Healthy Salted Caramel Protein Bliss Balls

It was Valentine’s day yesterday and I wanted to make a special dinner for Dorian. However, I am doing the F45 8 Week Challenge which has a strict meal plan for 8 weeks. Luckily for me, last night’s dinner was Mexican and one of Dorian’s favourite cuisine is Mexican. Hence, I was able to double the recipe and dinner for two for Valentine’s was served.

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Spiced Mexican chicken with tomato, avocado, black beans, corn and capsicum salsa.

I felt that a special dinner without dessert is not complete. Hence, all afternoon I was thinking about a healthy-ish dessert that I could make which is easy and packed with protein and fibre. At first, I was going to make fruit salad with coconut yogurt but I did not think it was ‘fancy’ enough. And then, I remembered the protein bliss balls I made last year and thought it would be the prefect dessert as it is sweet, packed with protein and fibre and easy to make.

So, after preparing dinner, I got my food processor out and 10 minutes later, healthy salted caramel protein bliss balls were ready. Hope you enjoy these protein bliss balls as much I did.

Makes 12 – 14 small protein bliss balls 

For those of you counting calories/macronutrients, you can use the table below as a guide. 

 Per  Calories Carbohydrates (g)  Protein (g)  Fat (g)
 12 Balls  138 15 6 6
 14 Balls  118 13 5 5

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of cashews, raw;
  • 1 cup of dates;
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds;
  • 2 tbsp of shredded coconut (and more for coating);
  • 4 tbsp of vanilla protein powder from Bare Blends;
  • 1 tsp of Himalayan salt (or to taste); and
  • Some water;

Method

  1. Place the cashews and chia seeds in a food processor and blend the nuts to the texture/fineness of your preference;

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    This was the texture/fineness of my cashews.
  2. Add the shredded coconut, dates, protein powder and salt and blend for a minute or so;
  3. Add some water to the above mixture and blend. The mixture will start to come together. You want the mixture to be the consistency of cookie dough so that you can roll it into balls;

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    Add some water whilst the food processor is running and watch the mixture come together.
  4. If you added a bit too much water, place the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes or so and you should be able to roll the mixture into balls;
  5. Place some shredded coconut on a plate. Then, roll the mixture into balls and coat the balls in the shredded coconut;

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    Protein bliss balls ready to be coated in shredded coconut.
  6. Enjoy as a snack between meals or as a dessert after a meal. If you are calorie conscious, limit you intake to two balls (but trust me, these salted caramel bliss balls are hard to resist!).

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    Enjoy 🙂

I was also very lucky to get some very pretty chrysanthemum for Valentine’s Day too! Thank you Dorian! ❤ And happy Valentine’s Day everyone 🙂

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