Well hello there. It has been eons since I’ve posted, I know. I had a bug within my site, then decided to revamp it and get a new design and low and behold here we are NINE months laters. Sheesh! I am excited to be back and I have LOTS of things up my sleeve to post. I thought I would start first with a simple ball recipe. You know I love balls…har har… 🙂 You can go back on the blog and see my 5 days of ball recipes. I love to make balls because they make an easy snack/treat and can store in the freezer…if you have self control not to keep getting them out. I do not. Therefore, I give them away and make other people happy, spread the ball love and inspire people to make their own healthy snacks. Win win 🙂
These pecan balls are made with Raw Organic Whey. I’ve never been a fan of protein powder because it seems to always be filled with junk ingredients. Plus it never felt good in my digestive system (ding ding- always a key something ain’t right when your body has a hard time digesting it). I recently added a couple of different nutritional seminars who kept totting on the benefits of glutathione AKA the “mother of all antioxidants.” Antioxidants are crucial for eliminating free radicals from the body which we are exposed to now more than ever. It is also an essential factor in energy utilization, detoxification and disease prevention. Turns out one of the best sources to get glutathione is whey protein. I found this beautiful company that sells pure whey from grass fed cows, has NOTHING added, and is low heat processed (important so the protein is not denatured). I love it! It’s creamy and delicious all on it’s own. I’ve been using it for a few months now after I exercise in the morning. We sell it at our office now so stop on by if you’re local and would like to try it!
Now onto the balls! I made these with fresh pecans. I always soak and dehydrate my nuts to neutralize the enzyme inhibitors. I know this seems like a lot of work but I can tell you it makes a BIG difference in how they taste and are digested in your system. Pecans especially have a nice buttery flavor after they are soaked and dehydrated. It’s easiest to do this by buying your nuts in bulk soaking/dehydrating a large batch at a time. If you have any specific questions regarding the process just comment below and I’ll get back with you :–)
- 1 ½ C pecans
- 8 dates, pitted
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp honey (optional for sweeter flavor)
- ½ C raw organic whey protein
- coconut flakes for rolling (optional)
- Place pecans and dates into food processor and process until finely ground
- Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and mix until everything is incorporated.
- Roll into balls and then coconut flakes if desired.
- Store in refrigerator or freezer
Warning: If you eat too many your muscles might pop out like this