On the weekend I was doing some experimenting in the kitchen with my daughter, and we came up with these really yummy, and totally healthy, protein balls. They were so quick and easy to whip up, and my daughter and her friend had loads of fun rolling them all in coconut and being my chief taste testers. A good tip, make a double batch because they won’t last long.
These protein balls make the perfect healthy snack for work, or to keep in your bag when you’re out and about, or as a nutritious treat for your kids. If you replace the ABC nut butter with tahini (sesame seed paste), these balls will then be nut-free and ideal to put in your kids school lunch boxes. These protein balls are an excellent source of good quality protein, using a raw fermented brown rice protein powder, along with protein-rich nuts and seeds. These balls also provide plenty of fibre, found in dates and chia seeds, for good digestive health and to keep you regular. The nuts and seeds used will also supply you with zinc for a healthy functioning immune system, calcium for strong bones, and magnesium to help calm the nervous system and help you sleep. Chia seeds are also one of the best natural plant sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids, needed for optimal brain function and heart and nervous system health.
Having healthy protein-rich snacks, like these balls, on hand is one of the best ways to curb sugar cravings, as protein helps to keep blood sugar levels nice and balanced. Protein is important to supply the body with amino acids to build and repair the body. Protein also makes you feel satisfied for longer, so you’re not feeling hungry again soon
30 dates (sulfur-free)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup chia seed meal
1/2 cup desiccated coconut (plus extra coconut to roll balls in)
2 Tablespoons cold pressed coconut oil
1/4 cup ABC (almond, brazil and cashew) butter
3 Tablespoons Sunwarrior vanilla brown rice protein powder
In a medium bowl place dates and cover with hot water and leave for 10 minutes.
Put sunflower and chia seeds, desiccated coconut and protein powder in a food processor and blend. Pour into a large bowl.
Drain the water from dates and then place dates into food processor. Add ABC butter and coconut oil to food processor and then blend. Add date mixture to large bowl with dry seed mixture and then with clean hands mix together well.
Cover a small plate with desiccated coconut. Make individual balls with mixture and then roll in coconut. Place in the fridge for an hour and then enjoy. Store them in the fridge in an air tight container.
Makes 15 balls.