Protein Balls are a perfect snack if you’re competing in the RideLondon or in a marathon this summer. Here is a quick recipe to whip up and take some energy snacks loaded with nutrients, and free from refined sugars. I have used a pea protein in these, but you could use what ever protein powder you have on hand to make your protein balls.
Vanilla Protein Balls Recipe
2 cups sunflower seeds*
3 Tbsp vital vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup gojiberries
2 Tbsp nut butter
2 1/2 Tbsp raw coconut oil
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Place first three ingredients in a food processor, blitz until starting to come together, then add in the remaining three ingredients and process until you have a soft mixture that forms into a ball when pressed together. Finally roll into balls, and store in fridge
Makes 8-10 (depending on size)
*I used activated crispy sunflower seeds.
Chocolate Protein Balls
5 pitted medjool dates
3 Tbsp Vital Vanilla Protein powder
2 cups walnuts
1/4 cup cacao powder
2 Tbsp raw coconut oil
Place first three ingredients in the food processor. Process until the mixture starts to come together, then add in the cacao and coconut oil. Process until you have a soft mixture, adding in a little more coconut oil if necessary. Finally roll into balls. Store in the fridge.
Makes 8-10 (depending on size)
Pumpkin Seed and Apricot Snack Bites – With a month focused on making changes, whether it be cutting out sugar, or increasing your intake of vegetables, this is a fantastic recipe to make one of those healthy changes. There are a couple of versions, both of which are refined sugar free, I often make these on a weekend and pop in the fridge or freezer to have at hand during the week when you need a snack between meals, or while making dinner. Also great addition for lunch boxes (with a nut free option too).
These Snack bites are absolutely delicious. I frequently have a couple of these with a cup of tea for morning and afternoon tea. Also great to have while making dinner, especially when you are really hungry and are looking to eat anything in sight.
If you are following January as a month free of refined sugars, this is also a great recipe to use. You can use the option with no added raw honey. Both versions are delicious.
300gm pumpkin seeds
150gm dried apricots (organic, not the orange ones with sulphites added)
100gm rolled oats
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 Tbsp coconut oil
4 1/2 Tbsp filtered water
Alternative – Add in the following –
60 gm your favourite nut butter (I used roast almond buter or my ABC nut butter)
1 heaped dessert spoon raw honey (I love the goodness of raw honey, but you can use coconut nectar, date syrup or maple sryup too).
Place pumpkin seeds, apricots in a food processor. Process until you get a fine crumb. Add in the oats and ground cinnamon. Process briefly. Add in the remaining ingredients and process until well combined. Roll into balls, or into a log shape. Store in a container in the fridge or freezer (I have loved eating mine straight from the freezer lately).
A note about our energy snack bites/balls that we make –
Why do we use water and coconut oil in most of our energy balls? Coconut oil is a fantastic source of good fat, adding in a little of this to your energy balls ensures you have a good satiety and you are getting good fats in your diet. Water helps to combine the energy ball and enable it to come together. A lot of the energy balls on the market have a much higher content of dried fruit, which while it is good for you, it is still a source of sugar, by using water you do not need large amounts of dried fruit. Please do comment below if you have any questions around this.
Smashed pea and avocado, green goodness on a plate
This recipe is a favourite of mine and great to use for dinner parties, or alongside your favourite vegan or meat main. It goes well with falafel, lamb and salmon, but we love it with a Roasted Cauliflower Steak. Or you can have it by itself. Enjoy.
1 & 1/2 cup peas
Large handful of baby spinach leaves
½ Large ripe avocado
Few leaves of fresh basil
4-5 leaves of fresh mint
1 & 1/2 tbsp. of olive oil
Salt and Cracked Pepper
Steam peas until hot and just cooked.
Place your peas and the remaining ingredients into the food processor. Blitz until you reach your desired consistency.