Planning a night on the dance-floor, a days trek around the city you picked for your weekend break or a hike up a local hill? Then these bad boys will keep you perky. Packed with protein and all kinds of goodness, fuel your next adventure with a Pause // Play // Protein Ball or two.
make all ingredients organic if you can find them...
- 1 x cup* dates
- soaked for a few hours in water, or just buy super soft medjool dates and pit them
- 1 x cup* nuts
- almonds, pecans, cashews, hazelnuts, brazil nuts... any nuts you like except peanuts or macadamias, mix 'em up or just choose one kind
- 3 x tablespoons coconut oil
- melt it till its soft, then take it off the heat
- 3 x tablespoons cacao powder
- 1 x tablespoon desiccated coconut
- 2 x teaspoons cinnamon
- some desiccated coconut/cacao powder to roll the finished balls in
- grated orange rind
- grated lemon rind
- crushed sea salt
- goji berries
- chia seeds
- dried berries
- finely grated ginger
- finely chopped chili
- anything else your heart desires!
Fling your cups of nuts in a food processor and blitz them till they are crushed (you choose how chunky/fine you want them)
Slowly begin to add the soaked or fresh (pitted) medjool dates one by one so as not to bust your food processor.
Once the dates and nuts are combined pour in your coconut oil and blend more
Then add cacao, desiccated coconut and cinnamon
Then if you want more flavour/substance, add one or more of the optional extras.
The mixture should be sticky enough for you to grab a blob and roll it gently between your hands.
Roll in coconut or cacao or leave plain.
Pop them in the fridge for an hour to set and you're all set to power up.
Be mindful of how many you eat and try to avoid them too late at night as the cacao might keep you awake.
Important Advice for Making Your Pause // Play // Protein Balls
*No, we don't have a set of perfectly cute measuring cups either, so the 'cup' measure (along with the other measurements and ingredients in this recipe) are just a guide, we usually use a small tumbler/glass as a 'cup but invite you to play with the ingredients till you find the nutty, datey, chocolatey balance that works for you.
You can even omit the cacao completely and put more coconut instead or if it's too sweet, put less dates and a little more coconut oil or some maple syrup to bind. What if you hate cinnamon? leave it out and add a spice you like...