Hold-up a cotton-picking minute! Let me share with you my cheeky, cheap and totally awesome protein balls; they are gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free and they’ll keep your energy levels cruising between meals.
I make my batches on Sunday and they keep in the fridge (if I don’t scoff them all), until Friday. They are way more economical than shop-bought ones and you can pretty-much add any ingredients that take your fancy.
I also like to roll/coat/cover mine in various toppings. Desiccated coconut is a good one so too is raw cacao powder (watch-out for choccy moustache though) and crushed pistachios are a little bit lush too.
I always add nuts to my recipe as they will help to keep the GI down this preventing the pesky sugar spike. It’s all about keeping blood sugar levels, well, level.
I keep a stash in my bag if I’m going out for the day (as I tend to get very hungry, especially in the chilly weather). They are easy to snack on and they taste beautiful!
Pitaya, Cashew & Rose Bliss
You will need: 🌸 200g pitted dates, 200g cashews, 1 tablespoon of pitaya powder & a few drops or rose water. Blend until almost smooth and add a tiny bit of water if needed to loosen the mixture (if it gets stuck in your food processor).
A good size is roughly 40g, simply roll and cover. Pop in the fridge for 1 hour before devouring – they will keep for 5 days in an air-tight container (in the fridge).
Rose petals optional. Happy munching!
Date, Cacao & Cashew Bliss
I keep a stash in my fridge and help myself to one any time I feel a bit peckish. I have a very sweet tooth so they are the perfect snack/treat/mid-meal energiser to keep me nourished and re-fuelled.
You will need: 1 cup cashews, 1 cup dates, 1 tbsp raw cacao powder, 1 tbsp pitaya powder, 1 tbsp water.
Raw Cacao, Date & Oat Bliss
Fuel your body with these marvellous little bites of raw, energy-boosting goodness. Simply whizz together a handful each of walnuts and dates and roll in desiccated coconut. I also like to sprinkle with chopped pistachios or raw cacao powder. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge and enjoy whenever the mood takes you. They are the perfect balance of protein and fibre and the sticky, sugary loveliness of the dates satiates any sugar-craving (I should know).
They also make a great post-exercise snack, replenishing the body and assisting muscle-recovery. I generally eat mine however any time of day as I know that each little bite is jam-packed full of healing, wholesome, nourishing ingredients.
If you like chocolate, you will LOVE my gluten and dairy-free energy balls. They are the perfect snack that will satisfy hunger at any time of the day!
They are totally divine and are made using only 5 ingredients. You will need a food processor; I’ve tried to combine the mixture in my blender but it doesn’t work very well.
You will need: 1 cup dates, 1 cup cashews, 3 tbsp coconut nectar and 1/4 cup gluten free oats & 1/4 cup raw cacao powder.
First, blend dates until broken down but not completely smooth (small chunks are ok). Add the cashews and blend again, follow by adding the coconut nectar and oats. You may need to add a few tbsp of water too as the mix might clog to the blade.
If the mixture is too wet, add more oats.
Weigh into 50g parts and roll in hands into balls. You can cover in more raw cacao, desiccated coconut is also a winner!
Chill, eat, enjoy!
Walnut, Apricot & Coconut Bliss
You will need; walnuts, medjooled dates, dried apricots, raw cacao powder and desiccated coconut.
Whack your walnuts, dates and dried apricots in a food processor and pulse until mixture holds together.
Roll into balls and coat in whatever takes your fancy. I like cacao powder and coconut. Chopped almonds and pistachios are also pretty special.
If you have a pop at making them, please let me know if you like them.
Find your bliss!