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Step Up That Snacking Game With These Salted Chocolate Protein Balls

Take high-protein snacks to the next level with these high-protein AND high-fiber spheres.

The most vital part of any healthy diet is nailing the nutritional make-up of your main meals, but the importance of snacking should never be underestimated. All the chicken-breast-and-broccoli dinners in the world won’t bring your weight down if you stuff your face with cake and biscuits in between.

One surefire way to ensure your snacks don’t derail a healthy diet is to make them yourself, because it’s basically impossible to sneak a load of added sugar into something you’re making yourself without realising it’s happening.

This salted caramel protein balls recipe from Body Design ticks all the boxes for a fulfilling yet healthy treat. It contains oats, cashews and almond butter to fill you up with unsaturated fats and fibre, plus dates and a little dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Best of all, the protein balls shouldn’t take more than a jiffy to make. Plus an hour in the freezer to set, but you don’t have to be there for that.

Ingredients (Makes Nine Balls)

  • ½ cup (75g) oats
  • ½ cup (55g) cashews
  • 1½ cup (260g) dates
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 scoop protein powder (vanilla recommended)
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • Drizzle of melted dark chocolate (you can decide on what that means, but if you go overboard, expect the nutritional info below to change drastically)

Method

  • Put the oats and cashews in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds. Add the remaining ingredients and blend again until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Roll the mixture into balls and pop these into the freezer for an hour to set.
  • Drizzle with a little melted dark chocolate and enjoy.

Nutritional Info (Per Ball)

Calories 159
Protein 5.7g
Fats 5.5g
Carbs 23.4g

Written by Nick Harris-Fry for Coach and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

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