There’s a lot of recipes (and names) out there for this healthy snack and there’s really no wrong way to make them. I’ve seen them called protein balls, protein bites, energy balls, energy bites, and even bliss balls. I couldn’t make that up if I tried!
So what’s the big deal about this version anyway?
That might be best summed up by first knowing the good news and bad news:
The good news is they are filled with all kinds of healthy ingredients that pack a lot of nutrient punch in a small package.
The bad news is they are so delicious that you might eat them all within two days…or maybe that’s just me?!
Seriously, you’ll love this recipe to:
a) have as on-the-go option to power up with nutritional fuel instead of turning to empty calories
b) to eat something healthy that satisfies the sweet tooth when you want to eat something “bad”
The protein star of this bite sized show is my new fave protein powder by Ka’Chava.
It’s a really clean, pure plant protein that is gluten free, vegan, organic, and non-dairy with over 70 plant-based superfood nutrients and contains a digestive enzyme blend, adaptogen blend, and probiotic blend.
I know I know…..it’s crazy amazing!
The base of this recipe is dates, almond butter, almonds, and cacao. But I’ve also added goji berries, coconut oil, and hemp seeds to kick it up another notch. A food processor is needed to blend the ingredients followed by some manual labor to roll a spoonful at a time into a ball.
I mean, it really doesn’t get any easier than these protein balls!
One of the key differentiators about this recipe is the toasted coconut topping. It’s super easy and just takes an extra minute…it’s well worth it! It toasts in just a couple minutes so be sure to not turn your back for too long and burn the coconut (of course I did this the first time around!).
Banana Mango Nice Cream
- 1 C organic Greek or coconut yogurt
- 1 C frozen mango chunks + 1/2 banana sliced
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea Salt
- 2 T hemp milk
OPTIONAL TOPPINGS: Pick 2-3
- 1 T honey
- 1 T bee pollen
- 2 T sliced almonds
- 1/4 C granola
- 1/4 C berries
- 1 T hemp seeds
- 1 t cinnamon
- Combine frozen fruit, yogurt, salt, and vanilla extract in a food processor. Pulse until the texture is creamy and sorbet-like.
- Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides and pour the mixture into your serving bowl.
- Pick your toppings and place each in it's own section. Have fun with it!