Hemp and Date Protein-Energy Balls

Healthy Admin - Sunday, March 06, 2016

Written by Mussarrat Butt


1 cup dried pitted dates
1 cup mixed nuts (walnuts, Brazils, almonds, cashews)
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon of ground up hemp seeds (I used Pulsin Hemp Protein but you could also just grind hemp seeds in a coffee grinder)
1 tablespoon of maca powder
1/2-1 teaspoon of ginger powder
1/2 cup sesame seeds (for coating the balls with)


  1. I always check the dates have been pitted by cutting them with a knife before washing them in water. The last thing you want is to hear the crunch of a date pit in your food processor.
  2. I placed the mixed nuts in my food processor with a chopping blade attachment.

  3. I processed the mixed nuts until they were finely chopped and then emptied the chopped nuts into a separate plate.
  4. I then chopped the dates in my processor until they stuck together and formed a ball
  5. At this stage, I added my chopped mixed nuts, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of ground up hemp seeds, 1 tablespoon of maca powder and 1/2 a teaspoon of ginger powder. I then processed them until they were properly mixed.
  6. I then emptied out the mixture into a bowl. At this stage the mixture is dry and needs a little water to bring it together.
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  8. I added some water by just wetting my wet hands, I then scrunched the mixture until it all stuck together. 
  9. You may need to add a little more water to your hands as it depend how dry the mixture is.
  10. Finally, I rolled small amounts of the mixture into balls.
  11. As the texture was a little wet at this stage, I rolled them in sesame seeds. This added a nice crunch and some more protein too. I then put them in the fridge to firm up.

These protein-energy balls will keep in the fridge for a month, so they can be pre-made in advance. This recipe makes around 12 protein-energy balls so if you want to make up a batch then it's a good idea to double or triple this recipe.

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