My Sons are in the health industry, one is studying Physiotherapy and the other Dietetics & Nutrition. So they are always after nutritious, easy and filling snacks for when they are on the go ie, out and about, going to or coming from Uni or gym. They love protein balls but they are quite expensive to buy (between $3 & 4 a pop.)
Lately I have been experimenting with a load of different ingredients to make quick and easy protein bites/balls/discs.
These are the refined versions and the ones they enjoy most. They are sweet (but not overly like some bought versions are) and delicious. I
f you prefer to delete the chocolate, of course you can. If you prefer a raw fruit & nut bite without the protein powder, simply omit it and add 1/2 cup of mini choc-chips or raisins (see pic below). You could also swap out the puffed rice for oats.
If the mixture is too dry or not sweet enough for your taste, try adding 1 tbsp of honey, peanut or cashew butter.
They can easily be made into protein balls as well.
- Blitz dates, protein powder and cinnamon in food processor for 5-10 seconds then add 4 tsp lemon juice. Blitz until it forms a thick paste. (NB: if too dry, add 1/2 tsp water at a time until it forms a paste)
- Remove and place paste mix into a large bowl with the puffed rice. Set aside.
- Now blitz the nuts until you have small pieces and add to the paste and rice puffs.
- Using your hands mix together until well combined.
- Form this mixture into a roll (see pic). Note: If the mixture is too dry, try adding a tbsp or two of water. Wrap in alfoil and place in freezer for at least 1 hour.
- Remove from freezer and cut into discs (see pic).
- Melt chocolate and oil in microwave in 30 second bursts. (takes 1-1.5mins)
- Dip half the protein disc into chocolate and place onto a baking tray to set.