Protein Power Balls
This recipe is a power packed protein ball recipe from my 80/20 cookbook. It’s loaded with protein at 10 grams per serve and also high in superfood goodness that’s bursting with antioxidants. I normally whip up a batch at the beginning of the week because it’s a fantastic grab and go snack if I’m rushing around and need a little sustenance, or purely just to satisfy any sugar cravings when the afternoon munchies hit.
What’s great about them:
Almonds are also rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect the body against free radicals as well as protein to help sustain lean muscle and repair the body.
Healthy Chef Protein
I use the finest-grade of grass-fed, cold pressed, WPI protein available in the world. It’s the only one available in Australia that has naturally occurring digestive enzymes making it suitable for people with digestive issues such as lactose intolerance. Our pea protein is entirely raw, alkaline and plant based, containing all the essential amino acids your body needs to heal and nourish in a perfect environment. Its also sprouted and fermented so it’s kinder to sensitive digestive systems. See how much protein you need every day on The Healthy Chef Protein Calculator.
Pure Vanilla Bean
Pure and fragrant vanilla bean powder from Tahiti and Madagascar is organically grown, naturally cured and sun-dried then ground into the purest fragrant powder available. Vanilla helps relax the nervous system and reduce inflammation. It is rich in antioxidants and also enhance mental performance.
The highest known antioxidant food on the planet. Rich in Magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, riboflavin and essential micronutrients for health and vitality. The high flavenoid content of cacao has been scientifically linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Cacao contain theobromine that boost endorphins and increases mental alertness.
A Peruvian herb used to promote energy and stamina. Maca supports the immune system, adrenal and thyroid function and stabilizes hormone levels. It has antioxidant properties and is a wonderful herb to support the body during periods of stress. Maca is rich in zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamins C and E.
Cinnamon improves insulin’s efficiency, which helps regulate blood sugar levels. Cinnamon can also help boost brain activity.
330 g raw whole almonds or walnuts
60g Pure Native WPI or Organic Pea Protein
20 fresh dates, pitted
3 generous tablespoons of raw cacao or my Naked Chocolat (contains maca)
1 teaspoon natural vanilla paste
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch flaked sea salt
Coconut, Goji berry, Cacao, Nuts, Healthy Chef Matcha for rolling
Throw almonds into the food processor with cinnamon, protein powder, a little orange zest and naked chocolat then process until the mix looks crumbly.
Add dates, vanilla extract then process again until the mix starts to come together.
Add the juice of 1/2 orange if needed, 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.
Notes + Inspiration:
Add 1 tablespoon of Healthy Chef Organic Superfood
Blend 2 Power Balls with 1 cup of cold pressed almond milk or coconut water and frozen banana for the most delicious power packed smoothie.