We were couch surfing during COVID restrictions, stuck in Australia waiting to get back to the boat. When my son Alex went to New Zealand to visit family, we had the house to ourselves for ten days… bliss.
While rummaging around in a cupboard, I found a container of protein powder with only half a cup left. I decided this was an excellent opportunity to make protein balls. Trying to include foods high in protein, I came up with the following recipe.
1 avocado, mashed
2 tablespoons runny honey (add more if you want them to be sweet)
4 tablespoons water
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup chocolate flavoured protein powder
1/2 cup *LSA
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup cashews, roughly chopped
shredded coconut (optional)
Mix together the avocado, honey and two tablespoons of water. Add the chia seeds, mix well and allow to sit for a couple of minutes. Add protein powder, LSA, coconut flour, cocoa and cashews.
Mix well. The dough is quite firm. Roll into balls and coat the balls with coconut if desired. Refrigerate.
About the ingredients
Avocado – nutrient-rich and high in protein compared to other fruits, also full of good fat.
Coconut flour – high in protein and fibre and low in carbs.
*LSA – Linseed, Sunflower Seed and Almond – high in protein and iron, also has good fats (omega 3 and 6).
Cashew – rich in protein, low in sugar and high fibre, also has good heart-healthy fats.
Cocoa – low in fat and sugar and rich in phytonutrients.
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