From the gym to school pick-up in T-10 minutes? Back to back meetings with hardly enough time to pee, nevermind eat? Lifemin taking over your weekends?
Sound familiar? Time-crunched days are stressful enough without trying to build in quality meals, so sometimes we need a little help to get us from A to B (or from breakfast to lunch and lunch to dinner). Here’s a quick protein ball recipe I whip up on Sunday evenings to save me a trip to the corner shop. While I’m not adverse to the odd Mars Bar, we can avoid making a habit of reaching for sugary snacks and fuelling the resulting hunger-famine energy crash cycle by filling our handbags/kit bags (and our bellies) with these quality, slow-release, recovery-boosting bites.
All you need is a food processor (if you don’t have one, get one; I promise it will change your life). In 10 minutes flat you’ll have created 15 balls of hunger-busting bliss.
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 3tbsp nut butter (my preference: Pip & Nut Maple Syrup Peanut Butter. I’m Canadian. What do you expect?)
- ¼ cup raw cacao powder
- 1tbsp chia seeds
- 2/3 cups rolled oats
- 1tbsp Pulsin hemp protein
- 1tbsp coconut oil
- Pulse the dates in your food processor until the mix is smooth. They may form one big ball – that’s normal due to their sticky texture.
- Add the oats, chocolate, chia, peanut butter, protein & coconut oil and pulse again for one minute, or until evenly mixed and the oats are in fine fragments.
- Roll into 1 inch balls. The texture should be sticky enough to hold all the ingredients together, but not wet enough to make your hands sticky.
- Refrigerate and tuck in when hunger strikes. They will keep for 2 weeks in the fridge. Mind you, it’s unlikely they’ll stick around that long.