Date and coconut energy balls

protein ballsThese little balls are so simple to make (I would say approx 5 minutes), and pack a real punch in terms of nutrients and energy.

Rich in healthy fats (especially omega 3s from the pumpkin seeds) as well as fibre, some protein and lots of minerals, what is there not to love?!

They make great snacks, lunchbox fillers, pre and post workout treats as well as just a lovely little extra to enjoy instead of reaching for a chocolate or a biscuit which will give you equal or more calories but without all of the other nutritional benefits that these little gems can offer.

Feel free to experiment, use different seeds, nut/seed butters and the dates can easily be substituted for other dried fruit (just make sure the dried fruit, if tough, has soaked in water a little to be soft and juicy enough to bind the balls together.

I like to roll mine in raw cacao powder but you could use normal dark chocolate coco or opt for something different such as desiccated coconut, sesame seeds or even chia seeds, powdered pumpkin seeds or crushed cacao nibs.

This makes 10 balls.

Simply blitz together:

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (blitz these to a powder before adding in the rest of the ingredients)

1/4 cup dessicated coconut

8-10 soft medjool dates (the juicy ones)

1 tbsp nut butter (I like almond)

1/2 tsp maple syrup (optional)

very small pinch of salt (unless the nut or seed butter you are using already has salt added, in which case you don’t need salt)

 

Toppings: raw cacao powder | desiccated coconut | sesame seeds | powdered pumpkin seeds | chia seeds | crushed cacao nibs

 

Blitz all of the ingredients together and you will have a ‘damp sand’ in your mixer which can be then rolled into balls, ready for coating.  Balls should be the size of a lychee or large grape.

Roll them in whatever you have chosen as a coating and pop in the fridge in an airtight container.

They will last for a couple of weeks like this.

Have fun!

 

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