Who doesn’t love quick, grab and go snacks, right? Did I mention they are chocolate!? We whip up a batch of these weekly (although they usually don’t last the whole week…)!
Let’s first talk about dates…there are always bags of dates tucked away places…in the fridge, the cupboards, and mine and Rob’s gym bags. They are one of our favourite ways to fuel up on some great, quick, natural energy, and Rob especially loves munching on them during his trainings or matches. And have you tried the infamous nut butter and date combo?! Do it, I promise it will not disappoint, and you too will become a date lover. Some people reach for the gummy worms or sour keys for their sugar and energy, but we will stick to dates (food dates and dinner dates that is ).
Each of these little protein energy balls packs about 5 grams of protein, depending on the protein powder you are using! For this batch, I was lucky enough to receive the new Hemp Yeah vegan protein powder from Manitoba Harvest to try out! I was really impressed with the product! It tasted great, blended really well in post workout shakes, and turned out wonderfully in this recipe! The ingredients were also super minimal and clean, which is always something I look for when choosing protein powders.
These energy balls are really quick, easy, and versatile! You can sub the nuts and seeds for any that you may have in your kitchen.
Prep and cook time: 10 minutes
Makes approximately 20 energy balls
½ cup nuts (I use almonds)
½ cup seeds (I use pumpkin seeds)
½ cup pitted, unsweetened dates
5 heaping tbsp vegan protein powder
2 tbsp raw cocoa powder
3 tbsp nut milk
A pinch of salt
1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor, turn on, and watch the magic happen! It usually takes 2-4 minutes to get the ‘dough’ the way you want it. When it starts forming a ball in the food processor is when you know its ready. The dough should be sticky, and I prefer when there is still a little bit of texture to it!
2. Using your hands, scoop out approximately 1-1.5 tbsp balls of the mixture. Form into a ball by rolling between your hands.
3. Roll each ball in a garnish of your choice! This batch, I did some with coconut flakes, some with hemp hearts, and some with both! Let your mind run free!
4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week.