What’s better than chocolate balls? Mint chocolate balls. Then again, that’s only true if you like mint more than you like chocolate. I’m not sure which I like better but I do know one thing, these are amazing balls…or AMAZEBALLS! (Finally! A use for that word!)

Moving on. TGIF! That’s right, it’s Friday! Today is a rainy day here in NY but I’m not going to let the rain rain on my parade. I wish I could say that my Friday is going to be loaded with fun, relaxation and joy, but instead I get to say that my Friday is going to be spent at work, like the rest of the world. After work is a whole different story. Gonna grab a quick CrossFit workout, then straight home to catch new episodes of Say Yes to the Dress (yes, I’m one of those girls). And for dessert, a couple of Double Chocolate Mint Protein Balls!

Question of the day: What’s your favorite thing about Fridays?

What’s even more cool? These balls are grain-free, gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy free. You could call them Paleo if you want, I would.

Be careful making these balls, use only 1 teaspoon of mint extract, or else you may end up with a breath freshener instead of decadent treat.

Double Chocolate Mint Protein Balls

prep time: 15 minutes – cook time: none – makes 9 servings

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Almond Meal
1/4 cup Flaxseed meal
1 cup chocolate protein powder
1/4 cup extra dark unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon mint extract
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cup water

Directions:

In a large bowl combine almond meal, flaxseed meal, 3/4 cup of the protein powder, sea salt, cocoa powder and cacao nibs. Stir with a large spoon until all ingredients are well dispersed.

In a microwave safe bowl, heat the honey for 15-20 seconds. Add extract to warm honey and stir. Then pour the honey mixture in to the dry ingredients; mix with a large spoon. Slowly add water and stir until batter gets sticky. Be careful not to add too much water. If batter is too sticky simply add a bit more protein powder.

Line a plate or cookie sheet with parchment. Place remaining protein powder in bowl. Scoop batter in to small 1-1.5 tablespoon size portions. Roll in to a ball in your hand, then roll in the protein powder for a nice chocolate dusting. Place balls on lined cookie sheet and allow to set in fridge for 20 minutes before serving.

Nutrition facts provided by nutritiondata.com
Nutrition per serving: Calories: 119, Total Fats: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 107 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 14 g, Dietary Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 10 g, Protein: 11 g, Iron: 1.0 mg

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