The best protein balls you’ve ever eaten

Smart snacking with our simple recipe for pistachio & cranberry energy balls
Nicky Ryan

Making your own energy balls is a great way to avoid reaching for the cookie jar come 3pm. Packed with fruit and nuts, these will satisfy sugar cravings and provide a burst of energy.




Combine dates and protein powder in a bowl. Put macadamias, pistachios and half the cranberries in a food processor. Process until finely chopped. Add to bowl with date mixture and stir until combined.


Put cacao cashew coconut butter and agave nectar in a saucepan and stir over a low heat until melted. Add to dry ingredients and stir with your hand until mixture is combined and forms a stiff paste.


Process extra pistachios until finely chopped. Finely chop remaining cranberries. Combine in a small bowl. Roll a tablespoon of energy ball mixture into a ball with a wet hand, then roll wet ball in pistachio mixture until well coated. Roll in your hands to press pistachio mixture on. Repeat with remaining balls.


Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Keep refrigerated up to 2 weeks.


Find cacao cashew coconut butter at health food stores.

You can also use other flavoured cacao or coconut nut butters or almond butter.

You can use honey as a substitute for agave syrup.

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