These bad-boys are super-tasty, super-squishy and super-easy to whip up alongside your regular Sunday afternoon meal-prep. Full of vital nutrients such as vitamin B, omega-3 and magnesium, these protein balls are sure to satisfy that 11 o’ clock grumbling tummy or fuel you through that early morning gym-sesh. Just keep on reading for the recipe!
So what superfoods and health-boosting ingredients can be found in these little balls of joy?!
Raw Macadamia Nuts: These are my favourite nuts by far. Macadamia nuts contain a huge variety of nutrients including high amounts of vitamin B1 (or Thiamine). Vitamin B1 helps us maintain a positive mental attitude whilst increasing energy levels, fighting stress and increasing learning abilities. These little beauties also contain magnesium and a healthy portion of monounsaturated fat.
Flaxseed: Flaxseed is a rich source of minerals, omega-3 fatty acids and fibre. Omega-3 is a brainpower-boosting oil that also improves the health of your heart and normalises cholesterol levels.
Pea Protein: If you struggle with food sensitivities and allergies, this is the protein powder for you. It can be used for a pre-workout energy boost and also aids muscle recovery post-workout. The amino acids composition (protein’s building blocks) is highly comparable to that of whey protein but without the lactose. Pea protein is also a great alternative for people who can’t consume casein or whey, people with soy allergies, vegetarians and vegans. Go pea!!
Chia: These little seeds are loaded with nutrients such as fibre, protein, Omega-3 and various micronutrients. They are also a wonderful antioxidant.
Recipe (makes 10-12 balls)
100g macadamia nuts (I ate some before I realised that I needed the whole bag so substituted some pecans!)
60g desiccated coconut
1 tbsp flaxseed
2 tbsp agave syrup
100g Medjool dates
1 tbsp chia seeds
6 tbsp protein powder
50 – 100ml unsweetened almond milk
Put the nuts into a blender and blend for 30-60 seconds until ground, but with some texture still remaining.
Add all the other ingredients and blend until combined. If the mixture is too dry, just add a little more almond milk.
Roll the mixture into 10-12 balls and store in the fridge. Then just pack in your gym bag for the perfect pre- or post-gym snack!
P.S. If you like the Bounce Coconut and Macadamia Protein Bliss balls, you’ll love these… plus, you can make a whole batch for under a fiver!!