These Chocolate Protein Balls are a great way to increase your kids' iron intake, with over 2.5mg of iron per serve.
1/4cupCacao Powderor cocoa
Process the nuts and seeds in a processor or high powered blender until crumbly.
Add the dates and cacao. Process until fully incorporated into the nuts and seeds, and the mix forms a sticky crumb. The mix should stick together when pressed between the fingers.
Roll spoonfuls of the mix into balls.
The protein balls can be eaten immediately, or refrigerated. The balls will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for approximately 4 days, or can be frozen.
If you are not using fresh Medjool dates for this recipe, I recommend soaking the dates in boiling water for about 10 minutes to soften them before starting the recipe as dried dates can be hard to process. Update: Some readers have found that this recipe can be a bit dry with the amount of dates. After considerable testing, I've found that the 1 cup of dates works well if you're using very fresh Medjool dates. If you're using drier pitted dates, I suggest adding an extra 1/2 to full cup of dates, and you may also need 1 or 2 Tbs of water to help the mix clump together. Soaking the dates in boiling water for about 10 minutes beforehand helps to soften them, too.
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