Protein balls make the perfect lunchbox snack, post workout snack or mid-day pick me up at work. Protein and the healthy fats from the nuts, nut butter and coconut are what you need for brain and muscle function and the carbs in the pumpkin, dark chocolate and oats will give you a natural energy boost.
This healthy snack is rich in
These took about 10 minutes to make, minus the refrigeration time. They store well in an air tight container for up to one week. To pack for school or work, keep extra cool, or keep in the freezer for a half hour prior to packing, so they stay solid while you’re out.
3 Tblsp raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup mixed nuts or nuts of choice
3/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
3 dried figs or dates, chopped
1 cup pure pumpkin purée
1 Tblsp nut butter of choice (I use almond butter)
1/4 tsp each cinnamon and nutmeg
a pinch of cloves and sea salt
2 Tblsp dark chocolate chips (optional), or dairy-free chips
1/4 cup shredded coconut for rolling
Here is the simple process…In a food processor or blender, chop the nuts, oats and figs into fine pieces.
Add pumpkin purée and nut butter. Purée until blended Add spices, pumpkin seeds and chocolate chips. Chop until fine or until desired texture is reached.
Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Roll spoonfuls into balls, roll into shredded coconut and place on baking sheet lined with parchment or plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for at least a half hour or until balls are solid and have set up. Store in an air tight container in fridge for up to one week.
Makes aprox 15 balls.
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