Now these protein balls are a far cry from the dusty, sad, flavorless protein snacks of your past. These are luscious, sweet and nutty with an addictive cocoa caramel flavor. I’m not really the sort of person that keeps sweet treats around to scarf. But now that I’ve scarfed (and shared) all of these bites I really wish I’d made a quadruple batch.
Hemp hearts are best known for packing a punch of Omega-3, 6 & 9 in the ideal balance. Omega fats can’t be produced by the human body, so we need to get Omegas from food sources. There’s significant scientific evidence supporting the essential role Omega fats play in reducing inflammation and preventing heart disease and stroke. For more on how Omega fats work in the body, and why they’re incredibly important, check out this easy-to-read article from Harvard.
Hemp hearts are also known for being an essential source of plant based protein, typically containing 33% protein. If you’re plant-based or are looking to get more nutrition from plant sources, hemp is a great addition to your diet. Shelled hemp aka “hemp hearts” are mildly nutty and easy to digest. And they’re ready to eat right out of the bag.
I’ve eaten hemp hearts every day for the past… actually, I can’t remember a day when I haven’t eaten them! I usually throw a couple tablespoons into a smoothie. Or I’ll sprinkle them over avocado toast or on top of a soup for dinner. I roll frozen bananas dipped in almond butter in hemp hearts. I add hemp to ice cream bases. And to my summer gazpacho. I put it in granola. I’m nuts over this stuff! It’s a big part of my life.
So, of all the protein balls in the world, why eat this one? GOOD QUESTION! These bites legitimately taste like caramel. To be more accurate, they’re sort of like sticky toffee swirled with chocolate and nut-butter. All that and I’ve thrown maca into the mix for an adaptogenic, hormone-balancing, energy-supporting, mood elevating tonic. They’re exceptionally healthy and perfectly decadent. Would you expect anything less from me?
Oh and they only take about 10 minutes to make. I freeze mine because I like to imagine that they’re ice cream bar bites (p.s. do frozen snickers still exist? I’m v out of touch). But they do just fine stored in the fridge until your ready to snack.
Fun tidbit: I brought these with me to a gig last Friday because I didn’t have time to make dinner. I ate 3 before I played and somehow didn’t even think about food until we were on out way home around 10pm (when I ate 4 more). This is not typical of me. I’m a ravenous fiery fiend for food around supper, most of the time. Logan will tell you in a heartbeat: do not get between me and dinner.
Conclusion: I think these protein balls are magic.
Or I was just so excited about the gig I didn’t think about food. ANYWAY they’re good. Bring them with you on road trips or as a beach-snack! They never disappoint!0