Friday, December 7, 2012

Raw Food: Cashew and Cacoa Protein Balls

Just to assure you all out there, I am not constantly eating cupcakes and refined sugar! I still do struggle with food intolerances and so for the most part of my eating, I do eat organic and free from gluten, dairy, wheat, and eggs. It's such an easy lifestyle to maintain despite what you may think; and is even in fact enjoyable and tasty. These protein balls are definitely a testament to that and even tempt my friends who don't need to eat "raw" or organic or gluten free. The downside is that the ingredients are expensive, but in my opinion they are worth it. You can find all the listed ingredients in organic or health food stores. I usually eat the balls as a snack when I'm craving something a little more special. No guilt is necessary as they are packed with good fats, protein and balanced with seeds and no sugar

Ingredients
1 cup of pea protein powder
generous 1/2 cup cashews, ground to dust and some parts still chunky
1/2 cup nut paste (eg. cashew or macadamia)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds or pumpkin
1/4 - 1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup raw cacoa powder
1/3 cup warm water (you may need more depending on dough consistency)

Method
Combine all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, add nut paste, maple syrup and water and mix into dough. Mixture should just be wet enough to hold together as balls; however not too wet as balls will become sticky.  Form dough mixture into 3-4cm balls. Store in fridge or freezer. Makes 10-12

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