by shawne on February 5, 2014

in Fab Foods

Yes, Balls.  As the only female in my male-dominated home, I can tell you that the word “Balls” elicits belly laughs no matter the context.  And it never seems to get old.  Its right up there with bathroom humor.  So, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.  When you try to get your guys to convert to healthy eating there are lots of challenges.  The skepitical one, the picky one, and the sugar addict need something to unify their tastes.  It takes trial and error.  But honestly, healthy eating comes in all shapes and forms.  It was simply time to speak their language.  It was time to make balls!

I’m talking about protein balls, the new age snack that is typically homemade.  You may of heard about these.  They are usually made of super healthy ingredients like seeds, seed or nut butters, and fruit.  You may be more familiar with their first cousin- the healthy bar.  Protein balls may very well be the kale of 2014 but even if they don’t gain the same notoriety, it is worth your while to give them a whirl to get your own family familiar with healthy snacking on superfoods.  We all know that protein wards off the “I’m so hungry, I’m ready to eat whatever isn’t nailed down” feeling too.  They’ve become a staple for me and I admit that I like the chuckles I get when I make them.  Feel free to make them into bars or even hearts for Valentine’s Day.  Whatever floats your boat.

Here are two recipes to get you started:





[Makes 8-12 bars or balls]

1 cup pumpkin seeds

½ cup sunflower seeds

1 cup soft Medjool dates, soaked
for 1 hour

1 cup goji berries

¼ cup ground flax seeds

Pinch sea salt

2 tablespoons raw cacao powder

Mix the ingredients. In a food processor combine the pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Pulse for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Place the ground seeds in a separate bowl and set aside.  Add the soaked dates and goji berries to the food processor and process until there are no large pieces. When the mixture resembles dough, stop the food processor and stir with a spoon. Add in the ground pumpkin and sunflower seeds back to the food processor along with the flax seeds, sea salt, and cacao powder.  Pulse together all the ingredients again until everything is well incorporated and can stick together.


Serving suggestions. Spread the mixture evenly into a pan to make bars. You can also make protein balls by using an ice cream scooper and placing each ball on a cookie sheet. Place the bars into the refrigerator for one hour before serving.





[Makes 8-12 bars or balls]

6 tablespoons sunbutter

4 tablespoons cacao
(or unsweetened cocoa)

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon ground flax seeds, chia seeds, or almond meal

1 scoop pea protein OR hemp protein

15 drops of liquid stevia OR 1 tablespoon honey/agave

Pinch of sea salt

Water (as needed)

Shredded coconut

Combine the ingredients. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Stir and slowly add water until you get the desired consistency of your protein ball (about 6 tablespoons of water).


Mold the protein balls. Mold the dough into little balls and place them on a cookie sheet or wax paper. You can eat them right away or freeze them for 10-15 minutes. Roll each ball in a bowl of shredded coconut – feel free to dust them with more cacao for an extra boost of antioxidants.


I could not resist ending this post with this classic 1998 skit from Saturday Night Live (courtesy of Live Leak).  I hope you enjoyed it!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

JoAnn February 5, 2014 at 4:13 am

LOL Love the recipes & Love the humor!! I get it!!


shawne February 7, 2014 at 1:50 pm

I know you do!


Leslie Hanft February 6, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Great recipes and very funny post! I am also the only girl in a house full of boys (even the cats are all boys!) so I get it:) Going to try these recipes soon – what great snacks when you are on the go.


shawne February 7, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Thanks Leslie. Truth be told, the one year old yellow lab is a female but her behavior is similar to theirs. Enjoy the recipes.


Amanda Daley February 7, 2014 at 3:44 am

These look great – can’t wait to try!


shawne February 7, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Thanks Amanda!


Cathy Sykora February 10, 2014 at 3:02 am

I love these recipes! I have made variations of the protein balls before and love how convenient and healthy they are. They are perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth and getting in some quality nutrients! I will definitely need to try these recipes. Thank you for sharing!


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