All right, go ahead and get all your jokes out about the title….because how DELICIOUS, easy and good for you these little balls are is no joking matter. If you’re looking for a fast snack recipe, this is for you. Parents, these will be a hit with your kids in their lunches or for an after-school bite! They only take about 10 minutes to make, and I suggest eating a few when you’re done and tossing the rest in the fridge for grabbing on the go!
For me, snacking is an important piece to the “staying paleo” puzzle. I am most likely to cheat when I allow myself to get so hungry that I’m in my “everyone move out of my way before I kill you all, I don’t care what food it is, get it in my stomach” state. You know, the state when you get home, open the fridge and immediately start just eating ice cream by the spoonful because it’s the fastest, most accessible thing in there.
If you have pre-made snacks that you can have between your meals, you are able to satiate yourself to the level where when meal time rolls around, you’re hungry and ready to eat, but not STARVED. Personally, I always force myself to eat a little snack around 10:30 (maybe a handful of nuts), and around 3 or 4PM (something like this recipe). It just helps me stay on track.
These come from Mark Sisson’s cookbook, but I actually added a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg to the recipe the second go-around, which made for the perfect simple dessert to bring to my gym’s Paleo Dessert Exchange. Both versions are below.
Nutty Berry Protein Balls
4 dates, pitted
1 cup fresh or frozen (defrosted) blueberries
1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
1.5T coconut oil (melted)
First, place dates in a food processor and blend until they make a sticky paste (should take about 30 seconds or so). The paste will probably all stick together in a big clump (this is fine). Then, add your walnuts and macadamia nuts, and process until finely chopped (about 35-40 seconds). Melt your coconut oil in the microwave, and then slowly add it into the food processor WHILE the blade is still running. Now, put your mixture into a mixing bowl and stir in the blueberries and half of your shredded coconut.
Use your hands to roll the dough into small round balls, then roll the balls in leftover shredded coconut.
**If you add about 5 shakes of cinnamon and 2 shakes of nutmeg to the food processor with your nuts, this instantly becomes a wintery-feeling dessert that has a very warm, spicy feeling to it. Delicious both ways!!
Enjoy your snacking endeavors! xoxo PLP <3