Cacao and Nut Protein Bites

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I’ve started experimenting with protein balls/bites, without using protein powder. Something about using a food that has been processed and powdered and “isolated” doesn’t sound healthy to me. Plus the “quality” powders are extremely expensive.This was my first one and it came out really good.

That being said, I did use a hemp powder in the recipe as I had some on hand. This was my first try at protein bites and it came out really good. I made the bites fairly large, however, my recommendation is to make them smaller because it is fairly rich.

CACAO AND NUT PROTEIN BITES

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 c. almond butter
  • 1/2 c. raw cashews
  • 1 c pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 Tbl. cacao (NOT cocoa)
  • 1 Tbl. hemp powder
  • 1 Tbl. chia seeds
  • 1 Tbl. coconut oil
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 tbl.)
  • 1/4 c walnuts (processed lightly in blender)

Put all ingredients in a blender EXCEPT the walnuts. Pulse until a smooth peanut-butter-like consistency. It will be a bit oily. Roll into balls and refrigerate for at least an hour (or longer).

Pulse the walnuts in a blender until a coarse flour, or desired consistency.

Remove bites from the refrigerator and roll in the crushed walnuts. I rolled them all once and then went back and rolled again.SONY DSC

 

Refrigerate another 1-2 hours before eating. Keep refrigerated. Should keep for several weeks.

Enjoy!

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