I’ve only made these a couple of times but they’re a great little protein snack if you’re out and about and need a protein boost. They’re also super convenient if you’re a morning gym person (defo not me, but I’m trying) and need to grab something to give you an energy boost pre workout. Make these the night before and they can be left in the fridge for up to a week and are great to help with sugar cravings.
In all honesty I didn’t properly measure how much of each ingredient I used, but I made a small batch of 6 protein balls, if you want to make more just double the amount below. (Be careful about doubling up the syrups/honey as overdoing it will increase your recommended sugar intake).
• A cup of pitted dates
• Maple syrup (or agave syrup or honey) 1 tablespoon
• 1 ½ cups of rolled oats
• Whey protein powder (optional) 2 tablespoons
• Cocoa powder 1 tablespoons
• Crunchy peanut butter 2 tablespoons
• Desiccated coconut for topping (optional)
–Use a food processor to blend up the dates so they stick together. The first time I made these I didn’t use a processor but cut them into small pieces and used my hands to mix them (pretty tedious without a food processor).
–Place the rest of the ingredients in the processor until everything is combined.
–Combine the mixture into small balls and roll into the coconut to top.
–Eat them soft straightaway or place in the fridge to harden and snack on all week. Enjoy!
Energy balls are so versatile as well as you can put anything from dried and raw fruit to a variety of nuts and seeds!