Is it just me, or does anyone else wonder what they did before Pinterest came along? It really has changed the way I hunt out new recipes to cook and it has definitely made it much easier to bookmark the recipes I want to try. Pre-Pinterest I used to scour food photo sharing sites and search blogs for ideas and then bookmark the individual recipe pages. While it worked ok, it left me with a giant list of bookmarks in my favourites list that I had to scroll through whenever I was looking for a recipe. Being a visual person, I really love the way Pinterest displays photos from recipes so you are reminded of what inspired you to bookmark the recipe in the first place.
That’s exactly how this recipe came about. I was scouring Pinterest for snack ideas, specifically, gluten free snack ideas to make something for my sister to take to work with her. I’d never noticed just how much the “standard diet” revolved around wheat and other grains until I needed to cater for someone who can’t eat that kind of food. Luckily for my sister, I love a good challenge and I have lots of fun creating or adapting recipes so they are ok for her to eat.
At the time, she was working a super busy job that required loads of running around like a crazy person. As a result, not only did she need nutritionally “dense” food to keep her energy up, it also needed to be portable. Lucky I love a challenge!!
The result is these deliciously fudgy protein balls that I adapted from this recipe for Protein Power Balls on The Healthy Chef website. I like to use half macadamia nuts and half almonds to give it a really fudgy texture, macadamias aren’t cheap though so it can get a bit expensive if you’re making them often. If you have a budget to stick to, they taste just as delicious with all almonds, I just process the almonds a bit longer to get a smoother texture. I roll them in chia seeds, but you can also use coconut or even protein powder. It’s really up to you and your tastebuds, so go forth and experiment!
- 165g almonds
- 165g macadamia nuts
- 2 tbs cocoa
- 10 dates
- 50g protein powder of your choice
- ½ cup chia seeds
- Place almonds and macadamia nuts in a food process or blender and blend until you have a fine breadcrumb texture
- Add the dates, cocoa and protein powder to mix and blend it until it's well combined and can be formed into balls, you may need to add a couple of tablespoons of water to get the right texture.
- Take spoonfuls of the mixture and form into balls then roll in chia seeds
- Place the balls on a plate in a fridge for a couple of hours to set