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Protein and Energy Balls

Category: food

Whether they’re for brekkie on-the-run, kids party food, or a healthy after school snack (that tastes like a treat), these gluten-free protein and energy balls are bound to be your saviour. Packed with nutrients and the all-important protein that keeps us fuller for longer, they’re a powerhouse snack that packs an indulgent punch. Perhaps you could even swap your dessert for a bliss ball and a cup of tea?

 

Method

1. For the almond butter energy balls: Drain the dates and place in a food processor. Blend on high until the dates form a thick dough-like mixture.

2. Add the almond butter, pistachio, honey, coconut oil, coconut flour, and protein powder. Pulse until thoroughly combined.

3. Take tablespoons of the mixture and roll into balls using your hands. Place the white and black chia seeds in separate shallow bowls or dishes before rolling the balls in them to coat.

4. Arrange the balls on a tray, cover, and chill for 30 minutes before serving.

5. For the date and cacao energy balls: Drain the dates and add to a clean processor along with the remaining ingredients. Blend on high until thoroughly combined into a sticky dough.

6. Take tablespoons of the mixture and roll into balls using your hands. Dust with a little cacao powder before arranging on a tray. Cover and chill for 30 minutes before serving.
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  • Serves: 8 (24 Balls)
  • Time needed: 50 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy


Ingredients

  • 300 g | 1 1/3 cups dried dates, pitted, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes
  • 120 g | 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 40 g | 1/3 cup shelled pistachios
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp protein powder, plain or vanilla
  • 60 g | 1/2 cup white chia seeds
  • 60 g | 1/2 cup black chia seeds
  • 150 g | 1 1/3 cups dried dates, pitted, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes
  • 60 g | 1/2 cup peanut butter, smooth
  • 40 g | 1/3 cup raw cacao powder, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey

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