Raw Cacao Protein Balls
I have been asked many times for my recipe for my protein balls so thought it may be an opportunity to actually write it up. Basically, the rule of protein balls is, well, there are no rules. You can get creative and add what you like. Mix it up to cater to your individual tastes. Just be sure to keep the ingredients clean and healthy.
1 handful of dates, chopped
1 handful dried apricots, chopped
1 handful mixed dried seeds and nuts – I like to use pepitas, sunflower seeds, almonds and cashews but add what you like
1 – 2 tbs coconut
1 tbs raw cacao powder
1 tbs honey (organic is preferred but whatever you use will be fine) or, alternatively any other natural sweetener of choice.
2 tbs organic coconut oil
extra coconut to roll.
The process could not be simpler. Simply add all the ingredient into a food processor and blitz for 60 seconds or until it reaches a consistency you are happy with. If you want the ingredients to be finer, blitz for a bit longer.
Then spoon mixture in a dessertspoon, or smaller if you prefer smaller pieces.
Wet your hands and roll each spoonful into balls
Coat with coconut or crushed nuts whatever you prefer.
Store in the fridge and eat as a snack. Particularly great for the mid-afternoon energy slump or sugar craving.
I use LovingEarth organic Cacao powder.
Not only is it organic, it is fairly traded from Satipo in the Peruvian Amazon!
Did you know:
Cacao is packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants?
Cacao is often referred to as a “Superfood” and for good reason. It contains a higher amount of antioxidants than blueberries, which are known to be great for our health. Antioxidants are essential for good health. They help to absorb free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals can cause cell damage which long term, causes disease, illness and early ageing.
Cacao also contains a high amount of Magnesium. Magnesium is one of the most common Nutrient deficiencies in the Western world and it is this deficiency which can contribute to a range of health issues. It is also common in those with mental illness – perhaps a reason why there is a higher incidence of diagnosed depression these days. Magnesium is essential for heart health, energy and brain function. Chocolate cravings commonly indicate that there is a magnesium deficiency present.