How to eat protein balls and still be able to pay your mortgage….

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I have been working at a women’s health centre for a couple of years now and I love it. I love the women I get to meet and treat, their inspiring stories and strength and the opportunity to spread the joy about how eating well is not about denial or living on brussell sprouts and goji berries.

I have recently started running a 10 week course on our relationship with food. We’re covering all sorts of things like emotional eating, eating well on a budget, making better choices for ourselves and our children.

A couple of weeks ago I made some hippy lamingtons to share. One lovely woman I have had the pleasure of working with promptly went home, whipped up a batch and got her young family hooked on a snack that is doing them good.

In honour of her incredible dedication and willingness to embrace new things I have been dabbling in the kitchen coming up with some variations on this theme of healthy snacks.

I was recently sent a few samples of some Bounce Protein Balls from a company I deal with and I gave them a go. They were yummy but at around $3.60 per ball it isn’t really a sustainable option for feeding growing kids.

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Here’s my take. These ones are full of nuts, healthy oils, fruit, protein and other yummy stuff. I made about 45 balls and this costs out at 26 cents a ball. Not a bad saving and certainly cheaper and healthier than muesli bars and bags of chips.

 

The basic mixture 

4 tablespoons of coconut oil
4 tablespoons of nut butter – I used almond but any nut butter will work
3 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoons of vanilla
2 heaped tablespoons of vanilla protein powder
6 tablespoons of desiccated coconut

Flavour options

option 1

10 dates
3/4 cup raw almonds
1 teaspoon cinnamon

option 2

20 dried apricots
3/4 cup of pecans
1 tablespoon of LSA mix (linseed, soy and almond mix)
1 tablespoon chia seeds

option 3

10 dried figs
3/4 cup raw cashews
3-4 pieces of crystallised ginger or 1 teaspoon of dried ginger

For all variations whiz up nuts in a food processor until they are a fine crumble. Add all other ingredients in the option you have chosen and whiz together. Add all ingredients from your basic mixture and process till combined. If the mixture feels too dry you can add more honey or vanilla or even a splash of soy milk.

Roll heaped teaspoons full of mixture into balls and refrigerate. If you like you can coat them with coconut, cocoa powder or nuts.

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