For someone who doesn’t currently have a kitchen, I have a hell of a lot of appliances on the go, including a NutriBullet, a Tefal ActiFry Express, a George Foreman Grilling Machine, and, as of recently, a KitchenAid Diamond Blender. Thank goodness I do too because they’re saving us from resorting to takeout every night and allowing us to maintain some sort of healthy eating regime.
The NutriBullet is perfect for quick and easy pre-gym smoothies, the ActiFry makes the best sweet potato wedges, the grill, that’s a no-brainer, and the KitchenAid Diamond blender is great for a whole load of things hot and cold, including, I’ve recently realised, making protein balls! Why spend money on expensive health store snacks when you can super easily make your own in minutes.
Ahead, my matcha, coconut and hemp balls — perfect for pre-gym/ post-gym fuel, or a healthy afternoon pick-me-up. I use Naturya Organic Hemp Protein Powder, which has 49g of protein per 100g, but you could swap in hemp hearts for a little extra texture, or a protein powder of your choice. As for the matcha, here I used Pure Chimp Super Matcha Tea, which is quite cheap matcha for baking with — around £10 for 50g on Amazon.
1/2 cup Hemp Protein Powder
1/1 cup Flax Seeds
1 cup Ground Almonds
1/2 cup Desiccated Coconut
2 tsp Matcha
2 tbsp Honey or Maple Syrup
3 tbsp Coconut Oil
Blitz up your flax seeds in the KitchenAid so they’re ground, but still slightly coarse.
Throw the rest of the ingredients in the KitchenAid and blitz. The ingredients should be completely mixed, but still quite dry.
Put the mixture in a bowl and knead lightly so it becomes more like a dough consistency.
Roll small handfuls into dense balls and lightly roll in coconut and/or matcha (the matcha will make them quite bitter). Pop them in the fridge to cool, and voila! Healthy, easy protein balls in minutes.