Protein-Packed Almond Butter Balls

Looking for a protein-rich treat to serve as a delicious snack (at work or otherwise)? You’ve come to the right place.

I’m on Day 8 of the 14-day Conscious Cleanse (more on that next week when I’ve wrapped things up) and have discovered several delicious and healthy treats in the process — including this one! I need to point out one very important note here: These treats taste just like Girl Scout Samoa cookies. That’s right — my very favorite flavor of Girl Scout cookie in healthy, protein-packed form? It’s true. When I made these for the first time last week, Kevin tasted one and declared that they were even BETTER than Samoas. Whoa.

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So here you go:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/4 shredded, unsweetened coconut flakes (I had to hunt for these and eventually found them at Whole Foods)
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds (I couldn’t find these so I used flax seeds instead!)

Directions

  • In a food processor fixed with an S blade, combine dates, sea salt, vanilla extract, and raw almond butter for one to three minutes, or until smooth. (Yep — you have to pull out the food processor for this one. I hate it, too, but believe me when I say this is worth the annoyance.)
  • In a small bowl, combine coconut flakes and hemp (or flax) seeds.
  • Using your hands, roll almond-date mixture into balls.
  • Roll balls in coconut mixture and place in a container with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Store in refrigerator or freezer and enjoy chilled.
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