By EP Dietetics
10:36am, Thursday 9 June 2016
A high protein snack
CHOCOLATE + ALMOND ENERGY BALLS
Energy balls can be a conveinient snack, but are also known for being energy dense due to ingredients such as protein powders, dried fruit and nuts. These have been made without protein powder, but you could add a neutral flavoured powder if you wish to increase the protein content more. Keep the size small when rolling. Remember these are meant as a snack- so practice portion control- one will do! Once refridgerated these can keep for a couple of weeks. Makes around 25-30 balls.
300g raw almonds
20 dried dates
3 Tbsp raw cacao (you could use cocoa!)
1 tsp vanilla paste
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Place dates in a small heatproof bowl, cover with boiling water and leave to soften for 5-10 minutes.
Drain and pit dates.
In a food processor, combine the almonds, cacao, cinnamon and zest of 1/4 orange until mixture is crumbly.
Add pitted dates and vanilla, combine for a few minutes until the mixture comes together to form a soft ball. Add some orange juice if mix doesn't come together.
Take 2 tsp of mixture at a time and roll in a ball shape. Roll in extra coconut or crushed nuts (optional).
Refridgerate energy balls.
Eat and enjoy as a snack!
Updated 10:44am, Thursday 9 June 2016