EXPRESSO PROTIEN BALLS
RECIPE BY @NUTORIOUS_
MAKES: 14 Large Balls
PREPARATION: 5 MINS
PROCESS: 20 MINS
WHAT'S IN IT?
60g pea protein
20 dates (medjool) pitted (approx. 6g each)
3 heaped (25g) tablespoons cacao
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp instant coffee and added to ½ cup (125ml) boiling water
½ tsp cinnamon
A large pinch of salt
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:
Boil ½ cup (125ml) water and add the ground coffee and stir. Set aside and allow to brew for a 3-4 minutes.
In the food processor combine all the ingredients except for the dates and vanilla extract and process for a minute until the mixture resembles a crumble consistency.
Once the mixture resembles a crumble add the dates and vanilla and process for 2-3 minutes until the mixture starts to come together.
Finally add the brewed coffee and process for another 2- 3 minutes. The mixture will slowly start to combine into dough like consistency. It may take a little while but persist, as it will eventually come together.
Remove the mixture from the food processor and roll into 14 equal sized balls. The mixture tends to make 14 large balls, vary the size depending on personal preference.
Once in balls finish them off by rolling in cacao, ground coffee, coffee beans or any other topping to your preference.
NOTES AND TIPS:
*The recipe is just as good without the coffee. Just substitute the ½ cup brewed coffee for ½ of hot water.
*If you prefer a stronger coffee taste substitute the vanilla extract for coffee extract. Alternatively add extra
You can substitute the nuts for other nuts. Quantities will need varying as different nuts have different oil consistencies and process differently. A good substitute is macadamias or walnuts.
All types of protein powders can be used. Keep in mind the flavour of your protein powder will vary the taste.