I was looking for a quick snack just now and having looked through my cupboard and fridge came up with these – super quick and and easy to make. Whilst they are not free of sugar the dates and prunes are unrefined (try to get the best quality organic) and there is plenty of protein and good fats to help balance them out.
Date and almond protein balls
- 12 soft dates (remove stones)
- 3 soft prunes (remove stones)
- 200g ground almonds
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 7.5ml vanilla extract
- juice of 1 lemon
- 5ml ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of mixed seed butter (Carley’s is a nice one)
- dessicated coconut
What you do
Put the dates and prunes which you have chopped roughly into a food processor along with the lemon juice, vanilla extract, coconut oil, cinnamon and mixed seed butter. Pulse until the ingredients are mixed but not completely smooth. Gradually add the ground almonds until the mixture thickens and starts to form a ball.
The mixture will be sticky and moist.
Put dessicated coconut into a bowl.
Remove from the food processor and put into a bowl. Take a teaspoon and mould the mixture into bite size balls and then roll in the dessicated coconut until coated.
Place on a tray and put in the freezer until firm.
Put the balls into a lidded container and keep in the freezer.
Great for a sweet snack or after-gym protein hit.
- Use any kind of ground nut instead of almonds – I have used hazelnut, pistachios or cashews or a mix depending on what I have in the cupboard
- Add a scoop of unflavoured protein powder to increase protein
- I like to use dates as a base but you can use any other soft dried fruit instead of the prunes but always use ‘unsulphured’ and organic if possible.
- You could use the juice of an orange instead of lemon
- Add a tablespoon of cacao powder if you want a chocolately version