Hi friends!!! How’s it going? Everything is going well over here! I hope you guys all had a really nice and relaxing weekend! I will be back tomorrow to share a weekend recap with you guys, but today I have something else to share with yall! If you’ve been following my blog for a while now you know that I am a huge snacker. I love having little meals/snacks throughout the day so I never go hungry and I also don’t get stuffed from having a big meal. I don’t always snack in the afternoon (just depends on what I had for lunch), but a morning snack is almost always a must. I usually start my day with a big smoothie or a bowl of oatmeal, but I’m usually a little hungry around 10-10:30am for a little something before lunch.
Today I am sharing a new recipe with you guys that I just made up and tested and it worked out well! I try a lot of different combinations and they don’t always work out, but luckily this one was a winner so I wanted to share it with all of you so that you can enjoy it to! I hope yall give it a try and like it as much as I do.
I am going to try to estimate measurements, but yall know I am not good about measuring ingredients. And if you like more of a certain ingredient, add more of it. If you don’t like a certain ingredient, omit it or swap it for something you like!
The base of these protein balls are dates and almond butter, but you could easily swap the almond butter for peanut butter or any type of nut butter (or coconut butter) that you like! I used pitted dates, creamy almond butter, cinnamon, unsweetened shredded coconut, roasted cocoa nibs, and plant-based vanilla protein powder. You can definitely leave out the protein powder (or use a different kind or flavor), but I like to add in a little protein when i can to beef up my snacks a bit!
I started with about 2 cups of dates in the food processor and pulsed until a got a crumbly texture. Next I added about 3-4 tablespoons of almond butter and pulsed until it was all combined. The creamy almond butter really helped the mixture incorporate together well.
Then I added in a teaspoon or two of cinnamon, a couple tablespoons of cocoa nibs and shredded unsweetened coconut and pulsed a few times until it was all combined. This did not take long at all. At the end I added in about 1-2 tablespoons of vanilla protein powder (if you use a protein powder, make sure it is one that is not chalky and that you actually like the taste of because you will be able to taste it). Note – your mixture will be a little crumbly, but once you start to form the mixture into balls using your hands, the dates are sticky enough to hold it all together.
Then I just rolled the mixture into balls to pop into the freezer to set up. You could absolutely add other nuts, spices, dried fruit, seeds, or extracts depending on your taste preferences. The sky is the limit. 🙂
I just leave these in the freezer and pop a few in a container to take on the go. Lately I have been enjoying a few crumbled up on top of a green yogurt for my morning snack or just plain if I am in a rush. They make a really tasty snack filled with lots of nutrients and staying power.
It really is as easy as that! The food processor makes this process super easy and quick, but you could absolutely use a blender if you don’t have one. I hope you guys give this a try if it’s up your alley!
Have a wonderful day, friends!!
- Favorite snack?
- Do you regularly make any type of snack balls or bars to keep on hand?
- What was the best part of your weekend?