Everyone needs a good snack for when they get the nibbles. It just so happened that the other day I was craving salted caramel for some strange reason and I was completely out of grab and go snacks so I decided to make these protein bites. A high protein snack is great for all us veggies who need to make sure we get enough daily but also when you work out and need an extra protein boost these bites are perfect.
Almonds: Good source of healthy fats which promote “good cholestorol”, lots of minerals, packed with vitamin E for protection of cell membranes and glowing skin as well as vitamins from the B-complex group for good memory, anxiety relief and a stable mood.
Pumpkin seeds: Very similar profile to almonds but much more protein dense!
Pecan nuts: Contains important phytochemicals which can remove toxic oxygen-free radicals to protect the body from infections, diseases and cancers. Again rich in minerals, vitamin E and B-complex vitamins.
Flax seeds: Rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids which due to their anti-inflammatory action can help prevent clogged arteries, stroke and cancers like breast, colon and prostate. Minerals, vitamin E and B-complex vitamins.
Chia seeds: A complete protein, has a very low GI which helps to control blood sugar levels, rich in anti-oxidants and due to its outer membrane promotes smooth bowel movements.
I added hemp protein for an extra complete boost and maca powder to promote endurance, energy and hormone balance.
All great reasons to make your own nutty bites!
Requires a food processor.
Makes 18-24 bites depending on required size.
1 cup activated pecans
2 heaped tbsp flax seeds
4 soaked medjool dates
1 ½ tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp maca powder
2 tsp sea salt
1 ½ cup activated almonds
½ cup pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp chia seeds
8 soaked dates
3 heaped tsp hemp protein powder
Desiccated coconut for rolling
Activate (soak in water and little lemon juice) nuts over night to remove enzyme inhibitors which have a negative effect on our digestion.
Soak dates for 30 min.
Pulse pecans and flax seeds until chopped (see picture above).
Add the rest of the ingredients for the first mixture and process until combined in a firm sticky mixture.
Place in bowl and keep in fridge until second mixture is finished.
Pulse almonds, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds until chopped.
Add remaining ingredients and process until combined.
Place in bowl in the fridge.
On a baking sheet, roll first mixture into six rolls, 10 cm long.
Flatten second mixture in a rectangle 60x10cm.
Place one roll at the time onto flattened mixture and roll into the flattened mixture.
Cut flattened mixture when roll is covered, and roll in desiccated coconut.