We borrowed the recipe for these little healthy snacks from our friend Dr Michelle from Vitality, Middle Park. These yummy protein bliss balls are similar to the many power bars you can buy from health food stores. They mainly consist of nuts and seeds, but are super sweet from the binding date mixture. Of course all snacks can be made better with chocolate. The addition of cocao powder turns these protein bliss balls into a healthy nibble that tastes so good that you can fantasise about how naughty your being just by eating one.
What’s in protein bliss balls?
- 3 cups of raw nuts. Depends what you have in the cupboard. We normally use, almonds, brazils, macadamias or cashews.
- 3/4 cup pepitas
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup chia seeds.
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 3 heaped tablespoons mesquite powder
- 10 medjool dates. Or 1 cup pitted dried dates soaked in a small amount hot water. (drain liquid before adding to blender.)
- 1/4 cup goji’s
- 1/3 cup coconut oil (as a liquid)
- desiccated coconut
What tools will I need…?
- mixing bowl
- food processor or blender
- fridge or freezer
How do I build them…?
- First the nuts need to be broken down into small pieces and then put aside. We don’t have a food processor so have tried two other methods to do this.
- Using a blender such as a Blendtec or Vitamix. This works pretty good. Just put enough nuts in to cover the blades, breaking the nuts up in small batches. If you try to blend all in one go you will end up with some nut butter around the blades and a load of unbroken nuts on top.
- The stick mixer can also be used to break up the nuts. As with the blender you will have to break up a very small amount of nuts with each blend. It may be easier just to put the nuts into a back and run over a few times with the car.
- Add the sunflower seeds, pepitas and cocao powder in to the blender and pulse to break down and mix. Combine these with the nuts.
- Blend the dates and gojis. Add to the nuts and seeds mixture combining thoroughly.
- Add in the mesquite powder, chia seeds and melted coconut oil and mix some more.
- Create little balls from the mixture. If the consistency is to wet add some more nuts. To dry, add a splash of water.
- Roll the balls in desiccated coconut to make them a little prettier.
- Store the protein bliss balls in an airtight container. We find that these little healthy snacks are lovely stored in the freezer. They become super cold and firm and you can just pop one into your mouth for a sweet pick me up.
by Tim Morrison
Healthy Snacks Chef