Protein balls

Jill Dupleix
Little balls of protein and energy made from pureed raw dates, nuts and seeds.
Little balls of protein and energy made from pureed raw dates, nuts and seeds. Photo: Edwina Pickles
Difficulty
Easy

Add a tablespoon of natural protein powder if you're in training mode. The more raw, unprocessed and organic the ingredients, the better.

Ingredients

100g chopped walnuts or cashews, lightly toasted

100g almonds, lightly toasted

2 tbsp linseed, sunflower seeds and/or pepitas

170g medjool dates, pitted and chopped

100g soft dried apricots or figs, chopped

100g prunes, pitted and chopped

1 tbsp tahini or peanut butter

2 tbsp raw cacao powder or cocoa powder

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

2 tbsp honey or agave syrup, Pinch of sea salt

100g desiccated coconut for coating

 

Method

1. Combine the walnuts, almonds and seeds in a food processor and whiz until fine crumbs. Add the dates, apricots and prunes and whiz until smooth. Add the tahini, cacao powder, cinnamon, honey and sea salt and whiz for two minutes or until the mixture starts to form into a ball.

2. Divide into golf ball-sized portions and roll into balls between lightly wet palms. Roll in coconut, and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Tip Freezing makes them deliciously firm and chewy.