There are plenty of protein recipes around the internet; concoctions producing brownies, sludge, shakes and even cakes – but in reality; a number of them are bland; produce poor quantities and are relatively expensive. Many involve high amounts of sugar to extract any flavor; which contribute to spikes in our insulin levels and unless burnt off, translates to excess fat storage.
Providing you with an excellent boost in energy and macronutrient balance, these delicious protein balls can be altered to cater to those with a gluten intolerance or even vegans! And for those with allergens to any of the ingredients (such as nuts or coconut), simple alternatives are available so you can enjoy these too!
Chia Seeds provide a number of health benefits such as blood sugar regulation through their high profiles of Omega 3, Fiber, Antioxidants and Minerals
4 scoops whey protein powder (any flavour, unsweetened/unflavoured is fine!)
3 cups dates (sultanas are fine)
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 and 1/2 cup almonds (these will spike your fat levels, and increase the thickness of the mix; so if you’re trying to keep fats low and maintain moisture; take a miss on almonds!)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup warm water
2/3 cup shaved coconut/sesame seeds/poppy seeds/chia seeds (you’re choice!)
1 tablespoon of honey
Combine dates, water, honey and almonds in a food processor; and blend (the water adds moisture to the protein balls, and as well all know; water has plenty of healthy benefits)
Place in a small bowl adding chocolate chips and cocoa powder, folding the mixture with a spatula – if it seems dry; add more water (this is important to maintain moisture; however, don’t make them too wet!)
Spread your choice of coconut shavings or seeds across a board; roll the mixture into small balls and coat them accordingly
Nutritional Information (based upon 30 balls, 1 serving = 1 ball)
Calories – 120
Total fat – 5g
Sodium – 50mg
Total carbohydrates – 16g
Fiber – 2g
Sugar – 11g
Protein – 5g
These work as an ideal post-workout snack; or any snack for that matter – they’re an excellent way to settle those afternoon treat cravings! They can be preserved in a fridge or even frozen for up to 2 months.
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