Vegan Coconut and Almond Protein Balls
02 May 2016
If you're following a vegan lifestyle, it can sometimes be difficult to meet your full protein requirements. Thats why I absolutely love these protein balls. In this recipe I use almonds which are a great source of plant based protein, along with pea protein powder to ensure a full protein kick in each and every bite! Pea protein is a complete protein because it contains all 8 essential amino acids in the same proportions as would whey protein powder, making it an ideal "just-as -good" source of protein for vegans. These are fantastic to snack on for a mid-morning or late afternoon snack to ensure balanced blood-sugar levels and sustained energy.
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup chopped almonds
2 servings of pea protein powder
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup pitted dates
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup creamy almond butter
1/2 cup sugar-free dairy free raw dark chocolate (optional)
In a large mixing bowl, combine rolled oats, chopped almonds, brown rice cereal, protein, coconut, cinnamon and salt
In a medium sauce pan add the dates and water. Simmer over medium-low heat until the dates begin to break down, about 5-7 minutes.
Stir the almond butter with the dates until everything is combined and smooth. Remove from heat and pour over the dry ingredients.
Stir to fully combine dry and wet ingredients
Pour into a 20cm prepared pan that is sprayed with non-stick coconut oil spray and lined with parchment
Press down the mixture evenly in the 20cm pan
Optional drizzle with melted sugar-free raw dark chocolate, crushed almonds and sea salt.
Refrigerate for at least 60 minutes before cutting. Store in the freezer. You can cut them into 8 large bars or 16 smaller ones
Yours in Health Always,