So I’m not too sure what happened to the last 12 months but somehow it’s Easter time again already and I know what you’re all thinking… “woooo a 4 day pass to ditch the diet and eat AS MUCH CHOCOLATE AS POSSIBLE before Monday rolls around!!”
Well before you all go roaming the isles of your local supermarkets topping up your trollies full of all sorts of delicious chocolate Easter treats hear me out! Why? Because I think I have just the thing you need to curb those Monday night guilts after demolishing almost your own body weight in chocolate over the weekend!
This afternoon I put together a much healthier alternative chocolate treat that will not only cure any chocolate craving but will also be much kinder on the hips! Packed full of protein, antioxidants and poly and monounsaturated fats (the good stuff), these choc protein balls are the perfect healthy alternative to boring old chocolate egg! AND they’re GLUTEN AND DAIRY FREE!!!
Healthy Choc Protein Balls
What you need…
1 cup of pitted mejoole dates (or the packet varieties if you can’t find fresh ones!)
1 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup pistachios
1/2 cup raw cocao powder
1/2 cup natural whey protein powder
drizzle of honey
splash of water if necessary
What to do…
Throw your dates and nuts into a mix master/blender and blend until they are the consistency of fine pebbles.
Then add all remaining ingredients except the water and coconut and blend until well combined. If it looks a bit dry and isn’t really coming together add a splash of water.
Once combined roll the mixture into bite sized balls and roll them in the desiccated coconut before placing them in the freezer to let them firm up! They will keep really well in there so they make the perfect snack to keep on hand as well! Easter Treats for anytime of year! yum!
Of course you can always mix it up with the ingredients and use whatever nuts or dried fruit your heart desires! You could also add some tahini paste or other sort of nut paste (cashew/almond etc) to give it a slightly more nutty flavour and bump up the amount of protein and other essential nutrients in them!
Also I put a drizzle of honey in but you probably don’t even need it as they are already pretty sweet with natural sugars from the dates!
Healthy, nutritious and delicious!
Happy Easter Everyone!!