I know protein ball recipes are ten a penny here on the internets and I’ve tried many a ball recipe on Pinterest with varying degrees of success. However, at the weekend I bought some balls from a local store which were A-Maze-Ing and I really wanted to replicate that taste at home without spending £1 a ball <—-eek! They tasted like
heaven chocolate marzipan. Mmmmm chocolate marzipan…..
Ok so you can’t really call these balls, more like lumps, and foodie photog i am not!
The basis for any protein ball is usually dried stuff like protein powder, nuts, shredded coconut etc mixed with liquids like coconut oil and nut butters to bind them <—– you’re welcome for this explicit and knowledgable explanation of protein balls. For these balls I decided to use dates as a sweet base, I knew I needed almonds for that marzipan taste and I also added chocolate protein powder. They turned out pretty flipping yummy if I do say so myself.
The final recipe (this makes a small amount – I’m fickle with flavours and can’t keep eating the same balls day after day)
Half a cup of dates
Half a cup of ground almonds
Big scoop of protein powder
Generous spoonful of smooth almond butter (or enough to bind)
Blitz away and once the mixture looks like bread crumbs form into balls with your hands.
My new healthy breakfast that tastes like a treat!! I add a teaspoonful of hot chocolate powder and a shake each of cinnamon and nutmeg while the oats are cooking in a pan on the hob and it is scrummy! I’m not mad keen on sweet breakfasts – never understood the whole frosties or coco pops thing but the chocolate powder i use is not too sweet and just gives it a lovely flavour and creamy texture. I use this powder from M&S but you could use any you have hanging round the house.
I’ve also added blueberries and sultanas to the bowl so i can legitimately say i’ve had at least one of my five a day before the day has really started. For a protein boost (for all you New Year’s resolutioners) you can add a scoop of chocolate or vanilla protein powder or whip an egg white in while the oats are still cold. If you are trying to keep it heathy make sure you get whole oats not rolled or processed in any way. There’s no need to buy the microwaveable packets either because you can microwave any porridge oats.
Enjoy! Let me know if you try this or you have any other amazing oaty flavours to share. I also love almond and desiccated coconut.
A bit late to inspire anyone so this is more just a post to show-off!! As i posted last time i hand made a few Christmas pressies this year for my family. I couldn’t post about it because my sister reads my blog and it would’ve spoiled the surprise. So here’s how it all turned out.
Firstly I made toffee for my father in law. This is the single most terrifying thing i have ever cooked. Me being anywhere near boiling fat and sugar seemed like a recipe for disaster but actually it turned out OK. I covered part of the toffee with chocolate and left the other half plain.
Next I made vanilla essence for my Dad, my big sis and my Gran who are all keen bakers (and very accomplished at it too i might add). This just basically involves splitting vanilla pods and adding to vodka. I poured the mix into these cute Kilner bottles. The hardest part of this recipe is trying not to drink all the vodka (particularly while trying to steady nerves when making toffee!!) – especially after you’ve added the vanilla as it smells divine.
I then placed stickers on the bottles that i found here. The finished product is below. The essence slowly turns brown and is ready to use in three months.
Finally I made candied nuts for my mother in law. These are super easy to make – you whisk up an egg with a load of sugar and whatever spice you wish to use (i used cinnamon on pecans and almonds) then bake on a really low heat, turning occasionally, for an hour. A side effect is that the house smells amazing for a good while after (and you get to eat any nuts that don’t fit in the jars or that happen to fall into your mouth!!).
I put the toffee and nuts into Kilner jars and added labels that I found here. It’s amazing that such talented people are willing to share things like this. I’m sure you’ll agree they are great.
I’m really pleased with the results and my recipients seemed to be happy. Above all no-one has seemed to suffer any poisoning after eating any of the products i made. So that’s a bonus.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Looking forward to the New Year now.
This week I have had a revelation in overnight oats! Regular readers of my blog and stalkers of mine will know my life long dream is to find the perfect breakfast. Many search for ultimate truth, the meaning of the universe, the holy grail, i want a delicious breakfast that keeps me full until midday. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.
Weekdays i live on porridge and i love it but hot breakfasts on warm days don’t really go together and i’m always looking for ways to get an extra 30 seconds on the snooze button so i’ve been trying overnight oats a few times (no cooking time see). They’ve always been ok, not great, just ok. Other bloggers rave about their overnight oats so i guessed i was doing something wrong as mine looked like the gruel they served Oliver (you getting the post title now???).
That all changed when i read Running to the Kitchen recently where she posted about her Almond Joy Oats. Now i’m not a massive fan of coconut, or following recipes, so i didn’t make her exact recipe but i had to try almond essence in my oats. It is AMAZING.
OK it still looks like gruel but i promise you, if you like almonds you have to try this. It’s soooo good. And those are blueberries by the way!
Tomorrow I have my first Touch Rugby training. Some friends and I have joined a mixed league. None of us have ever played before so it should be pretty funny. Apparently you get a point for just turning up to each game so we are banking on getting lots of those. If anyone has any Touch Rugby tips please, please throw them my way – we need all the help we can get. Oh yeah and our team shirts are fluorescent lime green. Now i like bright stuff but wow! Pictures may come shortly!