No, I’m not talking about the lottery balls or any other kind of, erm, ball, I’m talking about the kind you pop in your mouth (ok this is not a euphemism you dirty mined people, stop it right now) Power balls are a cool little concoction, made up of dates, nuts, coconut, whatever really, and I caught onto the craze about four years ago when I discovered a recipe on an Australian blog. I made them on and off as it was only me who’d eat them as the Mr remained suspicious. To be fair, it wasn’t the best recipe that I’d found. But now these balls (LOL, sorry) are pretty much a fridge staple, mainly because at the moment I’m trying to eat well and avoid sugary snacks before we start IVF (I wont become an IVF bore, I promise). The kid even eats these too which is pretty cool although occasionally yes, she tells me they’re disgusting so you know, work in progress. Here are two really easy recipes for you to try that literally take less than twenty minutes to put together. I make a batch every other week, so I have a box full in the fridge ready to go.
Vanilla Protein Balls
Makes about 15 balls (Original recipe from my hockey mate Beth)
- 1 scoop Vanilla Protein (I use Spiru-Tein because that’s what the local health food shop stocked! Start off adding 1 scoop but increase from 1.5-2 the next times you make these, depending on what you think of the flavour)
- 120g Cashews
- 1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter, crunchy or smooth (I use Whole Earth and have made these using smooth so far, but haven’t tried with crunchy. Leave this out if you want)
- 1 Tablespoon Desiccated coconut (Plus extra for rolling. Again, leave out if you want)
- 180g Dates (I soak these beforehand for 15 minutes in hot water if they’re very dry, to soften up)
- Stick all your ingredients in your food processor and blend until the mixture forms a large sticky ball.
- If the mixture isn’t sticking, add a small teaspoon of water, one at a time until it does.
- Once ready, roll into walnut sized ball (although if you’re anything like me then they’ll all end up being totally different sizes) and roll in desiccated coconut.
- Pop in the fridge for at least twenty minutes, and keep in the fridge in a sealed box. Easy peasy!
Davina’s Power Balls
Makes about 15 balls (Recipe from Davina McCall)
- 100g Crunchy nut butter, cashew, almond or hazelnut butter (I use Whole Earth Peanut Butter and I’d say definitely recommend using crunchy, as I’ve used smooth and they just don’t taste as good)
- 100g Honey
- 25g Cocoa powder
- 100g Desiccated coconut OR 50g desiccated coconut and 50g oatmeal
25g Sesame seeds
- Extra desiccated coconut, cocoa, or sesame seeds, for rolling
- Put the nut butter and honey in a saucepan and stir over a low heat until they’ve melted together.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cocoa, coconut (or coconut and oatmeal) and the sesame seeds.
- Mix until everything blends together in a firm but sticky mixture. Allow this to cool completely, then chill in the fridge for about 10 minutes to make rolling easier (try to avoid shovelling all mixture into your mouth at this stage, like I do)
- Roll the mixture into walnut-sized balls, then roll each one in a coating of your choice.
- Store them in the fridge in an airtight container. Yum.