Staying fit and healthy is important for both your mental and physical health, but it can be hard to get a balance right or know what works for you.
There are countless diets and fitness routines out there which can be confusing and not everybody has the time or money to train every day or even every week.
We know that protein is a great food source for your body as it will give you energy and leave you feeling fuller for longer.
To add, cashew nuts are a really good source of protein and good fats and chia seeds are packed with fibre. Oh, and this recipe has both!
Fresh Coffee is perfect to have every day as part of a healthy lifestyle, that is, depending on how you have it!
Coffee without milk has hardly any calories, and, due to the caffeine, it’s an effective and natural way to boost energy levels before a workout.
Not everyone enjoys coffee without milk, however. So, we’ve come up with a post-workout tasty treat that you can include as a healthy protein snack in your diet, which has that great caffeine hit and awesome coffee taste.
Ingredients (Makes 8 balls)
- 100g pitted dates (dried or fresh)
- 120ml Two Chimps Espresso (cooled)
- 100g raw cashew nuts
- 40g cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Pinch of sea salt
- Desiccated coconut (optional)
Make sure whichever dates you use have the stones removed and are halved. If not, chop in half and remove the stones.
Put the dates into a bowl and add your Two Chimps espresso. Leave the dates to soak in the coffee for about 15-20 mins—this will soften the dates.
After 15-20 mins, remove the dates from the coffee but don’t throw the coffee away. Put the dates into a food processor* and blend for about 2 minutes. During this time add 1-2 tbsp of the coffee so it makes a nice caramel consistency.
*We used a Nutri-bullet for this, and although it worked less well, it still worked well!
Add all the other ingredients to the date mixture – nuts, cocoa powder, chia seeds and salt and another 2 tbsps of the coffee.
Pulse the mixture until it forms a dough texture. If you want the balls to be crunchy, then don’t blend the mixture too much.
Once you’ve formed a dough, remove it from the food processor, wrap it in cling film and place it in the fridge for a few hours to chill down. The dough will be quite wet and sticky so this will help when you come to roll the dough.
When ready, take the mixture out of the fridge and cut into eight pieces, or whatever size balls you’d like. It doesn’t matter if your balls aren’t all the same size, but if they are similar, it will help for consistency. Roll the pieces of dough between your hands to form a ball. Set aside and roll the next.
Once all the balls are rolled, they are ready to eat! As an alternative, you can roll the balls in some desiccated coconut for some added bite.
To store, put your protein balls in an airtight container and leave them in the fridge. They will last up to a week, or you can freeze them if required.
Although these balls are full of healthy ingredients, they should be eaten as part of a balanced diet.