Squirrel Snacks: Nutty Protein Balls
Look at my gorgeous boyfriend sleeping peacefully next to me, I'm so lucky...
It's What am I going to eat today?
It's true, I'm a foodie fanatic and a serial snacker and for me, 'hanger' is not in my vocabulary. If I know I'm going to be busy, I squirrel snacks away in my bag for when hunger strikes. Rather than grab a chocolate bar, a pastry or any other equally delicious (but rather unhealthy) snack, I try and keep a healthier selection of nibbles close by. (Although, don't be fooled that I don't eat these things - I definitely do, who can resist an almond croissant?)
On a day-to-day basis, my go-to healthy treats are raw unsalted nuts as they're quick, easy and packed full of goodness. But as much as I love them, they can get a bit repetitive so to mix things up a bit, I thought I'd have a go at rolling them into protein-filled, bite-sized balls that I can take with me anywhere - and here's the results.
Ingredients (makes 16 balls)
10 Medjool dates
75g of raw unsalted cashews
25g of raw unsalted pistachios
30g of oats
4 tablespoons of peanut butter
2 tablespoons of Indigo Herbs Organic Supergreens Powder (optional)
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon of desiccated coconut (plus extra to roll)
80% dark chocolate shredded (optional)
1. Blitz the dates, cashews, pistachios and oats in a blender.
2. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and roll into balls.
3. Roll the balls in the desiccated coconut and put them in the fridge for 30 minutes.
4. Eat and enjoy!
5. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for one week.
What are your favourite healthy snacks?