Nutty and Nice Protein Balls: *makes 12-20
-food processor or blender
-small handful of cashews, walnuts, macadamian nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts (measuring is not necessary, just grab a handful!) *any nuts you have on hand can substitute
-1 tbsp of chia seeds
-1/4 cup of puffed rice
-1/2 cup of raisins
-4 dates (if using medjool dates, then separate the pits from flesh and chop finely, add later to dry ingredients as these are very sticky and will not blend well)
-1 tbsp of pea protein powder (or whatever protein powder you have/like)
-2 tsp of organic honey or agave nectar (use agave to make this recipe vegan)
-250g of peanut butter or any nut butter preferred (almond butter is nice)
-2 tbsp of protein powder in separate bowl for ball coating
Add all the nuts/seeds, puffed rice, raisins, dates (unless using medjool dates), 1 tbsp of protein powder, and chia seeds into a food processor or blender. Blender until just fine, but still slightly chunky (not all the ingredients will blend finely, which gives this recipe its texture, *see picture below).
Add blender ingredients into mixing bowl. Add the dates (if you used medjool dates), honey or agave nectar, and peanut/nut butter of choice, to the dry ingredients. Using washed and dried hands, combine the mixture until everything is incorporated. The mixture should be malleable, but not sticky (*see picture below).
Have the separated bowl of protein powder next to you. Shape the protein balls….into balls 🙂 and coat with extra protein powder (so they do not stick together, *see picture below).
Give the coated balls a little tap to shake off excess powder and place into a container. This recipe makes anywhere from 12 to 20 balls, depending on how big or small they are made. Refrigerate and your done!
I recently became a vegetarian and I noticed I was starting to crave protein. I made this recipe so that I could have a easy and convenient snack when I did get cravings, as well as, a quick energy boost before a workout. They are gluten-free, vegetarian, raw, and can be made vegan.
These Nutty and Nice Protein Balls are great for a quick snack, can be made with kids, are convenient, healthy, and taste great! Hope you enjoy this recipe. Thanks, and be aware and eat with care 🙂