I love homemade bliss balls – be it as a pre-workout snack to delay hunger or as a sweet treat. But my problem with them has always been the high content of dates. Using one of the recipes making the rounds on Instagram, I’d mix dates, chia seed and shredded coconut. Although delicious, they did taste super sweet and given how easily chia seeds get stuck in your teeth, they weren’t a very portable snack. A few weeks ago however, while preparing for my first obstacle race with V, I stumbled upon my now-favourite recipe for protein balls.
1/2 cup almond meal (ground almonds)
2/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut and 2/4 cup oat flour
2 scoops of protein powder (if you add a bit more water later, you can use 3 scoops. Why? Because gains, insists V)
cinnamon (I like a lot of cinnamon so put 1 heaping tsp)
1tsp maple syrup (I don’t like honey)
1/5 cup of water
We also added raisins but you can add chopped up nuts or chocolate nibs like Charmaine.
Unsweetened cocoa powder
Unsweetened shredded coconut
Base first. Mix the dry ingredients (including raisins or chopped nuts) then add maple syrup and water. When the mix comes together it will be quite sticky but bear with it because that’s just going to make the next step easier.
Prep your toppings by pouring them out on separate plates. Then take about a tablespoon of dough, roll it into a ball with your fingers and roll it in the topping of your choice until the outside of the ball is coated as well as it can be.
Feel free to put some of the dough into your mouth straight away, but allow the majority to harden in the fridge for a few hours first (on an uncovered plate).
Lastly, just make sure to drink plenty of water with these when you eat them to circumvent the dryness of the protein powder.