Here is one from the archives! My cousin sent me a message this evening asking for this recipe as I no longer have them up on the blog (I realised that while I LOVE cooking, I’m not a chef and recipe writing is absolutely not my strength… I’m more a throw everything in and see what happens kinda girl!) – so I thought I would dig it out to share again 🙂 I no longer consume dairy – not even whey protein, so would be interested to recreate these using a vegan substitute. Alternatively, you could leave it out completely. Now on to the recipe…
This little gem is a perfect balance of nutritional goodness and sweet tooth satisfaction. Please note that this recipe is not NUT or DAIRY free, so if those cause a problem for you, you may need to omit or substitute.
COCONUT AND CACAO PROTEIN BALLS (makes approximately 30 balls)
- 250g almonds
- 12 medjool dates, pitted
- 2 young green coconuts, water drained, flesh scooped out
- 75g raw cacao powder
- 75g natural whey protein powder (you could use rice or pea but it will taste different)
- 1 heaped tbsp coconut oil
- desiccated coconut for rolling
Please note, I use a Thermomix to make my protein balls, but you could follow the same steps in a high powered food processor (not blender) and achieve the same results.
- Place almonds into Thermomix or food processor bowl. Grind for 3 seconds on speed 8 until finely crushed, but not too finely powdered. Set aside.
- Place dates and coconut flesh into bowl. Process for 5-10 seconds on speed 8 until a paste is created. This may still be a little chunky, which is ok as you will process it again.
- Add protein powder, cacao and coconut oil to the date and coconut mixture. Process for 5 seconds on speed 6, using the spatula to mix completely.
- Add the ground almonds and process again for 10 seconds on speed 8.
- Transfer mixture to a bowl and place in the fridge to chill for about 1 hour (if it is a particularly hot day or you really want them quickly you could pop the bowl in the freezer).
- Place desiccated coconut into a bowl for rolling.
- Once the mix has become a little more firm, remove it from the fridge and set it up on your bench next to the desiccated coconut and a spare plate or container.
- To roll the balls, take heaped teaspoon amounts of the mix and roll it between clean hands (quite quickly so it doesn’t melt) to form a ball shape. Then roll this in the coconut and place on the plate.
- Repeat until the mixture is finished.
- Store balls in an airtight container in the fridge. They should last up to 2 weeks, however I’m sure they will be devoured before then!
NOTE: These are a great pre or post work-out snack, afternoon pick me up or even breakfast if you didn’t have time for anything else… yes… chocolate for breakfast 🙂