Spring Hill Weight Loss – These protein balls are absolutely delicious. The flavor is so rich and chocolatey, it’s hard to believe they’re guilt-free. According to our Hernando Beach Dietitian, though, this is one of the healthiest ‘desserts’ you can have! If you have a sweet tooth or want a much-needed energy and protein boost, this recipe is for you!
NOTE: for this recipe, you will need a blender or a food processor
1 cup of raw rolled oats (even better if you can get your hands on gluten-free ones!)
2 tablespoons of unsalted peanut butter (make sure it has no added oils, salt or sugar – the label should only read ‘peanuts’)
2 tablespoons of tahini (i.e., sesame seed butter. If you have trouble finding it, replace it with 2 more tablespoons of peanut butter, or any other nut butter)
A handful of dried, pitted dates, soaked for a few minutes in boiling water
1 tablespoon of raw unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup of dried goji berries
1 tablespoon of flaxseeds
1 tablespoon of raw honey (optional)
Put all ingredients in the food processor or blender and process until you get a well-blended, semi-smooth texture. If the mixture is too dry, add a tablespoon or two of water. Roll the ‘dough’ into balls (or use an ice-cream scoop) and put them in the fridge to set. After an hour or two, they are ready to enjoy!
Health benefits of the Raw Vegan Protein Balls
Oats – Improve cardiac health; lower cholesterol levels; aid in diabetes treatment; help relieve constipation; help treat hypertension; improve immunity; can aid in weight loss; promote bone health
Peanut Butter – Rich source of protein; lowers cholesterol levels; prevents Type II diabetes; good source of vitamins; has antioxidant properties; regulates blood sugar levels; high in potassium and dietary fiber; reduces risk of gallstones
Tahini – Rich in minerals such as phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and iron; good source of methionine, which aids in liver detoxification; great source of calcium; high in vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15.
Dates – Good source of energy, natural sugar, and fiber; rich in minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc; contain vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, and vitamins A and K.
Raw Cocoa Powder – 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries; highest plant-based source of iron; source of magnesium and calcium; a natural mood elevator and antidepressant
Goji Berries – provide high levels of antioxidants and nutrients; improve immune function; promote healthy skin; protect eye health; help stabilize blood sugar; detoxify the liver; keep your energy and mood up; boost fertility
Flaxseeds – High in Omega-3 fats; rich source of lignans, dietary fiber, vitamins B1 and B6, calcium, magnesium, and iron; lower blood pressure
Spring Hill Weight Loss – About Batista Weight Loss
Everyone is unique. This means that not all weight loss goals are the same and not all techniques work universally. Our Spring Hill Dietitian will work with you on a one-to-one basis to create a customized weight loss plan and treatment schedule specific to your individual needs.
Depending on your exact circumstances, your treatment plan may include one or more of the following: