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 –
Sarah Wilson (I Quit Sugar) has just released her updated edition of I Quit Sugar Christmas Cookbook. If you are wondering how to do away with all the excess sweets and sugary treats over the festive season but don’t want to completely go green than this could be the perfect solution for yourself or maybe as a gift for a friend.
It comes as an e-book for just $19. Here’s what’s in it.
- 1/4 cup cashews (or use any activated nut such as almonds or pecans)
- 1/4 cup pepitas
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 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 <g class=”gr_ gr_92 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace” id=”92″ data-gr-id=”92″>mejool</g> dates soaked in some hot water first or rice syrup or maple syrup to taste)
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut and a bit extra for rolling
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- Optional extras: 1/4 cup chia seeds or flax meal or <g class=”gr_ gr_259 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace” id=”259″ data-gr-id=”259″>cacoa</g> nibs
- Using a food processor blend nuts and seeds until finely chopped.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend until well combined.
- If mixture is too thick <g class=”gr_ gr_258 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace” id=”258″ data-gr-id=”258″>remove</g> from blender and mix by hand.
- Roll mixture into balls using a tablespoon measure.
- Roll in coconut and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- 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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