coffee + cacao nib protein balls

now that it's pretty much summer out there and we've been playing outside pretty much every day, we've been needing more quick fuelling snacks that can keep us on the move.

for this recipe I experimented with using my kitchen-aid mixer to blend all of the ingredients together. don't worry, I still managed to get a lot of use out of my dry-mix container to grind all the ingredients beforehand, but if you don't own a vitamix, it will be super easy for you to adapt this recipe if you use a coffee grinder or any kind of food processor. 

here we go:

1. Grind

  • 3/4 cup of sesame seeds
  • 3/4 cup of coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup of gluten free oats

in a dry vitamix or coffee grinder until you end up with a rough textured flour.

2. Pour the mix into a kitchen-aid mixer bowl

3. Add

to the kitchen-aid mixer bowl and set aside. 

4. Grind

  • 12 very soft (& pitted) medjool dates 

in a dry vitamix or food processor until they form a rough paste. add them to the kitchen-aid mixer bowl too.

5. In a small bowl, stir

add the mixture to the  kitchen-aid mixer bowl too.

*if you don't like stevia, then use 3 tbsp of any liquid sweetener instead of the water + stevia. You could also use creamy honey, maple syrup or brown rice syrup instead of date syrup) 
**date syrup is very common in many places in the world - unfortunately, not so much in North America. I recently found some for dirt cheap at the Italian Centre Shop.

6. Sprinkle

  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp Maca powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Lucuma powder (optional)

over top of everything in the kitchen-aid mixer bowl. 

7. Turn the mixer on low and keep increasing the speed until it starts to form a rough dough. You may need to add a tbsp or two of water, but before you do, stop the mixer and feel the dough with your hands, if it's sticky enough to hold together then KEEP MIXING!

8. roughly chop

  • 1/2 cup of cashews
  • 3 tbsp coffee beans
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao nibs

then add to the kitchen-aid mixer bowl and stir again.

SWEET. You've got your dough. Now roll the dough into approximately 25 balls and store in the freezer, then get back outside and keep adventuring.