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Choc-Mint Hemp Seed Protein Balls

Ingredients:

  • 12 Medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp. Hemp seeds*
  • 1 tbsp. cacao butter (6 buttons)
  •  1 cup walnuts
  • 20 drops pure peppermint extract*
  • 3 tbsps. cacao powder
  • Mixture of your favourite toppings to coat. I used desiccated coconut, Dutch pure cocoa and a cape seed mix (sesame, flaxseed, poppy, sunflower)

Method:

Blitz all the ingredients in a food processor until the mixture sticks and holds together in the palm of your hand then shape into balls before rolling in your favourite topping.  Super easy and quick to make! I spooned 1 tbsp. of mixture to make each ball which yielded 20! Enjoy!

  • Hemp seeds and pure peppermint extract can be found at Organic Grocers or Health Food stores.

 

 

 

 

Maca, Walnut & Macadamia Energy Bars

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of whole walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of whole macadamia nuts
  • 1 teaspoon of Maca powder (another super food, this root which grows in the volcanic soils of the Andes in Peru, contains vegetarian proteins, vitamins and lots of minerals)
  • 2 teaspoons of Cacao powder
  • 4 large Medjool dates
  • 1 teaspoon of chia butter (Made by soaking Chia seeds in water 9:1 ratio and the instructions are on the pack). Once made, refrigerate the gel for up to 2 weeks in an air tight container. It can be used as a substitute for butter as well as added to smoothies, freshly blitzed fruit and veggie juices, yoghurts, muffins, slices and energy balls.

Method

  1. Blitz all the ingredients in your food processor until combined and sticky.
  2. Tip the mixture on to a shallow rectangle baking tray lined with baking paper (I recommend a tin 20cm x 15cm x 3cm). Mine was to big so I just shaped the mixture into a rectangle using 1/2 the tin size. Using your hands, press and smoothe the mixture into your tin then cover with baking paper and refrigerate until cold and firm.
  3. Once firm and cooled (about 15mins), turn out on to a chopping board lined with baking paper and slice into 8cms x 2cm mini bars. Or whatever size you like! I like to keep these rich nutrient dense snacks small.
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Protein packed Energy Balls

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Home made protein packed energy balls. Eat these for afternoon tea with a cup of green tea or after a workout.

Ingredients

  • 150g of whole cashew nuts
  • 4 large Medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons of raw cacao
  • 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut
  • Extra coconut to roll and coat the balls

Method

  1. Place all the measured ingredients into your food processor and blitz until combined and sticky.
  2. Turn mixture onto a sheet of baking paper and shape into 10 balls
  3. Roll the balls in the extra coconut and refrigerate until cold and set

A delicious ball of goodness at only 110 calories per serve - Yum!

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