These are a great high-protein snack to keep on hand in the fridge. The cashew butter gets a gut health tick because cashews are an excellent source of prebiotics – the fibre that feeds the good guys in your microbiome. Hemp seeds are another favourite of mine. They’re from the same species as cannabis, but they don’t have any psychoactive effects. On the contrary, they’re exceptionally nutritious and a rich source of protein, omega fats and various vitamins and minerals.
3 tbs (75g) cashew butter (or your preferred nut or seed butter)
1 cup (100g) quality vanilla protein powder (or your preferred flavour – gluten free if needed)
80g almond meal (see Tip)
Generous pinch sea salt
1 cup (90g) desiccated coconut, plus extra to roll
120ml filtered water
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbs raw honey
3 tbs (45g) raw hemp seeds
Place cashew butter, protein powder, almond meal and salt into a food processor or high-powered blender and process until combined (Thermomix: 10 sec/speed 5).
Add coconut, water, vanilla and honey and process until combined (Thermomix: 10 sec/speed 5).
Add hemp and mix through by hand until combined (Thermomix: 8 sec/reverse/speed 5).
Roll into 30 balls and roll in coconut.
Store in sealed container in fridge.
If you have a Thermomix, you can make your own almond meal using raw or dry roasted almonds and milling them to a fine consistency (10 sec / speed 8) before adding the remaining ingredients in step 1.