Apricot & Almond Protein Balls
People often ask me what they can eat that is sweet and yet nutritious, well here is my Apricot & Almond protein balls. They are sweet and tasty with a pack of protein…………And they are simple!
The inspiration came after I attended the opening of the fantastic Sweet Beat Cafe on Bridge St in Sligo, run by the beautiful Caorlanne Rushe. I had my first apricot ball, and I just had to find out how to make them. My recipe is not the same, and that means that you can make them whatever way suits you, as I just added and subtracted to it to come up with this basic recipe.
These apricot & almond protein balls are a handy snack on the go, freeze well and are delicious with a cup of tea! I bring one or two with me to town or on a trip to the shops and know that all I have to do is find a nice cup of my favourite coffee to go with it. Having healthy protein snacks in between main meals helps to balance blood sugar and this leads to weight loss and stable mood.
All you need is dried apricots, ground almonds, desiccated coconut and chia seeds (optional) and a food processor.
Almonds are great for heart health, apricots are a good source of fibre and antioxidants, while coconut has lots of health benefits. Chia seeds are one of the highest sources of protein and a great source of Omega 3 and heart healthy nutrients. They also are a good source of fibre which helps to keep you fuller for longer. So these apricot & almond protein balls are a nutritious and tasty snack.
This recipe makes about 24 balls. I freeze some on a plate in the freezer and then put them into a few sandwich bags and store them. I keep the others in the fridge, and know that I always have a tasty and nutritious snack if I need to pop out or a sugar free non biscuit sweet with a cup of my favourite Rooibos tea! The kids like them too and are a good option for a sugar free, non processed snack for school or after school.