Every now and then we need a snack and unfortunately, many of the snacks available aren't that great for our health. I started making my own protein balls for a couple of reasons - to save money and to improve the quality of the ingredients I was eating.
You can play around with this recipe as much as you like - mix it up with different nuts, grains, flavours!
I try not to add too much honey - although these are a bit of a sweet treat, keep in mind the overall goal to not consume too much sugar - 1 tbsp between 8 or more balls isn't too bad. If you want to make it sweeter, perhaps consider a natural sweetener such as stevia, sukrin or xylitol. However, the best way to get used to less sugar in the diet is by reducing sweet foods.
1 tbsp cacao powder (raw cocoa - or cocoa powder if no cacao available)
- 1 tbsp nut butter (Organic if you can - cashew, almond, peanut, hazelnut, mixed nut)
- 1 tbsp of protein powder (Vital Protein, Whey Protein - flavoured or natural
- 1 tbsp of ground flax seeds or shredded desiccated coconut
- 1-2 tbsp of chopped nuts/seeds or grains such as rolled oats
- 1 tbsp of Manuka honey
- instead of cacao go vanilla with some vanilla extract
- use some chopped dried fruit or cacao nibs
- try other superfood powders such as lucuma powder, maca powder, macha green tea,
- coat with sesame seeds or chia seeds (the coating helps to absorb any nut oils which might be on the outside of the ball)
- use tahini instead of nut butter
Mix the ingredients together until blended - use your hands if you find it easier to blend - don't forget to wash hands first and take of any rings. Separate into equal portions and roll into balls. Then coat in a little extra Coconut.
Chill the balls until ready to eat. These are fine out of the fridge for a day or two if you want to take a couple with you to work. They will keep in the fridge for a week or two (they rarely last that long) and can also be frozen.