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Decorate with cacao nibs, shredded coconut or just leave plain :)

Decorate the protein balls with cacao nibs, shredded coconut, or just leave plain 🙂

Today I’m making GOOBIE BALLS.

(How they got called that is a post for another day lol!)

I came up with the ‘balls’ to replace my need for store-bought protein bars.

These are a great RTE: READY-TO-EAT.

These are designed to be an RTE: READY-TO-EAT. (Just put ’em in Ziplocs, then store in the freezer/fridge.)

(I knew the bars at the store were loaded with junk I didn’t need, but they were SOOOOOO convenient, and tasty.)

After experimenting for several months, I found a mixture with the right amount of sweetness — and packed with protein. (please enjoy the recipe below!)

First step is making the date paste (super simple ... just soften dates and process.)

First step is making the date paste (super simple … just soften dates with water and process.)

These ‘balls’ have only 1.3g date sugar per 1 oz. serving.

(And dates are the only sweetener used, so PERFECT for the No-Sugar-Added Challenge at Pure Austin. As you know, store-bought bars can carry about 18 grams of natural sugar per 1.7 oz. serving.)

Any nut butter will do, but I found this TJs raw almond butter has the right amount of oil to yield the consistency for the 'cookie dough.'

Any nut butter will do, but I found this TJs raw almond butter has the right amount of oil to yield the consistency for the ‘cookie dough.’

Ingredients:

3 cups Vegan Protein Powder (Sun Warrior Classic Natural)
4 TB Ground Flax Seed Meal (Nature’s Path)
4 TB Cacao Nibs*
4 TB Shredded Dried Coconut**
4 TB Trader Joes Raw Creamy Almond Butter
3/4 cup date paste***
pinch of salt
water
Directions
Measure out ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and add about 1 3/4 cup water. Use a mixer to blend together.
(You will probably need to add another 1/4 cup water as you are trying to reach the consistency of cookie dough. The mixer should move easily through.)
Then roll up 1 ounce balls with the dough.

(Makes about 40 servings/balls).

*In Whole Foods bulk section (spices area) **Whole Foods bulk section
*** (only 5 pitted medjool dates, warm water, makes about 3/4 cup paste)