This is a recipe for those who enjoy the benefits of a diet rich in nutritious and nourishing oils and fats and are less concerned with counting calories or low fat diets.
I’ve always thought of these balls as “protein balls” and they do contain some protein which is great for satiety and recovery, but it is the combination of healthy fats (essential fatty acids EFA’s) that make these a real powerhouse mini-meal and offer your body some very important health benefits.
Good fat is not something we should fear! Decades of misinformation around dietary fats have conditioned us to be uncomfortable with eating it. Well, I’m not afraid to be a lover-of-fat and promote the delicious benefits of these (protein) fat balls! We need it for the proper functioning of nearly all biological processes within our bodies and deficiencies can lead to many common health problems:
We are learning more about the links between EFA’s and cognitive function and how a diet rich in fats supports hormonal balance, promotes blood circulation and reduces inflammation in the body:
The combination of healthy fats, protein and carbohydrate in these balls means the fat will slow the digestion process which will avoid an insulin-spike that would otherwise occur by eating the carbohydrate and whey protein alone. This means a sustained release of energy which will keep your body and mind buzzing for longer!
What you need:
- 250g almonds
- 150g pepitas
- 150g almond meal
- 1 cup high quality protein powder
- 4 tblspn coconut oil
- 2 tablespoon hemp seed oil
- 3 tablespoon chia
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 3/4 cup raw cacao
- 10 small dates (soaked in boiling water)
- Cinnamon and vanilla to taste
- Toasted coconut and sesame to roll them in
What you do:
Either throw everything into food processor and blitz or finely chop or morter and pestle it until desired. Roll into balls, toss in coconut and sesame and refrigerate
Makes about 25