Raw Protein Balls: Carob or Spirulina
I must confess, even though I “sell” these as a good protein source, I make these protein balls because they are delicious and are great to have a snack anytime and anywhere.
Also you can choose the flavour you like the most. In this case, I used carob and spirulina (not at the same time!).
All of us need a boost of energy along the day or along the week because, you know, this modern life gets togh sometimes.
So having a nice protein around is always a “must”.
¿Why are these Protein Balls so beneficial?
Simply, they are a complete protein meal. They contain all of the essential amino acids that our body needs.
We need two types of amino acids to form proteins. Essential amino acids and non-essential amino acids. And the Essential are the ones we need to get from food.
Foods with complete protein are those who have all of the essential amino acid. The best way of having complete protein in mixing different food such a grains, nut, cereals and seeds.
Well, this proteins balls contain complete protein 😉
Carob Protein Balls
Carob is typical from Mediterranean region and is similar to cocoa but cheaper and contains less fat.
Also carob is a good source of energy and for our digestive system.
Spirulina Protein Balls
Spirulina is one of those plant based food that contains complete protein, so it is the ideal ingredient to use in our protein balls, isn’t it?
And what is more, spitulina contains ¡about a 65% of protein!
So if you do sport, you definitely should include in your daily diet.
Now we know everything we should know, let’s makes this great snack!
- 1 cup cashew
- 12 pitted dates
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbsp carob and 1 tsp spirulina
- Optional: grated coconut to cover
- Soak overnight the cashews (or at least during 5 hours)
- Throw that water away and blend with the dates.
- Add the rolled oats and combine.
- Set aside half to mix it with carob and the other half with spirulina. Combine well each half.
- Form balls by hand and cover the with grated coconut. Let cool in the fridge for about 20 minutes.