Cashews and carob go together so well, and these little protein balls are full of flavour and nutrition.
Carob has tons of vitamins and minerals, like vitamins A, B, B2 and D2. It has no gluten and tons of protein. It’s also packed with calcium, potassium and magnesium. You can use it to help you lose weight and to improve your digestion. Cashews, on the other hand, have lots of copper and vitamin K. They help to lower your blood sugar and reduce your diabetes risk. Both of these have tons of antioxidants and are a good place to get some healthy fats that lower your cholesterol.
This recipe includes sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, and they are very easy to prepare. Kids and adults will love this healthy snack.
The carob balls take 20 minutes to prepare. You should refrigerate for two hours before you serve them, and they serve 12 people.
- What You’ll Need:
- A cup of dates, pitted and chopped
- Two tbs. of cashew butter (which can also be substituted with tahini or almond butter)
- A quarter cup of pumpkin seeds
- A quarter cup of sunflower seeds
- A quarter cup of cashews, raw and unsalted
- Two tbs. of roasted carob powder (you will need just a bit more for dusting as well)
- A quarter cup of plain vanilla protein powder (you can use half a cup of desiccated coconut instead, if you wish)
- Two tablespoons of melted extra virgin coconut oil
- How to Make It
- Start by blending the seeds and nuts until they are chopped finely. You can change the consistency of the carob balls by chopping the nuts to different sizes. So, for crunchy balls, use larger pieces. For smooth balls, you can use very fine pieces. It’s up to you.
- Next, place the dates and coconut oil into your mix and blend into a paste. If you want the balls smooth, just blend more at this point.
- Then, include the rest of the ingredients and blend them together.
- You can take the mixture out of the blender, if it is too thick, and mix it manually, if you need to.
- Then, take a single tablespoon of your mixture and roll by hand into a spherical shape. Cover the ball in a thin layer of carob powder and allow it to sit in the fridge for two hours. If your mix is too runny, you can simply add some protein powder until it becomes thick enough. If it is too thick, then just add in some coconut oil or some other liquid.