AUTHOR Institute of Health Sciences
DIFFICULTY Beginner

 

Protein balls are my go-to for that mid-morning/mid-afternoon hunger pang. Great to have in the handbag when out and about. They are also awesome to have on hand for a sweet treat with your tea or coffee rather than reaching for those chockie bickies that aren’t so good for us. These guys can be made in batches ahead of time and frozen, so you can just grab them as you need them. Fantastic for the kid's lunch boxes too.

 

YIELDS 15 Servings
PREP TIME 5 mins
COOK TIME 15 mins

 

 

INGREDIENTS
Orange Power balls
 1 cup dried figs
 50 g raw cacao, grated or powdered
 5 dates
 ½ cup ground flax seeds or almonds
 The peeled rind of 1 orange (or more to make it zestier)
 ½ cup raisins soaked in fresh orange juice
Chocolate Raspberry Power balls
 100 g walnuts
 100 g hazelnuts
 20 g ground almonds
 40 g raw cacao, grated or powdered
 50 ml maple syrup
 10 soft/soaked dates
 1 tsp vanilla extract
 Tub of raspberries
Superfood Power balls
 1 cup nut butter (almond/peanut)
 ½ cup up to 1 cup agave syrup (to taste/bind)
 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
 1 cup porridge oats
 2 cups any ‘super foods’, for example, chia seeds, ground hemp, goji berries, raw cacao nibs, and mulberries
 A little desiccated coconut to roll them in (or sesame seeds)

 

 

DIRECTIONS
Orange Power balls
1

Blend all the ingredients in a food processor.

2

Roll into individual small balls and coat with sesame seeds or dark cocoa powder/raw cacao if you like them richer

Chocolate Raspberry Power balls
3

Blend the nuts, cacao, and salt in a blender until smooth.

4

Add the dates, maple syrup, and vanilla and process again until well mixed.

5

Roll the mixture into small balls and press your thumb into them to make an indent in each. You may need to wet your hands to handle the mixture without it sticking to you.

6

Place a fresh raspberry on each treat in the indent.

Superfood Power balls
7

Mix the nut butter and ½ cup agave syrup with a spoon.

8

Add the rest of the ingredients, except the coconut, and mix. You may need to add a little water or more agave syrup to get the mixture to the right consistency to stick together and taste good.

9

Taking small amounts of mixture, roll into little balls and coat each one in coconut or sesame seeds.

 

 

Additional Notes on Storage/Variations:

These are some ideas for treats that can add extra nutritional value to your diet when eaten in moderation. They can replace some of the treats you might normally crave which are higher in sugar or saturated fat. The quality and freshness of ingredients are important to ensure optimum nutritional benefits. These foods can help supplement your diet with valuable vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and other nutrients, all in a natural plant food form. As they are made and eaten raw, none of the nutrients will be destroyed by cooking. The combination of essential fats, protein, and carbohydrate in them can give you energy while not upsetting blood sugar balance