These Protein Balls are so good. The good that has you eating the mixture before you even roll them into balls!
They are full of good things, but as mentioned in a post a couple of days ago it is possible to have too much of a good thing, so a couple at a time for either a pre or post workout snack would be enough.
They are super easy to make. You simply blend all the ingredients in a food processor.
Keep processing until you get a consistency that will stay together when you squeeze it.
And this recipe has been well tested. On the weekend we had an in-house competition at my gym and it was also two lovely girls birthdays. Knowing that they wouldn’t feel like eating cake after the workouts, I made a tower of protein balls and added sparklers (thanks to Jules for running home to get something to light the sparklers with!). The protein balls were given the thumbs up by those who had them.
- ½ cup almonds
- 1 cup of pitted dates
- 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- 3 tsps cacao powder
- ½ cup coconut flakes
- 2 scoops protein powder (I used vanilla flavour and 2 scoops measured to about ⅓ cup)
- Approx 1 cup desiccated coconut for rolling
- Roughly chop the dates and add them to the food processor.
- Add the almonds, coconut oil, cacao powder, coconut flakes and protein powder to the food processor.
- Blend for a couple of minutes. It takes a little while for the almonds to release their oil which helps make the mixture moist.
- Stop the food processor and scrape the mixture from the sides. Blend again and continue blending, stopping, scraping until the mixture becomes moist. The exact time will vary on the power of your food processor, but mine took about six minutes. Don’t be fooled by how the mixture looks, check by squeezing the mixture with your hands. Once it stays together when you squeeze it, it is ready.
- Pour the desiccated coconut into a bowl.
- Using a heaped teaspoon of the mixture roll it into a balls.
- Roll the ball in the coconut and place in a container that can be airtight. Keep going until you have used up all the mixture and then place the protein balls into fridge to set. This will take about an hour.
- The protein balls are best stored in the fridge and they can be frozen.
Our Family Menu Plan For This Week
Week Commencing 23rd November 2013
|Sun||Slow cooker roast beef
|Mon||Spaghetti and Zucchini Bolognese|
|Tue||Slow cooker butter chicken|
|Wed||Beef Stir Fry|
|Thu||Spicy Slow Cooker Lamb|
|Fri||Scrambled eggs and tomatoes|
|Shopping List||Weekly menu plan shopping list 131123|
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What’s your favourite sweet snack at the moment?