Have you tried Hemp?  A year or two ago, a friend told me to try Hemp Hearts for added protein and I finally gave in and gave it a whirl.  It was not what I expected, probably because I didn’t know what to really expect – taste wise.  However, it did give me an idea for a protein rich snack using some hemp protein that is readily available at most natural food markets and grocery stores these days.  The result was surprisingly tasty!  I created these little chocolate protein balls that were quite filling and yummy at the same time.  I even brought them to a party with me a few weeks after creating the recipe and I was happy to get positive feedback from several of the ‘taste testers’. 

These little chocolate balls are simple to make, are a no-bake snack, and can help curb those sweet tooth cravings that so many of us get.  I know some people are not a fan of hemp’s flavor, but I find that the cocoa powder masks the taste really well in this particular recipe.  So if you are in the mood for a chocolatey, protein rich, fast and easy snack, give these a try.  FYI, I took pictures of these protein balls before I rolled them in the coconut, so they may look a little different when you make them. You can always mix the coconut into the batter too as another option. It’s all about visual preference – to roll in coconut or not to roll…that would be the question. Let me know what you think. 

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