Monday, December 5, 2011

Nutty Blueberry Protein Balls

From the "Primal Blueprint: Quick and Easy" Recipe book

Nutty Blueberry Protein Balls
Time in Kitchen: 15 Minutes
Servings: 12 Balls (macro nutrient profile based on serving size of 2)

"These little balls of protein are packed with tons of healthy fat and are the perfect snack when your on the run. They're also a health way to satisfy a sweet tooth. Change the flavor of Nutty Blueberry Protein Balls by using different types of nuts each time you make them. Other variations include adding cinnamon, dark chocolate, or dried fruit instead of fresh. Or, instead of coconut, roll the finished balls in sesame seeds."

4 dates, pits removed
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 cup fresh or defrosted blueberries (fresh works best)
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Pulverize dates in a food processor until a past forms, about 40 seconds (the paste will typically come together in a clump).

Add walnuts and macadamia nuts and blend until very finely chopped, about 35 seconds.

With the blade still running, drizzle in coconut oil and stop as soon as the oil is blended  in. Scrape the batter into a bowl and stir in the blueberries and 1/4 cup of the coconut.

Form the batter into round balls, then roll in leftover shredded coconut. Pop a few in your mouth immediately, and refrigerate the rest for snacking later!

Macro Nutrients:
                                Grams    Calories    % Cals
Calories                                        340
Fat                                 29           243          71%
 Saturated                       9              76          22%
 Polysaturated               10             82          24%
 Monounsaturated          9             74           22%
Carbohydrate                22            82           24%
 Dietary Fiber                 4
Protein                            5            16             5%

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I used equal parts pecans and almonds and dried dates (didn't realize it should be fresh). Also, the only coconut oil I could find was solid so I melted it to drizzle. I also had coconut chips not shredded coconut but just kinda shredded by hand. It turned out very yummy but kinda dry. Next time I will either add more dates (dried bc thats what I have a bag of) or almond butter to make it stickier.  I also plan on using other fruits. Still very yummy! I ate 2 for breakfast at 9am and was was very satisfied until 1pm for lunch! Enjoy!

~CitrusSqueeze

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