This recipe makes 12 servings (24 balls). Each serving provides 18 g of protein.
500 g of Medjool dates
1/4 cup (60 ml) chia seeds
1/3 cup (75 ml) almond butter
1 tsp (5 ml) cinnamon
1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
1 cup (250 ml) of protein powder (vanilla or chocolate)
1/2 cup (125 ml) pecan pieces
1/2 cup (125 ml) unsweetened shredded coconut
1) Begin by soaking dates in hot water for 10 mins to soften. Remove pits and blend in a food processor or high powered blender with ½ cup of water.
2) Add chia seeds, almond butter, cinnamon, vanilla extract and protein powder and mix well. Place date mixture in refrigerator to chill for 1 hour.
3) In the mean time preheat oven to 350 ° F. Spread pecan pieces evenly on a baking sheet layered with parchment paper and toast for ~5 min (do not burn). Set aside to cool. Once cool, crush pecans with a rolling pin.
4) Measure out 1 tbsp of date mixture and roll into a ball. Sprinkle crushed pecans and shredded coconut on a piece of parchment paper. Roll in coconut and pecan mixture. Place in freezer until frozen and for storing.
Recipe and photo submitted by Krissy Adams-Schofield, RD