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)

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