I find these healthy snacks ideal to have on hand for the whole family. They are great for a portion-controlled healthy snack that includes a multitude of nutrients including healthy fats, natural sugars and protein. One of the most fun things about these types of healthy snacks is you can add super nutrient dense powders such as maca powder that can easily be hidden in all the other flavors. Pineapples are high in an amazing nutrient called bromelain that helps fight inflammation and improves tissue healing. These balls are delicious and sweet. And don’t be afraid to add other fun ingredients such as seeds and any other dried fruit.
- 1 cup (125 g) macadamia nuts
- 12 rings (60 g) of dried pineapple
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup (60 g) coconut butter
- ½ cup (30 g) shredded coconut, plus extra for coating the bites
- 2 tbsp maca powder
- 2-3 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
- 6 tbsp protein powder (I use the Reboot with Joe Protein Powder)
- sea salt, to taste
- Note: If the mixture is too wet you can add extra chia seeds and/or shredded coconut.
- Add macadamia nuts to a food processer and process, do not do this for too long. Then add the remaining ball ingredients and process until it is mixed well.
- Roll 1 Tablespoon of the ball mixture up into a ball then roll in the shredded coconut, repeat until all the mixture is done then store in an airtight container in the fridge for softer balls or the freezer for harder balls.
- Macadamia nuts – Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, hazelnuts
- Pineapple – dates, dried figs, raisins, sultanas, goji berries, peaches, apricots
- Chia seeds – flaxseeds
- Coconut butter – coconut oil, cacao butter
- Maple Syrup – honey, rice syrup
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour (in the fridge)
Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
- Nutrition per serving:
- Saturated Fat2.5g
- Protein 2g
Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.