Like vegan energy balls, these protein balls are very easy to prepare. It’s one of my favorites before and after workout snacks. And the great thing is that you only need a few ingredients.
I consider these the perfect snacks to keep with you when you are on the go, whether to the gym or going to the beach, but also they are just simply a great treat while watching your favorite netflix movie 😉
- 3 cups almonds
- 12 dates
- 4 tBsp homemade protein powder (hemp seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds)
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 3 tBsp
- 1 cup of coco flakes
I love pumpkin seeds and I highly recommend to consume them regularly especially if you keep a vegan diet. This is because it contains a very high amount of zinc, which is a very important nutrient for our body’s self defense immune system. They are also a rich source of iron, magnesium and protein and antioxidants and other nutrients. And have many other health benefits such as regulating blood sugar levels.
28 grams of pumpkin seeds contains:
- Fiber: 1.7 grams
- Carbs: 5 grams
- Protein: 7 grams
- Fat: 13 grams (6 of which are omega-6s)
- Vitamin K: 18% of the RDI
- Phosphorus: 33% of the RDI
- Manganese: 42% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 37% of the RDI
- Iron: 23% of the RDI
- Zinc: 14% of the RDI
- Copper: 19% of the RDI
- First blend your homemade protein blend, but make sure not to grind all ingredients together at once in the food processor, but rather grind each ingredient separately and then add them together. You can make as much as you like and save them in a pot and keep them stored in the fridge. For this recipe we need only about 4 tablespoons of the flour texture blend, so the rest you can save to add in your cereals and salads for the rest of the week for example.
- Now that we have all ingredients prepped, begin blending the almonds ideally in a high blend processor. You may also buy almond powder and save you some time ;). Blend it until you get chunky bits or fine crumbs as you desire.
- Next add the dates,
- Then add the home made protein blend and cacao powder.
- Blend again until it all clumps nicely together.
- Now this is the part where you can invite the kids to “get their hands dirty” (ofcourse wash them first for 20 seconds with soap for hygiene). And form around 24 energy balls to your liking. Now you have about 6 treats if you eat an average of 4 energy balls (I recommend not to eat more than that each treat, as you will get enough of an energy boost and you want to minimize your natural sugar intake.
- Roll your protein balls in coco flakes to finish this yummy recipe off. You may leave them in the fridge for up to a week in an airtight container.