It’s snack of the week time again! No, I did not make something with peanut butter in it this time. Rather, I made a nut free, sugar free, oil free and gluten free bliss ball this week. It is also vegan friendly. This bliss ball is packed with superfoods such as chia seeds and goji berries. It is low GI, contains good fat, healthy amount of fibre as well as protein. The protein balls are sweet (but not overly sweet), so they would be perfect to curb your mid-afternoon sweet cravings. And at under 65 calories per ball, you can feel guilt free eating them 🙂 What I love the most about these protein balls is the different texture of the various ingredients in the balls, in particular the crunchiness of the toasted uncooked quinoa.
I hope you enjoy this recipe. As always, let me know what you think of these protein balls 🙂
Makes 30 small protein balls
- 3/4 cup dates, pitted, soaked in hot water for 30 minutes, discard water after that;
- 2 tbsp cup goji berries, soaked in hot water for 30 minuets, discard water after that;
- 1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked;
- 1/2 cup rolled oats;
- 1/3 cup desiccated coconut;
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds;
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds;
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds;
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds;
- 4 tbsp. vanilla protein powder;
- 1 tsp vanilla essence;
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon;
- 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt; and
- Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius;
- Place the uncooked quinoa, rolled oats, desiccated coconut, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, ground flaxseeds and chia seeds in a baking tray and place in the oven. Allow to bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown;
The toasted ingredients 🙂
- In a food processor, place the dates and 1 tbsp. of water and process until the dates break down;
Break down the dates with 1 tbsp. of water.
- Then, add the goji berries and 1 tbsp. of water and process until the goji berries break down;
Process the goji berries until they break down.
- Then, add all the baked ingredients to the food processor and process;
- Add all the remaining ingredients and 2 tbsp. of water and process. The mixture will start to resemble crumbs;
- Add 1 tbsp. of water at a time now and process until the mixture comes together and resembles a cookie dough;
The mixture starting to resemble a cookie dough.
- Once the mixture resembles a cookie dough, roll the mixture into balls; and
- Store the balls in a Tupperware in the fridge for up to a month.