Protein Power Balls
This recipe is a simplified version from my 80/20 cookbook that only takes 5 minutes to make. I normally make up a batch beginning of the week because it’s a fantastic grab and go snack or mini power meal if I’m rushing around or to satisfy any sugar cravings when the 4 O”Clock munchies hit.
These protein packed power balls are a great source of complete protein that contain all the essential amino acids needed for repair and for a healthy immune system, also a good source of vitamin E and minerals from the almonds and fresh dates. The cinnamon adds a lovely flavour and also helps stablilze blood sugar levels. If you can’t have nuts, I would grind up some lovely sunflower, pumpkin and linseeds then throw them in the mix in place of the almonds. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.
330 g raw whole almonds or walnuts
60g Healthy Chef Pure Native WPI or Organic Pea Protein
16 fresh dates, pitted
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon natural vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
coconut, goji berry, cacao, nuts for rolling
Throw almonds into the food processor with cinnamon, protein powder and cocoa then process until the mix looks crumbly.
Add dates, vanilla extract then process again until the mix starts to come together.
Add a splash of water if you need to so that mixture is soft and forms a soft ball.
Form into 14 decent sized balls.
Roll in coconut or any other of my suggested coatings and store in the fridge until you feel like a snack or quick meal on the run.
Store in the fridge for upto 4 weeks if they last that long.
Nutrition per cookie: makes 14 total
Protein: 8.2 g protein
Carbs: 7.6 g
Total Fat: 12 g
Saturated: 0.9 g
Fibre: 2.8 g