By nutritional therapist Christine Bailey
These are a popular snack for children and 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.
(makes 20 balls)
220g nut butter e.g cashew nut, almond or peanut butter
2 tbsp coconut oil melted
3 tbsp xylitol or 1-2tsp granulated stevia to taste
4 tbsp coconut flour
60g vegan protein powder, vanilla or berry flavour
1 tsp acai or goji berry powder, optional
50g dried berries e.g cranberries, cherries etc
To coat: desiccated coconut
Place the coconut oil and xylitol in a pan. Gently melt the coconut oil and stir to dissolve the xylitol.
Place the nut butter, melted coconut oil and xylitol in a food processor. Process to combine.
Add the coconut flour and protein powder and blend to form a stiff dough. If too wet add a little more coconut flour or protein powder. The mixture should be firm but soft. Pulse in the dried berries and break up slightly.
Take small spoonfuls and roll the mixture into walnut size balls.
Place the coconut on a plate and roll the balls in the coconut.
Place in the fridge to firm up. These can also be frozen for one month.
About Christine Bailey
Christine is an award-winning nutritionist, chef and author. With a passion for creating delicious nourishing recipes, Christine has a reputation for transforming people’s health and love of real food. As well as seeing clients and writing for national press, Christine runs ‘Nourish’ cookery classes including popular hands-on days for children. Christine is an inspiring nutritional chef well known for her engaging style and enthusiasm.
Christine is the author of numerous health and recipe books including ebooks on paleo eating and gluten-free recipes. Her books include her popular Supercharged Juices and Smoothies, The Juice Diet Book, The Raw Food Diet Book and Eat to Get Younger. Christine has particular specialisms in paleo diets, allergy free cooking, digestive health, coeliac disease and other autoimmune conditions, allergies, healthy ageing and weight loss.