It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe on here, so I thought it was about time I got creative in the kitchen. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do! They’re simple, quick and – most importantly – delicious.
Yep, you heard me right. Balance balls. Not energy, bliss or protein balls, but balance ones. Why? Because I don’t think they specifically target one macronutrient, but are pretty balanced in terms of carb, protein and fat content. The base is made from peanuts, dates and protein powder, so naturally they’ll have some of each macronutrient. As a result, they have a pretty balanced nutritional profile (I assume – I’m not a nutritionist, nor have I calculated this!). Hence the name, balance balls 😜.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ll know I’m an ambassador for Missfits Nutrition (although having said that, this post is NOT sponsored). Their protein powders are high quality, giving the perfect texture to baked goods – which is why it works so well in this recipe. You can use my code fruits5 for £5 off any order there, too, in case you’re tempted. I’m always honest with you, and so when I say I highly recommend it, I really do mean it. Since these are chocolate flavoured, I used the chocolate (vegan) protein powder in here.
Since working with Jess to fuel properly to sustain my performance in training and racing, I’ve been incorporating two daily snacks into my diet. Consequently, I’ve had to buy more snacks – and this really does add up. So, being fruitsandroutes, I decided to get creative and make my own. And, they really are SO easy, meaning there’s no excuse not to make them 😉. Let’s be honest, no one wants to pay £2 for a pack of 6 energy balls – when it would probably cost you less than that to make a batch of 15-20!
Chocolate & peanut. A power couple that tastes incredible. Packed into balanced, bite-size balls, made at the fraction of their retail price. What more could you want?
- 75 g peanuts (unsalted/ unroasted)
- 75 g fresh dates (if dry, soak for 10 minutes then drain)
- 1 scoop Missfits chocolate protein powder (25g)
- 1 heaped tbsp cacao powder (about 15g)
- 1.5 tbsp almond milk (or other)
- generous pinch of salt
- 1 tsp maca (optional)
Start by blending the peanuts until they form a breadcrumb texture.
Then, add in the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. It will form a thick mixture that shouldn’t be dry or sticky. If dry, add more milk, and if sticky, add more cacao powder.
Finally, roll the mixture into balls (of whatever size you want), place in an airtight container and store in the fridge. They should keep for up to 2 weeks!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and if you do give this recipe a go then don’t forget to tag me on Instagram (@fruitsandroutes) so I can see how you get on.