These super healthy ‘choc almond & seed protein balls’ are just what you need to beat those afternoon munchies. These balls are packed with protein, which is not only essential for repairing and rejuvenating the body, but is also one of the best ways to stop sugar cravings in their tracks. These little beauties are also rich in fibre for good bowel health. The dates will have you as regular as clockwork. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are both excellent sources of zinc, which is an important mineral for reproductive health for males and females, as well as helping support healthy immune function. Almonds are full of bone strengthening calcium and heart healthy fats. I like to use Sunwarrior fermented brown rice protein powder as it is an excellent source of quality protein, which is easy to digest, and dairy-free so it won’t cause any bloating or wind, which is commonly associated with whey based powders. It is also packed with B vitamins and other health promoting nutrients. I made these protein balls for my little girls lunch box this week. Children need plenty of protein in their diets for optimal growth and development. If your child goes to a ‘nut-free’ school you can replace the almond butter with tahini, and the almond meal with sesame seeds.
40 dates (sulfur-free)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 Tablespoons cold pressed coconut oil
2 Tablespoons almond butter
5 Tablespoons of chocolate Sunwarrior brown rice protein powder
Almond meal or sesame seeds to roll balls in
Soak dates in warm water for 5 minutes.
Add all dry ingredients to your food processor and pulse until well combined, then pour into a small bowl.
Add dates, coconut oil, almond butter to food processor and blend well.
Pour dry mixture back into food processor and blend well with date mixture.
Make individual balls with mixture and then roll in either almond meal or sesame seeds. Store in the fridge in an air tight container.
Makes a dozen medium sized balls.