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Skinny Date & Cacao Protein Bliss Balls {Vegan, GF + Sugar free}

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Only 6 ingredients needed to make these nutrient packed skinny date & cacao protein bliss balls. Perfect to keep in your handbag or the fridge when you need a sugar fix! They’re so soft, chewy & delightfully healthy.

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I am a big daytime snacker and if I am not prepared, I end up having the 3pm crash which ends in me reaching for the chic chip cookies…or the twisties…or the block of chocolate.  My snacking has grown to an all time high recently as I have started to workout in the mornings.  By midday most weekdays I have already consumed 2 coffees, a protein shake, a banana and my breakfast (usually boiled eggs or my new favourite granola).  The funny thing is, come 12 pm I am ravenous again and ready for lunch.  Now before you say it, I’m not pregnant, or PMS’ing, I just have a healthy appetite, a really really healthy appetite!

With that in mind, I was playing in the kitchen with one goal  – to create some healthy snacks that will help me get through the day so I am not turning to junk food.

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The ingredients below are pretty flexible, you can swap out the macadamias for other nuts, or swap the dates for another dried fruit like apricots.  We would love to hear about more flavour combinations, so comment below if you have any suggestions!

Also – don’t forget to hashtag #cookwiththemacadames when making our recipes. We’d love to hear how your went and get a peek at your kitchen table.

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What you need:

  • Food processor
  • Bowl

Ingredients (Makes 12):

  • 1 cup of macadamia nuts
  • 8 pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon cacao
  • Shredded coconut/chia seeds/cacao nibs to coat outside

Method:

1. Add all ingredients except coconut/chia/cacao nibs to blender.

2. Mix well until smooth.

3. Using wet hands, shape into balls.

4. Coat outside with topping of choice.

5. Place in fridge until firm.

Storage: Will keep in airtight container for at least a week (mine didn’t last that long at work, they were gone the first day!)

Bon appétit!

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For other healthy recipes – try Anisa’s raw chocolate fudge brownies.

 

Or my healthy giant peanut butter cup cake.

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Tegan – The Macadames. xx

comments +

  1. Anisa

    October 28th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    These look amazing Tegan – I love a good chocolate ball… mmmmmm!

  2. S|Modern Granola

    November 2nd, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Oh these look delicious! I need these in my life pronto! Raw energy bites are the perfect snack, especially when it’s chocolate… Great post!

  3. Anisa

    November 2nd, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm agreed! Let us know how you go!

  4. LEE @ Modern Granola

    November 4th, 2014 at 5:04 am

    YUM! I love recipes like this! Will definitely make these soon.

  5. Nick

    March 26th, 2017 at 9:30 am

    These do look absolutely delicious, however they really shouldn’t be advertised as “Sugar Free”. Dates are very high in sugar, I will be making some, thanks!!

  6. Anisa

    March 30th, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Hi Nick, apologies for the confusion. My blog as with many others, refer to sugar free when free from refined sugar. Apologies again.

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