I was recently looking for a good protein ball recipe and every single recipe that I came across was super high in fat (the good fat but too much of it) and loaded with sugar (natural sugar is still sugar). So, I decided I needed to create my own protein ball and since I think cake pops are always fun, why not make it a protein cake pop! The macros in this are awesome! High protein, high fiber, low carbs and very low sugar! No weird ingredients. All this AND they are even tasty! But what really sets these apart from all the other protein ball recipes out there is that these are WAY lower in calories (despite being larger in size) and they also have a way better protein-to-fat ratio. All the protein ball recipes I found had almost twice the calories, twice the sugar and three times the fat than these awesome little protein bombs. And these ones are even chocolate dipped!
Now, don’t expect these to taste like a cake pop from Starbucks or your favorite chocolate store. Also, they likely aren’t as sweet as most of the protein ball or energy ball recipes you see out there, but I actually like that. I want the most nutrient-dense bang for my calorie buck and packing even natural sweeteners in there really dilutes that bang and means that I can’t scarf down as much.
And I like to scarf.
Also, while working to reduce my sugar intake, I have found that after a couple of weeks of reduced sugar, your body starts to be more sensitive to sweetness and things start to taste a bit sickly sweet. Thus cravings lessen and are more easily satisfied with something like a healthy piece of fresh fruit.
Now, that I’ve gone on and on about sugar, you might be wondering why I chose to dip my protein pops in chocolate?! Ummmm…well, because chocolate is tasty! And you have to live a little! Actually it’s a very light coating and it IS dark chocolate, but these were also quite tasty without the chocolate shell. If you choose to omit the chocolate shell, just eat them as balls and don’t worry about the sticks. Easy peasy! I hope you like them!
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- 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder (I used MRM Whey in Dutch Chocolate)
- 1/2 tbsp oat flour
- 1 tbsp + 1 tsp natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tbsp water (do not go over this amount - you can use slightly less and add slowly)
- 1/4 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
- cinnamon (for rolling)
- crushed peanuts
- crushed almonds
- crushed pretzels
- chopped turkey bacon
- Mix protein powder, oat flour, peanut butter, 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, and 1 tbsp water in a bowl and combine.
- Add the remaining 1 tbsp of water slowly until desired consistency is reached (dough should be able to be formed into balls but may be a bit sticky).
- Roll in cinnamon (optional)
- Heat chocolate over a low-medium flame stirring constantly.
- When chocolate is in liquid form, dip popsicle stick into chocolate and then push into ball.
- Allow chocolate to harden in ball for 3-5 minutes. Be sure to keep the chocolate in your pot warm for dipping the balls.
- Once the chocolate on the stick has dried and the stick is secure, dip the ball into the warm chocolate and rotate to lightly cover.
- Roll in topping (if desired).
- Stand upright to set.
- If you don’t have a cake pop stand, you can use a block of styrofoam or a florist block.
- Calories: 116
- Protein: 8
- Fat: 4.5
- Carbs: 12 (10 net carbs)
- Sugar: 4.5
- Fiber: 2