Everyone always wants to make sure they get enough protein. Everyone’s talking about protein. Protein this, protein that. Where do you get your protein? How much protein do you eat? Should I have one protein shake or two? Protein, schmotein!
OK, so maybe I’m exaggerating a little. Maybe it’s just 90 per cent of the population that talk about protein, or maybe it’s only 50 percent, or even ten per cent, seriously, it’s probably not even 1 per cent. But there are people out there who count their protein intake. And I’m definitely not one of them.
I wouldn’t have a clue how much protein I take in. I don’t know how many carbs, or fat, or calories. What I do know is that when I eat wholesome food I feel amazing and when I eat crap food I feel crap.
Makes sense doesn’t it?
Eat crap, feel crap.
Eat awesome, feel awesome.
So go ahead make these balls, these nut free protein balls, these protein wonder seed balls without nuts and feel awesome. Feel like superman and don’t feel guilty when that chocolate touches your taste buds. Oh, you won’t? That’s just me? Damn.
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons pepitas
- 2 tablespoons cacao
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
- 6 Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in boiling water for 10mins
- Extra coconut for rolling
- Place the hemp seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds and peptise into a food processor and process into small pieces.
- Add the coconut, cacao, drained dates and maple syrup and blend until the combined, about 30 seconds.
- Wet your hands, roll the mixture into balls and roll in coconut.
- Store in the fridge.
You could replace hemp seeds with the same amount of flax seeds or sunflower seeds or add an extra half tablespoon each of chia and pepitas.
I often double the recipe as they keep in the fridge for up to two weeks in an air-tight container. Theoretically they can last two weeks, realistically much less.
Want more nut free recipes? Try these nut free muesli bars.
If you make these share a photo of them, I’d love to see. I’ve already seen the cutest photo of my friend’s little boy who doesn’t like to try much, but he loved these!