Chickpea Protein Energy Balls and the Chickpea Diet Book

Nov
2013
07

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I am excited to get back to posting new recipes for foods that I have been testing, and loving, after my month long green juicing adventure! I have been in the kitchen lots lately and now need to make time to come post and share the most successful recipes.

I have been recently asked to create some recipes with chickpeas, for a chickpea diet book. I was apprehensive at first, as I was looking to get back into my usual favorite raw food recipes, but I decided to look into it, and it made sense to me. Not from my raw food sensibilities, but from my vegan consciousness. I could see where they were prestenting chickpeas as a viable nutritious protein source and if you were coming from a mainstream diet, the book made a lot of sense, and created a great alternative to meat! That works for me, so I agreed to come up with some recipes and a perk is that I am free to post some here!

So my plan for the next little while is to alternate posting raw recipes with healthy cooked recipes – with chickpeas.

This recipe for protein energy balls is one I find myself going for every morning for breakfast lately.. along with my big green smoothie of course. But these make a great anytime snack and could even be enjoyed for dessert.Mmm, (I’m eating one now!) these chickpea protein energy balls are delicious!

 

Chickpea Protein Energy Balls

 

Chickpea Protein Energy Balls Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups cooked Chickpeas
½ cup SunWarrior Vanilla Protein
½ cup vegan Chocolate chips
½ cup Coconut flakes
½ cup Rolled Oats
½ cup Almond butter
1/3 cup Maple syrup
1 tsp Vanilla
½ tsp Salt

Directions

Process cooked chickpeas in the processor until well ground and then transfer to a large bowl. Add all of the dry ingredients: the oats, protein powder, chocolate chips, coconut and salt. Mix well and then add the almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla. Mix to combine all ingredients well. Roll into balls using about 2 tablespoons of the mixture for each ball.

Makes 20 to 22 energy balls. Store in an air tight container in the fridge. These high protein energy balls are nutritious and great to have on hand for a quick, grab and go, filling snack.

 

Recipe How-To in Photos

Get together the ingredients; make sure you have everything you need.

I cooked my own chickpeas, but you can use canned. Chickpeas are a cinch to cook, and it is a lot cheaper to buy them dry in bulk and cook them yourself.

To cook chickpeas: Soak in a bowl with water overnight. or about 12 hours. Make sure to cover them by a couple inches, as they will expand in the water. After soaking, rinse and drain. Transfer to a pot with lots of water covering them again and boil gently until they are soft, about an hour. Drain. That’s all there is to it. It really is so easy! You can store these in an air tight container in the fridge to use later. They should keep for about a week.

Chickpea Protein Energy Balls - ingredients

Put cooked chickpeas in the food processor..

Chickpea Protein Energy Balls  - chickpeas in processor

and process until ground up.

Chickpea Protein Energy Balls - chickpeas processed

Transfer procesed chickpeas along with all dry ingredients to a large bowl.

Chickpea Protein Energy Balls - ingredients in bowl

Mix well, then add the wet ingredients: almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla.

Chickpea Protein Energy Balls - wet ingredients in bowl

Mix well. Then shape into balls. I used 2 tablespoons of mixture for each ball. I have a great little spoon that measures out 2 tablespoons for me. It’s pretty handy. Sometimes it’s the little things that make cooking fun and easy.

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Chickpea Protein Energy Balls - rolled in balls

Set them on a plate to serve, or store in an air tight container in the fridge. They should keep well covered and refridgerated for a week to two.

Chickpea Protein Energy Balls 2

Enjoy!

Always in health and with love,

Robin

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  • Christine

    Hi Robin,
    These protein balls look really good but I have one question: what exactly is sunwarrior vanilla protein & where can I get it?
    Thank you, Christine

    • Hi Christine,
      Thanks. SunWarrior is a vegan protein powder that I like the most of all the different ones that I have tried. I have a link to it in my kitchen shop http://www.robinskey.com/kitchen/

      You could use other types of protein powder, or I bet they would turn out ok without it at all. I should try hemp protein as well.. but I love the SunWarrior Vanilla one. 🙂

      If you try another brand or type, I would love to hear how they turn out!

      • Christine

        Ok thank you, sounds good and I definitely will give it a try 🙂

  • bpgagirl22VAnow

    I made a similar one to these with chickpeas, vanilla, oatmeal, peanut butter and a smidgen of oil and mini chocolate chips – YUMMY! I froze ’em and eat a couple every morning for breakfast! Awesome!