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DIY – Vegan Protein Balls – Vanilla Bean & Maple

DIY Vegan Protein Balls AdorablestDIY – Vegan Protein Balls – Vanilla Bean & Maple Flavour – YUM! Easy to make and easy to eat on the go, or for a healthy snack anytime, with the added bonus that these delicious Protein Balls have NO ADDED SUGAR!

I have a confession to make. My last recipe Chili Chocolate Mug Cake back in February, was one of the last times that I ate a sugary treat. I found myself craving sweet things a little too often.  I took some time to re-evaluate my diet and since then I’ve been eating a diet based less on snacks that should be eaten in moderation and I’ve been incorporating lots more ‘good’ greens.

I made this change primarily to see if it would help some minor ailments (it has for me) but as a side note I’ve lost 10kg. I feel a lot more energetic. I’m not going into details about dieting here on this blog, or tell people how/what/when/where you should eat – it’s up to you, but I what I will share with you today is a simple recipe that I made up – for these Vegan Protein Balls. They are YUM! The protein mix is sweetened with Stevia.

Vegan Protein Balls Ingredients

You will need:

  • Prana Protein Powder. Vanilla Bean & Maple.  I used the measuring scoop that comes inside the packet (for the protein powder) for all of the ingredients listed below.
  • Almond Meal. I buy the Aldi Brand.
  • LSA. Linseeds, Sunflower Seeds and Almond Meal. Purchased from Coles.
  • Golden Flaxseed Flour. Purchased from Coles.
  • Shredded Coconut.
  • Cashew Nuts.  Roasted (Toasted) and Salted
  • Coconut Oil.
  • Bowl for mixing
  • Ziplock bag for crushing cashew nuts (after measuring, crush before adding to mixture)

How To:

Vegan Protein Balls MethodBasically where I have said Protein Powder x 2 – that’s two scoops – using the scoop that came in the packet and continued using the scoop for the rest of the ingredients for consistency. If you don’t use this brand or have a different scoop, it will just be a case of taste testing. Just keep the ingredients in similar proportions and you should be okay. When it comes time to add the coconut oil – add sparingly until you get the correct consistency.

Mix thoroughly and then roll into about 4cm balls = approx. 30g per protein ball.

This mix will make about 12 balls.

Adorablest Vegan Protein BallsRefrigerating them will harden them a little to bite sized morsels of deliciousness 🙂 Picture above is just after rolling, so you can still see the ‘glisten’ of the coconut oil.

I’ve weighed all the ingredients (for example 1 scoop of LSA weighs different to 1 scoop of almond meal) and then entered all the ingredients into the Food Standards Australia Nutrition Panel Calculator for you. If you are so inclined to read all the Nutrition Information of Vegan Protein Balls, here you go…

I’ve tried to be as accurate as possible, but please don’t use this information if you are on any sort of strict diet, okay!

Adorablest Vegan Protein Balls Adorablest Vegan Protein BallsAdorablest Vegan Protein BallsThis Prana On Protein Powder was purchased from my local Health Food Shop on the Gold Coast – $39.00 for 400g. The website if you would like more information about these Protein Powders is pranaon.com or ecosuperfoods.com.au  From their website, it says that you can purchase Trial Packs to find your favourite flavour also. I really love the flavour of the Vanilla Bean and Maple one. It sort of tastes like cake batter from the bowl

Please note: This was NOT a sponsored post for this or any other company. I tried it, liked it, shared it.

Claire

Chili Chocolate Mug Cake – 4 Ingredients and 1 Minute – EASY VALENTINE’S DAY TREAT!

Chili Chilli Chocolate Mug Cake Easy 4 Ingredients ReceipeMake this delicious Chili / Chilli Chocolate Mug Cake with just 4 Easy Ingredients and in 1 minute cooking time!

Yes I know there are about a million mug cake recipes out there, but this one is a little different, I promise.

So … Valentine’s Day is coming up and if you like a little hot and spicy in your life 😉 this Chili Chocolate Mug Cake recipe is for you.  This is my own invention and this treat is so easy, but oh so yummy with the coming together of a couple of (my) two favourite things – TABASCO sauce and NUTELLA. Read on for the easy recipe in all its deliciousness!

Chili Chilli Chocolate Mug Cake Easy 4 Ingredients Recipe

You will need:

  • Self Raising Flour. Otherwise use Plain Flour with Baking Powder (NOT Baking Soda!) to make the ratio of SR Flour.
  • Nutella. A staple in the cupboard here, but buy if you need.
  • Milk. Skim was in our fridge, but Whole Milk or other will work just fine.
  • Tabasco Pepper Sauce. The PLAIN variety. As delicious as it is, the Chipotle one might not taste the best in this recipe!
  • Mug. Since this is a Valentine’s Day post, I’m using this heart mug!
  • Long Metal Spoon. For mixing and eating.

Chili Chilli Chocolate Mug Cake Easy 4 Ingredients Recipe

How To:

As with many of my recipes, I don’t measure exactly, but somehow they still manage to turn out (mostly 🙂 ) and this is not an exact science, but what you do want is about –

  •   A little less 1/4  mug milk
  • 1/4  mug Self Raising Flour
  • 2 or 3 good dollops (teaspoon was used) of Nutella
  • A dash (or 10 – I love TABASCO sauce! depending on your hot and spicy tolerance) of Tabasco Pepper Sauce

You want to end up with a slightly thick batter mix and NO HIGHER THAN 1/2 full in your mug. It really raises and fluffs up, so don’t fill up to the top, or you’ll spend more time than this takes to cook, cleaning your microwave.

Chili Chilli Chocolate Mug Cake Easy 4 Ingredients RecipeMix BRISKLY with that spoon, which will shortly be used for gobbling up this yummy snack! At this stage, it doesn’t look particularly appealing …

Chili Chilli Chocolate Mug Cake Easy 4 Ingredients RecipeNow, Nuke on full strength for 1 minute – that is how long it took in our 1100W microwave. Time may vary depending on your settings. I’ve tried a few different settings and recipe ratios and this one comes out moist and the Chili Chocolate taste is just about right I think.

Chili Chilli Chocolate Mug Cake Easy 4 Ingredients RecipeI had to eat all of my ‘testers’, so I’m off to the gym. Bah, one more bite …

Chili Chilli Chocolate Mug Cake Easy 4 Ingredients RecipeYUMMO! Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day for the 14 February,

Claire

DIY – Raw Date & Nut Energy Balls

diy raw date nut energy balls adorablestDIY – Raw Date & Nut Energy Balls. Sometimes I feel like a sweet treat, but I also don’t like eating too much sugar, so today I made these.

My measurements may not be too exact, as I just sort of ‘winged it’ as I went along, with what I had available in the cupboard, so feel free to experiment too! You want to end up with a fairly sticky mix, that holds together. Mix in a mini blender or similar.

raw date nut energy balls adorablestHow to (makes about 20 balls):

  • 1/cup raw pecans
  • 1/cup raw peanuts
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds.
  • BLITZ.
  • 4 fresh dates (pitted!)
  • 1/cup sultanas
  • 1/cup raw rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon honey (I used Capilano natural pot set)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon wheatgerm
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • BLITZ.
  • Transfer to a bowl
  • Add 1/cup puffed rice (I used Freedom Foods, Aussie Grown Rice Puffs)
  • Mix gently and form into balls.

raw date nut energy ballsEnjoy! I’ve looked at the pre-made energy balls at the supermarket, but half of them was sugar and $1 each. These have honey and the natural sweetness of dates. You could also add carob button pieces (carob buttons come in a with sugar or sugar-free variety) 🙂diy raw date nut energy ballsClaire

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