Carob and Cashew Protein Balls


The time of year is fast approaching when lots of festive eating and drinking takes place… only 7 weeks to Christmas! Can you believe it! Well if you are in need of some healthy food items to serve at parties or for your kids to snack on, these Carob and Cashew Protein Balls are a perfect choice. The recipe is so easy to swap around ingredients making them suitable for all sorts of dietary requirements. This recipe is low fodmap, fructose free and low amine and salicylate. But there are so many other ingredient options and the texture can go from crunchy to fudge with a small tweak here and there.

NB: Please note that this recipe has coconut in it. Coconut can be a problematic food for some people who are amine and salicylate sensitive and for others it’s not. For some people the dried coconut is tolerable, but the milk and cream are not or it might be vice versa. If you know that you are sensitive to coconut then it can be easily left out. You can read more about coconuts and salicylate sensitivity here.

Speaking of Christmas –

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Carob and Cashew Protein Balls
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A great snack or sweet treat to share at parties and Christmas get-togethers.
Recipe type: Snack or Sweet Treat
Serves: 12
  • ¼ cup cashews (or use any activated nut such as almonds or pecans)
  • ¼ cup pepitas
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup cashew butter (or use almond, peanut butter or tahini)
  • 2 tablespoons carob powder (or use raw cacao or cocoa powder)
  • Stevia to taste (if not on a sugar-free meal plan you could use about 3 mejool dates soaked in some hot water first or rice syrup or maple syrup to taste)
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut and a bit extra for rolling
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • Optional extras: ¼ cup chia seeds or flax meal or cacoa nibs
  1. Using a food processor blend nuts and seeds until finely chopped.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until well combined.
  3. If mixture is too thick remove from blender and mix by hand.
  4. Roll mixture into balls using a tablespoon measure.
  5. Roll in coconut and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Sometimes the mix can vary in consistency. If the mix is runny then put the mix into the fridge and wait for the oil to solidify (approximately 1 hour). Then proceed to roll it into balls. If the mix is too stiff, try adding a bit more oil or a little liquid.

This recipe is suitable for:
fodmap - use a suitable nut
sugar-free meal plan - use the stevia option.
anti-candida - use only the stevia option.

 This recipe is suitable for:

  • fodmap – use only stevia and alternative nut option
  • sugar-free meal plan – use only stevia
  • anti-candida – use only stevia

What’s your favourite protein ball recipe? Will you try these Carob and Cashew Protein Balls?

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