Monday, May 6, 2013

Protein Balls

My recipe is adapted from Teresa Cutter's The Healthy Chef recipe. Protein balls are a great snack to cure 3pm sugar cravings, have post-workout or on-the-go. The great thing about protein balls is that you can experiment with so many different ingredients. Plus, they take only 5-10 minutes to make!

My protein balls are a great source of complete protein (made using whey protein isolate), a good source of Vitamin E from the almond meal and high in iron and magnesium from pepitas (pumpkin seeds).


60g Whey Protein Isolate (I used Musashi brand) - about 6 scoops
16 dates, pitted
1/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup pepitas, ground


If you have a food processor, place protein powder, almond meal and pepitas in and process until the mixture looks crumbly. Then add dates and a splash of water and process again until the mixture is soft. I didn't have a food processor so I used a mortar and pestle to grind the pepitas and chopped the dates finely with a sharp knife. Form the mixture into 12 balls. Store in the fridge and they're ready to go!

Nutrition per ball:

(makes 12)

Energy: 252kJ (60 cal)
Protein: 5.4g  
Carbohydrates: 3.5g
Fat: 2.4g

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