This weekend I decided I wanted to rely less on pre packaged snacks again and get into the habit of making my own. After a busy few months, I’d let the habit slide and gone back to buying more snacks. Which is fine if you choose good products, but I like the idea of combining nutritious ingredients into snacks that I know just what has gone into. I also wanted something that was higher in protein.
These chocolate macadamia protein balls were a bit of an experiment that came out well. Here’s how you can make them too.
Makes 10 balls.
80g macadamia nuts
25g your favourite brand protein powder
1-2 teaspoons water
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon maple syrup
3-4 tablespoons rolled oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Add macadamia nuts to a blender and blend until smooth and buttery. Place the blended nuts into a bowl and add remaining ingredients. These amounts are approximates so you may need to make your own adjustments. You want the mixture to be sticky enough that you can roll it into balls. If not, add a little extra water. If it’s too dry, add extra oats or protein powder. Roll into balls and store refrigerated.
One ball is one snack sized serve. These provide a good source of healthy fats, are high in protein, and a source of fibre – perfect for keeping you feeling full between meals.