Raw, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free, could be paleo and organic depending on what you use for nut butter: Protein Balls
Yields 20 or more balls depending on size.
1 8oz package fresh blueberries
1 8oz package fresh blackberries or raspberries
1 8oz package fresh strawberries
½ cup coconut oil
10-15 pitted dates
1 cup cocoa powder
1 cup gluten free quick oats
1 ½ -2 cups no salt or sugar added nut or seed butter (I like crunchy peanut butter)
3 scoops protein powder ( I use Garden of Life Raw Protein Vanilla Flavor)
2 TBSP hemp seeds
1 TBSP Chia seeds
Up to ½ cup coconut or almond flour (for consistency)
In a high speed blender or food processor, mix all berries, coconut oil and dates until smooth. Mix with all other ingredients in a large missing bowl except the coconut flour. With my vitamix, I put the berries in first, then the oil, then the dates on top. This prevents the dates from gumming up the blades and slowing down the process.
Use a wooden spoon, it gets thick and takes muscle! I have broken a couple rubber spatulas trying to mix this up.
Once mixed the consistency should be very thick and moldable. This is when you will add the coconut flour to create the desired consistency. Using fresh berries always changes it.
The finished product should be a moldable, not too sticky “dough” Sometimes putting it in the fridge for a half hour or so can help solidify it a bit.
Once desired consistency is reached roll the mix into 1- 1 ½ “ balls and store in Tupperware. Can keep for up to 10 days in the fridge.
Nate Ewert, RMT. Owner of Somatic Synergies Integrated Bodywork and Intentional Path Wellness; Founder of Denver Hiking Club.