Nutty Berry Protein Balls and Snacking

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

INGREDIENTS

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)

DIRECTIONS
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!!

 

What’s not to love?

Enjoy your snacking endeavors! xoxo PLP <3

 

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Comments

  1. Kristin says:

    Wow!! These taste like holiday cookies! Great recipe, thank you! How do you store these, and how long do they keep? I am making a second batch because I know that one batch won’t last long.

    • admin says:

      Hey Kristin! Aren’t they heaven!! I have to ration them out for myself otherwise they are definitely gone in like an hour! I stored mine just in a regular plastic tuppaware. If yours turned out more on the oily side (I had one batch that was SUPER oily), you can leave them in an open container over night, which will dry them out a bit, then refrigerate. They’ll keep for a little over a week…if they last that long you are my hero! haha 🙂

      • Kristin says:

        Great, thank you for such a quick response! Even my son loved them, and he loathes coconut oil. He can usually taste it in anything I sneak it into! I don’t think two batches will last that long, but that is good to know for when I make a bigger batch!

        • Eric says:

          I need some help with these. My mix was way too dry and I couldn’t make the balls without completely crumbling. Do you think there was something wrong with the dates being too dry? Maybe not enough oil? Frustrated, today is my first day trying to go paleo/primal.
          Thanks for any tips!

          • admin says:

            Hey Eric! Don’t get frusterated, switching to paleo is best done gradually and definitely takes some time! Why don’t you try adding some additional coconut oil and some additional unsweetened shredded coconut next time? That should help things stick together a bit better. Hope round two goes better! You’re doing great already just THINKING about switching your diet.

  2. Jim says:

    I made these today to have for breakfast this week. Wow, these are awesome. I didn’t have macadamia nuts and used cashews, but it still turned out awesome. I only yielded 7 balls so I think I need to measure and make smaller ones 🙂

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