Hey guys! I thought we would start something new and begin a What We Eat Wednesdays (WWEW) blog series! So basically, every Wednesday I will post one of our favourite, nutrient packed recipes for you, to make at home.
There's no better way to start off then with an old favourite -> -> -> Maple Vanilla Nut Latte Protein Balls! (it's a mouthful,... a mouthful of goodness ;) )
Let's get straight to it. There are no fancy tricks or quirks. When you use simple, whole ingredients making food taste delicious isn't difficult.
We always pulverize organic, gluten-free oats in a food processor or blender but of course, buying oat flour will work just the same too!
Aside from that, whole dates need to be food processed along with the oats. Otherwise stirring in a date paste should work too.
A side note...We use a food processor in most of our "no bake" baking. But like with all of our recommendations, find what works for you!
Ingredients (yield:12 Protein Balls)
100g Organic, Gluten-free Oats
100g MUNCHYYC Vanilla Latte Almond Butter
60g Pure Canadian Maple Syrup
60g Whey Protein (or any kind of protein you prefer)
+ a little bit to roll protein balls once made
50g Medjool Dates
30g Chopped Almonds (for addition at the end)
1 Tbsp Ground Coffee
+ Seeds from 1 Vanilla Bean
+ 3 Tbsp Water (for combining)
1. Turn oats into oat flour using a blender or food processor
2. Blend in the rest of the dry ingredients:
- whey protein
- ground coffee
- vanilla bean seeds
3. Add Dates into food processor and run until they have mixed well into the dry ingredients (should be a large granular texture at this point)
4. Add in remaining ingredients:
- Maple Syrup
- Vanilla Latte Almond Butter
- 3 Tbsp Water (if this is not enough add a LITTLE bit at a time - 1 tsp can make all the difference)
5. Remove mixture from food processor and stir in the chopped almonds - VOILA!
When you're done mixing all of the ingredients the texture of the batter should be thick, dense, and a little sticky. Once you have formed the balls - lightly roll them in protein powder (this adds a nice flavour and helps with the stickiness).
This recipe makes 12 good sized balls. Enjoy them ALL the time! They are AMAZING for a little caffeine kick in the morning, or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Say bye-bye to the 3 o'clock slump!
Of course, it's easy to head through the breakfast drive-through, or mindlessly reach for the donuts in the office kitchen.
What's even better is to show that healthy body some LOVE and try these! They take about 15 minutes to make, keep SUPER well (fridge or freezer) and we promise - the flavour will have your taste buds dancin'!
This is one of those times when you DO get to have your "cake" and eat it to! Munch. Munch!
Per 1 Protein Ball (12 Balls/Recipe)
146 Calories | 6g Fat | 15g Carbohydrates | 8g Protein