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Fruit and Nut Chocolate Protein Balls


Fruit and Nut Chocolate Protein Balls

I grew up in a town of 500 people.

I’ve moved an awful lot since I packed up my P plated car and drove out of that place. But do you know what? No matter how many cities or country towns I’ve lived in, no matter how many people I have met, I’m yet to cross paths with anyone who has lived as these girls have lived. I’ve not met anyone who has endured such hard knocks and got up and got on with it like these girls do.

For a long time I forgot about the strength that is bred into us back there. I forgot that I was once surrounded by girls who stood up for themselves and said what they thought. I forgot that you can fall down repeatedly, but you can always get back up.

I forgot that you needn’t ever feel inferior or insecure or flawed.

I forgot to be confident and strong and to back myself.

But today I remembered.

I thought of them, those girls. Despite how infrequently we see each other we’re still friends today. I thought of their strength. I thought of all that they have been through and how proud I am of each and every one of them.

I thought of how much they would tease me for harping on about my stresses and worries. I imagined them telling me to get over it and get on with it.

And I was glad that they came into my mind right when they did, because their slap across my face was just what I needed.

Fruit and Nut Chocolate Protein Balls

  • 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
  • 4 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey*
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  1. Place the ingredients into your processor and blend until the nuts are chopped and the mixture is well combined.
  2. Use your hands to shape the mixture into balls. Place the balls into the fridge to set and to store.
  3. Eat and enjoy.

*you can use rice malt syrup if you prefer.

Makes 12

note – I like to roll these small and eat them straight from the freezer. It isn’t for everyone but it is worth trying. Also, make sure you use a protein powder that you really like, otherwise they will not work out.

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Vicki January 12, 2017 - 9:29 pm

Hi Blanca. These sound lovely. Can you share what brand/type of protein powder you use, please?

Bianca Slade January 15, 2017 - 8:42 pm

I am trying out a few different ones at the minute. Are you wanting a whey based or vegan?

sue March 9, 2017 - 7:33 pm

Hi Bianca
Just wondering how you’re going with trying out protein powders and if you’ve found a vegan one you like best and would work well in this recipe?

Bianca Slade March 10, 2017 - 8:04 pm

I have only tried a couple of whey ones so far. I did play around with vegan ones a few years ago and didn’t find one that I felt was worth going back too…I will keep looking! x

sue March 10, 2017 - 9:05 pm

I’m not vegan but have been using a brown rice protein powder. I don’t mind trying out some whey ones. Do you mind if I ask which has been your favourite whey protein powder so far? Any advice appreciated. X

Bianca Slade April 2, 2017 - 12:18 pm

To be honest I haven’t tried one I would buy again as yet so don’t want to recommend at this stage.

sue April 2, 2017 - 4:26 pm

No worries. I’ll let you know if I stumble across any good ones 🙂 I hear Bare Blends is supposed to be good and recommended by “I quit sugar” but it was a bit pricey for me esp. after adding postage. The search continues…

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