These little snacks are packed with nutrients and healthy fats, as well as being high in protein and fibre.
They give a great boost of energy and keep you full until your next meal.
Perfect to have alongside your mid morning coffee or afternoon tea, after a workout or as a treat in the evening when you get those sweet cravings. Not only that but they are portable so are an easy on-the-go snack!
So why are they so good? Protein balls are made with whole foods and super foods so are full of nutrients such as calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium. They contain a high level of protein which is important in building and maintaining muscles and bones and high in fibre to keep you full for longer.
Depending on the ingredients you use each ball will contain around 100 - 200 calories which makes them an excellent source of energy as well as being an aid in weight control.
You can adapt them so easily as well to fit in with your dietary and health requirements. This recipe contains flaxseed which adds omega oils and açai powder which boasts a high number of antioxidants to support healthy skin, a healthy heart and digestive health. A real superfood! This recipe is dairy-free and can be made gluten-free.
Makes around 24 balls
300g pitted dates
3/4 cup oats
3 heaped dessert spoons almond butter
1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder (approx 20g)
1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp açai powder
1 tsp flaxseed
Squeeze of agave or maple syrup
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blitz until mixed. Easy!
Use a tablespoon to scoop out mixture and roll into balls.
Keep in the fridge and snack away!
The mixture should stick together and hold without sticking to fingers. You can adjust this by varying the amount of oats or agave syrup. Notes
We use Gold Standard 100% Plant protein powder which comes in various yummy flavours. If you don’t want to use protein powder you can add another tablespoon of cocoa powder for the same consistency.
You can also leave out or substitute açai powder if you don’t have this. Blueberries, cranberries, pecans, pistachios, cinnamon and dark chocolate are foods high in antioxidants.