LEMON COCONUT ENERGY BALLS
180 grams Medjool dates (9-10 dates)
1 1/4 cups raw cashews
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup neutral flavored protein powder
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp salt (Pink Himalayan is great!)
2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
1/2 cup desiccated coconut, for rolling.
1. Place dates, cashews and coconut in a food processor. Pulse until the cashews have broken up quite a bit and are starting to make a crumbly paste with the dates and coconut.
2. Add in the protein powder, chia seeds, salt, vanilla and the zest and juice of the lemon. Blend again until everything is well combined, sticking together and the cashews are now a fine crumb.
3. Scatter the extra desiccated coconut over a tray. Scoop out heaped teaspoons of the mixture and roll into balls, dropping them into the desiccated coconut as you go to coat them.
4. Place the balls in the fridge to firm up a bit after you've finished rolling them. Store them in the fridge for up to a week, or pop some in to the freezer for a much longer life; they'll keep in there a few months. I quite like eating them right from the freezer!