Rasberry almond protein balls


These little beauties have saved me this week!

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Whenever I feel like I need a boost, or the craving for chocolate kicks in, I’ve just grabbed one of these and they do the trick!

I don’t have specific quantities for these as I just grabbed what I had in the cupboard and threw it together – but I’ll give you a vague idea! It doesn’t really matter what quantities you use – it’s about what you like and finding a combination that’s tasty for you 🙂

What I like most about these is that they’re also full of protein and good fats. I also throw some l-glutamine powder in as I spend a lot of time working out during my week and need it to aid recovery. You can leave it out though – they’ll still taste delicious!

I used freeze dried raspberry powder in this version – I got mine online (here) but your local health store might stock it too.

2 – 4 tbsp Nut butter (I used cashew and almond)

2 – 4 tbsp liquid Sweetener (maple syrup, agave, sweet freedom – your choice!)

a big handful of Nuts – I used hazelnuts, almonds and cashews (you can chop these up if you want to – I couldn’t be bothered!)

a few tbsps desiccated Coconut

1 – 2 tbsp Chia seeds

1 – 2 tbsp Sesame seeds

half a handful of dried Cherries

2 tbsp of freeze dried raspberry powder

2 scoops of Vanilla protein powder – I use Pure Protein Powder available here  (you can leave this out if you want to)

1 scoop L-glutamine (optional) – I use Pure L-glutamine available here

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Put the nut butter and sweetener in a frying pan over a low heat. Stir while it heats through and combine the butter and sweetener. Don’t heat too fast or you’ll just end up drying the nut butter out. After a minute or so add in the rest of the ingredients. Stir well. You want to be able to squish the mixture into balls so if it’s too dry add a little more sweetener or nut butter. If it’s too wet add more nuts etc.

Remove from the heat and whilst still warm form little balls! You can roll the warm balls in desiccated coconut, sesame seeds, chia seeds, cocoa powder etc but I like my balls naked!

Enjoy!

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Raw Fruit and Nut Protein Bars


I’m currently doing the amazing 28 day Ultimate Fat loss Programme from Pure Form Fitness. It’s a fantastic eating programme with natural supplements and education and involves eliminating various allergens from your diet for the first 14 days. So as a result there’s been no baking this weekend but I was inspired by Gabby’s recipe at the veggienook and decided to make a programme friendly snack. It’s a combination of my raw cocoa-orange balls and Gabby’s recipe and it’s delish! I was sort of making it up as I went along so I’m sorry for the measurements but to be honest you can just adjust these as you like until you get the texture and taste you like – if you like more apricots throw some more in, if you are a nut fan up the nuts! simple! 🙂

handful of raw cashews

handful of raw almonds (normal or blanched – your choice)

5 – 8 dried dates

small handful of raisins

small handful of dried, unsweetened apricots (the nice juicy ones!)

A good handful of shelled hemp

I – 2 scoops of Pure Protein Powder (vanilla)

a squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Pop all the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until it forms a sticky dough/paste. Adjust the quantities if necessary – if it is too moist add some more nuts and shelled hemp, if too dry had a date or two, or an apricot. I tried to make this into bars – they’re a wee bit soft but they work ok! Line a tupperware box with clingfilm and then press the mixture in to it. Place in the fridge and then cut and eat whenever you need an extra protein boost, or just a nice yummy snack!

Almond protein bars


I’m always on the look out for high protein snacks for big work out days. I came across this recipe from Lifestyle inc and thought I’d give it a go. I subsituted the eggs out of the recipe and added some dried fruit as I like the tartness it adds. The original recipe calls them muffins but they’re pretty solid and dense so I think they’re more of a bar, though they’re not bar-shaped so I guess they’re more like protein lumps ?! 🙂

170g Almond Butter

1 cup Flaked Almonds

1 cup Coconut milk / Almond milk

2 cups Dessicated Coconut

1/4 tsp Vanilla extract

2 tsp Agave Nectar or Sweet Freedom

3/4 cup Soya milk with 3 tbsp Lemon Juice/ Cider Vinegar added (to curdle it)

6 tbsp Cornflour or Arrowroot powder

1/4 cup Unrefined Raw Sugar / Coconut Palm Sugar

A handful of Dried apricots, blueberries etc

Preheat oven to 190 C. Line a muffin tin with muffin cases or grease a set of small loaf tins (this should make 9 – 12 depending muffins on the size). Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Have a little taste and adjust the sweetner if you need it sweeter. Then pour into the tin and bake for at least 30 mins, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Enjoy! 🙂