butter and splash of coconut milk and they held together beautifully! Also added some sea salt, Vietnamese cinnamon and rolled them in unsweetened shredded coconut.

    14. Dawn Louise June 4, 2017 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      I’ve just made these delicious little bits of taste teasers. I added some shelled hemp seeds, used carob instead of cacao and one tbl sp each of maple and date syrup. Thanks for this recipe and for introducing me to carob powder x

    15. Richa March 20, 2018 at 1:55 am - Reply

      Im making my third batch with this recipe in the last 2 weeks ans this time Im making double the quantity ?
      Both me and my husband love it but the biggest fan is our 19 month old.

      I add dates instead of maple sugar and it helps bing the powerball super well. 7-8 mejdool dates for the quantities listed in your recipe.

      Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    16. Vesna June 8, 2018 at 2:12 am - Reply

      Would like to make this Nut free
      Suggestions as to replace it with?
      Thanks
      Making these for my boys soccer team !!!

    17. Jewels July 13, 2018 at 7:03 am - Reply

      These are so good, so quick & effortless to make, not to mention there’s no guilt eating them either πŸ™‚ they are the perfect little chocky hit.

      I didn’t have hemp powder, so I substituted with Himalayan salted caramel plant protein powder (Prana on) and added two teaspoons of hemp seeds and one teaspoon extra of water.

      Delish! 🌱 πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί

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