Recipe: Supercharged Protein Balls

Recipe: Supercharged Protein Balls
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I know, these sound a bit rude, don’t they? Well, park the smut at the door and get ready to roll. Literally roll. The balls won’t form themselves, after all.

I got heavily into Bounce balls recently. You know, those weighty little rounds of goodness. I liked the vegan one with spirulina, mainly because I got about 10 of them reduced in Waitrose to 75p. Never been able to find the buggers since, and their non-vegan counterparts seem to retail at £2 a pop. £2! So, I studied the ingredients list and thought, I can have a go at that.

Now, I don’t have specifics in terms of calories, protein and carb values – you’ll have to use your judgement. They’re not fat free, because they contain nuts and seeds. However, they are low in saturated fat with absolutely no hidden nasties. Sugar…mmm, maybe higher than lettuce because we’ve got dates and date syrup in there, but come on – still way better than a Mars bar.

I’ve added some protein powder into mine, PhD Nutrition Diet Whey in Vanilla is my jam. If you want to follow my lead, you’ll also get the perks of CLA, L-Carnitine and Green Tea extract.

Oh, er, while I’m here… I’m shortlisted in the Health Blogger Awards in the Healthy Eating Blogger of the Year category! I would absolutely love a quick vote if you have time, at this link. It’s super quick and easy – about three clicks from start to finish. Voting closes on 29th September which is only two days away! So, if you haven’t already, please give me a vote and I will love you for always.

Back to the good stuff, here’s my recipe! I’d love to know what you think, so please leave me comment if you try them out.

 

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Supercharged Chocolate Mint Protein Balls
These lovely little balls pack a superfood punch, high in protein and bursting with energy. They require absolutely no cooking in the oven either, as they set in the fridge. You can mix and match the ingredients and flavourings as you wish, just make sure you get the wet / dry ratio right so that the balls form properly and don't crumble. I opted for peppermint as a flavouring, but you could also use orange essence or even coffee - a half cup of chilled espresso will do the job beautifully (just omit the additional liquid or they'll go all sloppy java Joe on your bad ass).
Supercharged protein balls in fridge
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0
Passive Time 4-5 hours in fridge to set
Servings
balls
Ingredients
  • 100 grams rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons fruit syrup I used date syrup here but you could use honey, agave nectar, or even melted coconut oil.
  • 2 tablespoons seeds I used a mix of flax, sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 100 grams chopped dates
  • 1 scoop whey protein powder Chocolate or vanilla based flavours work best here
  • 2-3 drops peppermint extract
  • 2 tablespoons water or almond milk (anything liquidy)
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0
Passive Time 4-5 hours in fridge to set
Servings
balls
Ingredients
  • 100 grams rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons fruit syrup I used date syrup here but you could use honey, agave nectar, or even melted coconut oil.
  • 2 tablespoons seeds I used a mix of flax, sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 100 grams chopped dates
  • 1 scoop whey protein powder Chocolate or vanilla based flavours work best here
  • 2-3 drops peppermint extract
  • 2 tablespoons water or almond milk (anything liquidy)
Supercharged protein balls in fridge
Instructions
  1. How easy can this be? Mix all of the dry ingredients together (you might want to give the chopped dates a quick blitzeroo first, but I don't mind a chunky bit).
  2. Add the syrup, fruit nectar, or whatever binding agent you've plumped for, mix, and then add the water or milk. You may need to add slightly more liquid: you basically want to make sure that the mixture holds together without being either too crumbly or gloopy.
  3. Make sure your hands are clean and cold, and spoon a dollop of the mixture onto your fingers. Quickly roll into a small ball, about 5cm in diameter.
  4. Drop onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof parchment. They need to refrigerate to set, and then they're best kept in the fridge so that they don't melt. Either wrap each each ball in cling film, or place in a food container with a sheet of parchment between each layer.
  5. Eat straight from the fridge as a pre or post workout snack, or just a little booster if you're peckish between meals.
Recipe Notes

Fancy a bit more nut in your bite? Crush some brazils, walnuts, pistachios, almonds or pecans and sling them into the mix. You could also roll each ball in a dish of desiccated coconut. See, options everywhere!

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