I’ve never been the kind of person that gets on with online food shopping. The whole idea of someone else picking my avocados without giving them a squeeze really annoys me; especially when the food shop arrives and I’ve got 8 massively under-ripe fruits that I can’t use for a week. Furthermore, those 8 solid rounds all ripen at the same pace and go from 0-sh*t in a matter of hours. Regardless, I find myself having to do it every few weeks when I just don’t have the time to do the kind of food shopping I would really love to do.
In an ideal world, I would do the whole bakers, farm shop and then the butchers, but it’s only the latter that I manage, so while my fruit and veg most likely comes from overseas (oh the shame!) I get my meat from a local butcher and that’s just about good enough for my conscience and green credentials. But it’s all of the little bits that we need every week for packed lunches that annoy me; yogurts and snacks, and in particular cereal bars. I found myself getting bored to bits of the sugar-coated, rubbish filled so-called granola bars that are packaged up as healthy alternatives to chocolate, but giving us nothing in terms of health and wellness. Mr P and I usually chew on a cereal bar when the mid-morning grumbles start in our tummies, but it gets boring after a while, eating the same thing everyday. So I thought, ‘why not switch it up a bit? Why not try something a bit different?’
I remember seeing some tasty-looking protein balls from a yoga-fit, healthy and inspiring lady online, and thinking about how great they looked, so after searching for an online recipe, I decided to try my own and put my twist on them. The result was a yummy, raw cacao ball thats packed with energy, protein, flavour and good stuff. They’re easy to whip up in a blender and keep for a few days so they’re great for packed lunches or those moments when you need to satisfy the chocolate cravings!
A handful of walnuts
A handful of almonds
1 tbsp of peanut butter
1 tbsp of honey
1 tbsp of chia seeds
1 tbsp maca powder
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tbsp mixed seeds
In a blender, throw in the nuts and seeds and grind until coarse. If you want a finer texture to your cacao balls then blend for longer until you reach the consistency you want. Add the prunes, peanut butter, honey and chia seeds and blend until a large dough ball forms. Add the powders and blend again until all incorporated. Take a teaspoon of the mixture and roll into a ball and then place on a plate. You can get 10 balls out of this mixture, or more if you don’t eat it as you go along. Refrigerate for a few hours and enjoy whenever you fancy!
Let me know what you think of this recipe, and whether you liked them.