These are a popular snack with adults and children alike and are also a great energising boost before or after a workout – perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up or when you fancy a sweet treat. Make a batch of these and store them in the fridge or freezer.
Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus chilling
Cooking time: 2 minutes
Makes 20 balls
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 3 tbsp xylitol or 1–2 tsp granulated stevia
- 220g nut butter (cashew, almond or peanut)
- 4 tbsp coconut flour
- 60g vegan vanilla or berry protein powder
- 1 tsp acai or goji berry powder (optional)
- 50g dried berries (cranberries, cherries etc.)
- Desiccated coconut, to coat
- Place the coconut oil and xylitol (or stevia) in a pan. Gently melt over a low heat, stirring to dissolve the sweetener. Allow to cool slightly, then tip into a food processor and add the nut butter. Process briefly until combined.
- Add the coconut flour, protein powder and acai or goji berry powder (if using), and blend again to form a stiff dough. If it seems too wet add a little more coconut flour or protein powder. The mixture should be firm but soft. Add the dried berries and pulse briefly, just to break them up slightly.
- Tip some desiccated coconut onto a plate. Take small spoonfuls of the mixture and shape into walnut-sized balls, then roll them in the coconut until coated on all sides.
- Chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes to firm up before eating. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4-5 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
Nutrition per ball: 117kcal, fat 8g (of which saturates 2.8g), carbohydrates 7g (of which sugars 2.5g), protein 5.5g