The most vital part of any healthy diet is nailing the nutritional make-up of your main meals, but the importance of snacking should never be underestimated. All the chicken-breast-and-broccoli dinners in the world won’t bring your weight down if you stuff your face with cake and biscuits in between.
One surefire way to ensure your snacks don’t derail a healthy diet is to make them yourself because it’s basically impossible to sneak a load of added sugar into something you’re making yourself without realizing it’s happening.
This salted caramel protein balls recipe from Body Design ticks all the boxes for a fulfilling yet healthy treat. It contains oats, cashews and almond butter to fill you up with unsaturated fats and fiber, plus dates and a little dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Best of all, the protein balls shouldn’t take more than a jiffy to make. Plus an hour in the freezer to set, but you don’t have to be there for that.
Ingredients (Makes Nine Balls)
½ cup (75g) oats
½ cup (55g) cashews
1½ cup (260g) dates
Pinch of sea salt
1 scoop protein powder (vanilla recommended)
2 tbsp almond butter
Drizzle of melted dark chocolate (you can decide on what that means, but if you go overboard, expect the nutritional info below to change drastically)
Put the oats and cashews in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds. Add the remaining ingredients and blend again until all ingredients are well combined.
Roll the mixture into balls and pop these into the freezer for an hour to set.
Drizzle with a little melted dark chocolate and enjoy.
Nutritional Info (Per Ball)