Well, this is a first for Love Swah. A healthy recipe. That’s raw. And gluten and dairy free. No, I haven’t gone mad! Would you believe when I am not baking up and sampling delicious chocolate pavlovas or triple salted caramel cupcakes, I am actually quite healthy?
I have been wanting to create my own protein balls/bliss balls/amazeballs for a while now and was inspired by this great recipe from my friend Nadia. I usually work out once in the mornings and once at lunch time, and a little ball of energy is the perfect pre or post snack. I played around with flavour combinations and ingredients and settled on this Cashew and Coconut recipe, and it tastes absolutely amazing (no, really it does – I couldn’t stop snacking on these!) I have also created a chocolate & peanut butter protein ball which I will post next week!
My main problem with existing protein ball recipes is that they either have almonds (allergic) or fancy and overpriced ingredients from the health food store. I don’t have the likes of agave nectar, coconut oil, organic raw cocoa or bee pollen hanging around in my cupboard. So I tried to use easy-to-find ingredients you can purchase at your local supermarket. (I happened to have chia seeds at home, feel free to omit but you can now buy these at Coles and Woolworths).
I like my snacks to be around the 100-150 calorie mark and this recipe makes 12 balls which works out to be 140 calories each.
- 1 cup cashews
- 2 tbsp protein powder (I used vanilla soy protein which is dairy-free)
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp honey
- 10-12 pitted dates
- Place cashews in your food processor and blend into fine crumbs.
- Add in protein powder, coconut and chia seeds and process until combined.
- Combine honey and dates in your processor and blend until it can form a soft ball.
- If the mixture still remains crumbly, add a teaspoon of water at a time until it comes together.
- For easy portioning, use an icecream scoop to create 6 large balls, then halve each and roll into 12 little balls.
- I store mine in zip locks bags in groups of 4, putting half in the freezer and keeping half in the fridge.
Feel free to tailor this recipe to your own tastes – mix up the nuts, try chocolate protein powder, add a teaspoon of vanilla or perhaps a sprinkle of cinnamon.