I ate some Cadbury’s chocolate the other day. I didn’t even get a kick out of the chocolatey-ness, it was just a sugar explosion. So I decided to set about making some of those round protein balls that the world and its wife seem to be knocking up.

If I had children at home doing revision, I’d want to feed them these treats (in between bursts of broccoli, obvs). Good fats, protein and a caffeine hit from the cacao. Perfect for ensuring algebra, latin verbs or key history dates all stick in place. (And not bad after a training session too.)

Here’s the recipe:

(You’ll need a food processor or lots of patience)
Makes about 20 balls

  • 100g dates
  • 250g almond butter or peanut butter (smooth)
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 25g cacao powder (plus extra for dusting afterwards)
  • 25g pumpkin seeds
  1. Chuck it all into a food processor and blitz until smooth.
  2. Either put into a tray and cut into small squares or do the whole rolling thing in your hands.

Too good not to share…if you manage not to scoff them all before anyone else gets a look in, of course.

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