My favourite meal is snacking. And I'm totally serious.
Recently I've been super focused on gut and digestive health – experimenting with different food combinations, ratios, adaptogenics and more. One thing that I am loving currently is upping my fat intake – oils in everything, on my body, on my face... Basically, I am trying to GLOW from the inside out!
One recipe that I've been making on a weekly basis for midday work snacks are my protein-energy-fat-superfood balls. Enough buzzwords for you?
In all seriousness, these are an adaptation on multiple recipes I have found from my many hours spent on food blogs, reading books and browsing Instagram. I find that when I get a little dip in my energy during the day - which is happening less and less – I crave sugar, but I need fat and protein. This prolongs the energy boost, and won't send me crashing down and running for coffee at 3pm.
So – what is this majestic recipe? As I don't have a food processor, I adapted the recipes I found from Lee From America to make them more tiny kitchen friendly. I have two varieties, but with different flavour combinations, the possibilities are endless!
Recipe 1: Cacao-coco energy balls
These are so perfect if you do need a little sweet treat mid-morning or afternoon.
1 cup peanut butter (I use Fatso butter) / other nut butter
4 tbsp chocolate or vanilla protein powder
2 tbsp organic flour
2 tbsp unsweetened almond or other nut milk (I've used water in the past when I'm in a pinch)
1-2 tbsp cacao powder
1-2 tsp cinnamon
Coconut flakes / desiccated coconut
Mix all items (aside from the coconut) in a large bowl, adding more flour or liquid to thicken or thin out texture. Place in the fridge for ~20 minutes to solidify slightly. This will allow the rolling process to be so much easier. When the mixture is ready, pour out your coconut flakes onto a flat surface. I like to use a plate for easy clean up. Then, take about 1 tbsp worth of mixture, and roll it in your palms until it is spherical. Dampening your hands will help the mixture not stick. Then, roll the balls in the coconut flakes to coat, and place in a container. When all of these are done, I love to keep mine in the freezer until I eat them!
Recipe 2: Turmeric-tahini energy balls
These are my absolute favourite snack. I am obsessed with these, and the different combinations you can do with them.
Half a cup tahini
Half a cup coconut butter
Large scoop vanilla protein powder
2 tbsp unsweetened almond or other nut milk
2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ginger (I use ground, but fresh is good and probably better)
Black pepper (to activate the tahini)
Chia seeds or sesame seeds to coat
Same as above – mix, solidify, roll, coat, freeze!
I hope that you try these and come up with your own additions! Let me know if you try these or have any suggestions!