Choc-Hazelnut Protein Bites

Hello there lovely people, I hope you’re all doing well.

Happy new-blog-post-day 🥰

If you’re a fellow Maltese(r), then I’m sure your life has been somewhat affected by the new measures put in place to curb the increase in Covid-19 cases locally. I can’t say that I’m thrilled, I’m sure none of you are either. Whether you’re working from home and homeschooling or are worried about your business and are trying to make it work, the last thing you need is to worry about food.

That’s why I’ve decided to share some more super simple recipes you can make in bulk that the whole family can enjoy!

I shared a DELICIOUS roasted chickpea hummus on my Instagram and Facebook pages yesterday (both @holisticnutritionninja – if you’d like to check it out) and I’m going to be sharing a really lovely choc-hazelnut bite that the whole family will be sure to enjoy.

These babies are high in protein, high in fibre, are naturally sweetened and taste like little drops of heaven (friends reference – anyone? haha).

INGREDIENTS:

400g medjool / soft dates

150g hazelnuts (the ones pictured below are my all time fave)

2 tablespoons raw cacao

2 tablespoons cacao nibs

2 tablespoons hemp protein powder (OPTIONAL)

Dark chocolate (OPTIONAL)

METHOD:

Start by adding hazelnuts to a food processor and blitz until the nuts are broken into small pieces but not until they turn to a flour. Now, add dates, raw cacao, protein powder (if using) and 1 of the two tablespoons of cacao nibs. Blend until a paste forms into a ball.

Remove mixture from food processor and form into balls – I make around 15 balls from this mix but of course feel free to make them as small or large as you like.

Technically, you could opt out of using both the cacao nibs and the protein powder. I like using both because the nibs give an extra antioxidant boost and a nice crunch while adding the protein powder is an easy way of upping our protein intake.

Of course, you could use ANY protein powder you like, however, I do always recommend a vegan single source organic protein powder. My favourite is an organic hemp protein – subtle taste, just one organic ingredient, nothing artificial and very high in protein that is easy to digest.

Finally, the dark chocolate drizzle on top – this is also optional – it doesn’t add much to the nutritional benefits but it does add a really nice, slightly indulgent, touch. You really don’t need much – just a few cubes of melted chocolate to drizzle on top and then add your remaining tablespoon of cacao nibs on top. This adds a nice sweetness and crunch that is really enjoyable.

Whether you prefer to keep them simple or add the optional ingredients, I do hope you try these out and love them as much as we do – they’re super simple and quick to make, they last for up to 3 weeks in the fridge and are a perfect little bite when you’re looking for something yummy but still really healthy to nibble on during your ‘work-from-home’ days.

That’s it from me for today – I’ll be back with a new blog post Every Single Saturday 🙂

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Until my next post, be well xXx

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