As you can tell from my previous posts, I love having snacks between my main meals. But I always find it difficult finding a healthy store-bought snack that is low in calorie and nutritious. I know some of my snacks are not exactly low in calorie for the size of it, but at least it is packed with fibre, protein and good fat and most importantly, I know what goes into my snacks.
As such, I try to make my own snacks when I can and ensure that the calories in the snack are good for my body. I workout regularly, so it is important that I consume sufficient amount of protein on a daily basis to protect and build my muscles. As you can see from most of my snack recipes, there is protein powder in the ingredient list. If you feel like you do not need the additional protein, please feel free to leave the protein powder out.
This recipe is the latest addition to my protein bliss ball recipe list and it is now my favourite protein ball. It is not too sweet (as it is only sweetened by dates), has a slight bitterness from the tahini which goes well with the caramel sweetness of the dates and has a crunchy texture from the buckinis 🙂 This is a very simple recipe and has only 7 ingredients including water. I hope you enjoy this snack and let me know what you think of this protein ball.
Makes 20 small protein bliss balls
For those of you counting calories and macros, please use the table below as a guide.
|Carbohydrates (g)||Protein (g)||Fat (g)||Calories|
- 1 cup walnuts, raw;
- 50g dates;
- 1/4 cup white sesame seeds (you can use black sesame seeds too);
- 1/4 cup tahini (either hulled or unhulled is fine, I used Mayver’s Hulled Tahini);
- 1/4 cup buckinis (activated buckwheat kernels – you can also use normal buckwheat kernels), plus extra for coating the balls;
- 4 tbsp Bare Blends Vanilla Protein Powder; and
- In a food processor, process the walnuts until your desired texture;
- Add the dates to the food processor and process further;
- Add the sesame seeds, tahini, buckinis and protein powder to the walnut-date mixture and blend well together;
- Add water 1 tbsp at a time to the food processor until the mixture comes together to resemble a cookie dough mixture;
- Roll the cookie dough into balls;
- Using the extra buckinis, coat the balls in the buckinis – you may need to press the buckinis into the balls as the balls have more of an oily texture rather than a sticky texture;
- Enjoy your caramel tahini protein bliss balls as a snack or in your smoothie bowls, yogurt parfaits or breakfast bowls 🙂