Sunday, December 29, 2013

No Sunday Reflections - A Recipe for Chocolate Chickpea Protein Bites


I know its Sunday. Which means I'm supposed to be doing a "Sunday Reflection".

Frankly, this week has been totally messed up. So I'm keeping it going and posting a recipe on Sunday and I will do my "reflection" on Wednesday.

First we got sick with the stomach flu on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day so we stayed home instead of hitting the road to visit family (two cities in two days) like WE HAVE DONE FOR THE PAST 15 years. It was weird.

But actually quite wonderful. I don't think I have ever played with my kids as much as I did for those two days. They had my complete and utter undivided attention for 48 hours. And they loved it. And I loved it. It was the one (two) days of the year that I didn't feel like I needed to do anything else. We just played. I barely even cooked. We ate "breakfast" meals several times over the two days. Who feels like eating when they've got, or are getting over, the stomach flu.

We still made it special for the kids by lighting candles and eating cereal out of martini glasses.

I'm happy to report that my immune system is working pretty darn good. The stomach flu barely did any damage to me. It came and was gone within about 8 hours. Yay. All my hard work is paying off. I might seem boring to some people with my clean eating, early bedtime and supplement popping...........but it works.

So we ended up heading out to visit family on boxing day. And getting stuck there when a huge storm rolled in. But we got home safe and sound today. The storm has moved on. Now its just bloody cold. LIKE REALLY COLD.

Anyway, this week has been all messed up. But not in a bad way.

So that's why you get a new recipe..............a really good one. I think I may have promised to ease up on the chickpea recipes. I LIED.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Chickpea Pumpkin Seed Protein Balls

by MamaChanty
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: None
Keywords: raw blender snack gluten-free low-carb vegan chia seeds chickpeas chocolate protein powder
Ingredients (12 balls)
  • 1/4 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/2 cup organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp raw shelled Hemp Hearts
  • 2 Tbsp ground golden flax
  • 2 Tbsp ground Black Chia seeds
  • 1/2 Tbsp Truvia, Xylitol or sweetener of choice
  • 4 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 Tbsp 100% cocoa
  • 4 Deglet Noir Dates
  • 1/4 cup warm water
Instructions
Soak dates in warm water for 5 - 10 minutes.
Throw all ingredients in high powered blender or food processor (I used my Ninja blender). Pulse until grainy - not fully pureed. It only took a couple of minutes.
Roll into balls. About 1 1/2 to 2 Tbsp of mixture per ball.
Refrigerate or freeze until ready to eat.
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