These simple protein bites are a big hit with the children. When I made the first batch they went down very quickly so I have learnt to double the recipe. They are a perfect sweet treat and ideal as an energy boost pre or post workout. Make a batch of these and store them in the fridge or freezer so you always have a healthy treat to hand. For a vegan option swap to a pea protein powder
Difficulty – Easy
Time – 10 minutes, 30 mins chilling time
Makes – 20 balls
What’s good about it?
These protein packed bites are naturally sweet with the addition of dried cherries. The nut butter provides plenty of healthy fats while the berry powder gives these a antioxidant burst
- Place the coconut oil and xylitol in a pan. Gently melt the coconut oil and stir to dissolve the xylitol.
- Place the nut butter, melted coconut oil and xylitol in a food processor. Process to combine.
- Add the coconut flour, berry powder and protein powder and blend to form a stiff dough. If too wet add a little more coconut flour or protein powder. The mixture should be firm but soft. Pulse in the dried berries and break up slightly.
- Take small spoonfuls and roll the mixture into walnut size balls.
- Place the coconut on a plate and roll the balls in the coconut
- Place in the fridge to firm up. These can also be frozen for 1 month.
Xylitol is a natural sweetener (known as a sugar alcohol) derived from the fibrous parts of plants. It does not break down like sugar and can help keep a neutral pH level in the mouth making it useful for dental health. It also has about 40% less calories of regular sugar. Commercial products are typically produced from birch
220g nut butter e.g cashew nut, almond
2tbsp coconut oil melted
3tbsp xylitol or 1-2tsp granulated stevia to taste
4tbsp coconut flour
60g vegan protein powder chocolate or vanilla
50g dried berries e.g cranberries, cherries etc
desiccated coconut for rolling