It’s always good to have a healthy snack on hand so you don’t resort to something on my “bad” list! Protein balls (or bliss balls I guess you could say) are a great snack but often are filled with lots of fructose from dried fruits.
This version has only a few ingredients, so it’s easy to make, and is sweetened with rice malt syrup (and only 1.5 tablespoons between 30 balls at that!) – so is sugar free. Be careful when purchasing protein powders (there I go again, always read the label!), as often they have a whole heap of nasty ingredients such as artificial sweeteners, flavours or preservatives. I generally use a pea or whey based protein powder from companies such as Vitality Nutrition, The Healthy Chef or Green Smoothie Co.
I can confirm this has been husband and toddler tested and passed with flying colours. A note though if you are making for little ones, be careful of what protein powder you use (for reasons above) and be sure they can handle cacao (try giving it to them earlier in the day and checking how they act after!). I generally make a few smaller ones so Miss H can have one more suited to her size when I do!
I hope you enjoy the recipe!!! :)
If you would like to read about the benefits of protein, Teresa Cutter recently published this interesting article.
- 110g almond butter
- 40g protein powder (I use vanilla flavour)
- 60g desiccated coconut (plus extra to roll them in)
- ¼ tsp vanilla powder
- 15g cacao powder
- 30g Pureharvest rice malt syrup
- 30g filtered water (or coconut oil if you prefer, but use a little less!)
- Add all ingredients into Thermomix bowl. Mix spd 5, 10 seconds. Scrape bowl and repeat. The mixture should be quite sticky – if not (this can depend on the protein powder, add a little more water or coconut oil).
- Roll into small balls and cover in desiccated coconut. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
As I always say, the mixture is sweet so you can drop the amount of rice malt syrup (don’t forget if you are using my link to almond butter then it already has rice malt syrup in it!).
Different nut butters or coconut butter would give a different flavour.
Incorporate some nuts or seeds (sunflower or pepita would be yummy). If you don’t have protein powder, you can use a nut meal.
Different protein powders will give different flavours! You could also add some mesquite powder if you liked.