Snacks and treats are often where people deviate from an otherwise healthy diet and succumb to sugar-laden temptations. But not anymore with this recipe from our resident foodie, Connie, passed down by another great lover of good food, Jerry Flannery. The only risk with creating these balls of delight is that you may eat them all in one go, so I would advise coming up with a strategy in advance to avoid this. A lot of recipes for delicious treats are complicated with long and obscure ingredient lists. This, on the other hand, is simple and quick.
- 1 cup (200g) pitted dates
- 1 cup (120g) vanilla protein powder
- 1 cup (200g) raw cashew nuts
- 10ml almond milk
- 1 1/2 cups (300g) dark chocolate
- Blend the pitted dates.
2. Add the vanilla protein powder to the blended dates. Blend again.
3. Add the raw cashew nuts and blend it all up again until a firm dough is created.
4. In order to roll the balls add the almond milk. If the dough appears too moist, add a few linseeds and blend the dough again. Roll little balls and place them on a tray with parchment paper.
5. Melt the chocolate in a bowl. (A good way to do this is to rest the bowl of chocolate in a pot of boiling water and stir as it melts).
6. Bath the balls in the melted chocolate and place them on the tray with parchment
7. Place the balls in the fridge for at least two hours. Keep refrigerated.
Cairbre is the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Tipperary Hurling Team, having previously coached Arsenal Women FC and at the Arsenal Youth Academy. Blog posts inspired by a curiosity about the inner workings of the body and mind, and the pursuit of athletic performance.
UKSCA accredited, with a Sport and Exercise Sciences BSc, and Sports Performance MSc from the University of Limerick.