Coming at you with a super yummy, nourishing snack you can prep and pack in your school/work bag to help keep you energised during the day.
I absolutely love citrus flavours (partly due to lemon drizzle being my all time favourite cake when I was a little girl – it’s still a hard one to beat!) and these chewy protein balls are just divine – indulgent but nutritious, containing the sugars from fruit (higher fibre), with a punchy flavour.
I’ve used hemp flour which is an excellent plant based protein source, rich in omega 3 + 6 fatty acids and again, high in fibre. You could use vanilla/plain protein powder as a sub if you’ve not got hemp flour.
These are very simple to put together with minimal ingredients and keep well in the fridge for around 1 week.
Ingredients (makes 10 balls):
1/4 cup pecan nuts
1/3rd cup pitted dates
1/2 cup oats
2 tsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp natural lemon extract
1 tbsp hemp flour
1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
desiccated coconut (enough to coat the outside)
- Pop the dates into a small dish and cover with hot water. Let soften for 5-10 mins whilst you get going with the next step.
- In a food processor, blitz the pecans into a ‘finely chopped’ consistency then transfer to a mixing bowl.
- In the mixing bowl, add the oats, chia seeds and hemp flour and stir together.
- The dates should be soft by now, so drain the water from them and blitz in the food processor to a paste – it doesn’t have to be perfectly smooth, I like a few chewy bits for added texture!
- Add the date paste to the other ingredients in the mixing bowl along with the melted coconut oil, the juice of 1 lemon, lemon extract and finally grate the zest of 1/2 the lemon in, too. Mix until a dough forms (you may need to get your hands in there to help it all bind together!)
- Once you have the dough formed, break away sections and shape into 10 balls. Roll the balls in a little desiccated coconut and let them set in the fridge for around 1 hour.