This recipe is a simplified version from my 80/20 cookbook that only takes five minutes to make. I normally make up a batch at the 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 balls are a great source of complete protein which contain all the essential amino acids needed for repair and to maintain a healthy immune system. They are also a good source of Vitamin E and contain minerals from the almonds and fresh dates. The cinnamon adds a lovely flavour and also helps stabilise blood sugar levels. If you can't have nuts, you could grind up some sunflower, pumpkin and linseeds instead in place of the almonds. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
300g raw whole almonds
60g vanilla protein powder
16 fresh dates, pitted
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon natural vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Coconut for rolling
Place the almonds into the food processor with the 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 the mixture is soft and forms a soft ball.
Roll into 14 decent sized balls. Roll in coconut and store in the fridge until you feel like a snack or quick meal on the run.
Store in the fridge for up to 4 weeks (if they last that long!).
- Protein : 8.2g
- Carbs : 7.6g
- Fat : 12g
- Kilojoules : 703
- Calories : 168