Triple nut & raw cacao protein bites
This week has been such a chocolatey one and I keep telling myself that all this experimenting is for the good of others but this is the first time I’ve ever had to quadruple check a recipe before, just to make sure it was perfect 😉
The last “raw cacao and coconut cacao truffles” went down an absolute treat, with people as far as Australia making them – way to go Wendy (!!) so I hope you enjoy this recipe just as much. These protein bites are almond free, so Dave Luck and anyone else that is allergic to almonds – you’re in luck 😉
These protein bites are a great source of fibre owing to the three different kinds of nuts involved (cashews, pecans and hazelnuts) and they’re also a fabulous source of whole, unprocessed fats. So, whilst they’re calorific, they donate lots of anti-inflammatory goodness to your body as well as a whole host of vitamins, minerals and amino acids….just don’t eat all of them at once!
Cacao beans which is where raw cacao powder comes from are one of the best dietary sources of magnesium, a mineral that is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in our bodies. Magnesium is important for muscle and nerve function, detoxification and sleep and it keeps the heart rhythm steady so chocolate CAN be genuinely good for you – if eaten in this form. Cacao is also a superb source of other antioxidants, esecially when eatn raw and antioxidants are important for both short term and long term health because they absorb the free radicals that cause damage in the body.
Everyone that has made my snack balls before are so surprised at how quick they are to make – throw everything into your blender, roll your mixture into ball shapes and if you’re feeling like you want to add an extra touch to make them extra presentable, them roll them in chia seeds or chopped hazlenuts. Pop them in the fridge and that is literally it! Too simple.
Enjoy your protein bites, it takes snacking and chocolate to a whole new tasty and healthy level. Share your recreations of this almond milk recipe with me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #Jessipes and tag me using @JessipesRecipes in your posts. I love seeing them!
All the healthy best,
- ⅓ of a cup (60g) of hazelnuts
- ⅓ of a cup (50g) of pecans
- 1 tablespoon of cashew butter
- 1 ½ tablespoons of cacao
- 1 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil
- 3 mejdool dates
- 1 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon of chia seeds (plus 1 extra for decoration)
- 3 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts (optional)
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend for a minute or two, until the mixture has formed a sticky mixture. Depending on whether you like your balls to have a crunchy texture blend it for one minute but if you prefer a smoother consistency then blend it for longer. If you have an old food processor you may need to blend it for slightly longer than 1-2 minutes.
- Scoop approximately 1 tablespoon of the mixture into your hand and roll into a truffle size ball between the palms of your hands, squishing the mixture between your fingers and your palms so that that ball holds its shape.
- On a separate plate, sprinkle a few tablespoons chopped hazelnuts and then roll your ball in the nuts to give your balls a hazel coating!
- Place your rolled ball into a bowl, plate or tupperware dish and store and continue rolling the rest of the mixture until you have rolled all the mixture.
- Store in the fridge or freezer for an hour to firm up or alternatively keep them stored in the fridge or freezer for later enjoyment!
- You can eat them from frozen or once they've thawed out a little - they're delicious either way.
- Enjoy every bite!