My poor blog. It has felt very neglected the past few weeks during my exam period and I honestly feel bad for my absence. However moving forward exams are over and holidays have begun! The past few weeks have been hell. I rarely got more then 4 hours sleep a night and on several occasions no sleep. My fatigued little fingers could not type fast enough, trying to get through 4 take home exams over a sadistically short period of time. During study breaks I would quickly scroll through my favourite food blogs, keeping a mental list of things to cook once my holidays begin. And finally... holidays are here!
Lets just say I have very excited to to get back in the kitchen and continuing my exploration of healthy yet yummy foods. Today I started with something simple yet something that will become a staple in our house. Protein balls! These help solve the dilemma of getting protein into your mid-morning snack. They contain a good combination of fat, protein and carbs helping you power through until lunch. William loved them and thought they were a great alternative to his normal morning snack of fruit.
Because they contain protein powder they need to be stored in the freezer to preserve the protein, however they are completely edible straight from the freezer as they stay soft! If you want to pack these in your bag as a transportable snack that's fine as they are still perfectly edible after being out at room temperature for a few hours too.
Chocolate Protein Balls
Makes 15+, depending on size
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup low carb protein powder of choice
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup dates, pitted, and left to soak in boiling water for at least 30min
1/2 cup cashews/almonds/brazil nuts/pecans
1 tsp espresso powder dissolved in 2 tbsp boiling water
10 drops liquid vanilla stevia (or just use regular stevia)
1. In a food processor add your nuts of choice and pulse for 10-20 seconds, until they resemble course crumbs. Drain the dates and add them to the food processor with the espresso shot, and blitz on high until they resemble a thick puree.
2. Add the stevia, coconut flour, protein powder and almond meal. Pulse until all ingredients are fully incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as required. You want the dough to be hold together but not too sticky, so add more water if the dough appears too dry but add it in very small amounts.
3. Once combined, take a large spoonful of the mixture from the food processor and roll it between the palms of your hands until it forms a symmetrical ball. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Store balls in an airtight container in the freezer for a handy and satisfying snack :)