Saturday, October 8, 2016

Caramel Protein Bliss Balls

It has been far too long since my last blog post. The days, weeks and even months seem to be disappearing incredibly quickly at the moment. I can't believe that we are already into October. This also means that it is only 4 months until I will be getting married! Although I am pretty organised so far, there is still quite a lot to do, including finalising what cakes I will be making for my wedding cake.

Over the past few weeks I have been doing some tests and I think I have the cake flavours sorted, now I just have to decide on what icing will work the best. A colleague at work put me on to Craftsy, which is a great online tutorial website. I have found a great Buttercream workshop, so hopefully between now and the wedding date, I will have perfected my icing as well!

Although I take my cakes into work so that it isn't just Jake and I eating everything, there are still quite a few cake off cuts and icing bowls that get eaten, so sometimes it's nice to have a bit of a healthier sweet treat available.

Lately, I have really been enjoying Tom & Luke's snackaballs, in particular, the Salted Caramel flavour. They are such a good treat and really affordable. Of course, in typical Libby-style, if I like something, I tend to try and recreate it at home. So I got together a bunch of ingredients, whizzed them all up together and rolled them into balls......

.... and they were nothing like the Tom & Luke ones.

However, it's not all doom and gloom news here. Although these bliss balls are very different, they were still delicious! They also don't have any dried fruit in them, which helps control the sugar content and provide a great protein boost.

So if you are looking for a great, portable snack without the refined sugar, look no further!

1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
1/2 cups almonds, roughly chopped
2 Tbsp peanut butter
3 Tbsp rice malt syrup or honey
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1 tsp caramel essence

In the bowl of a food processor, add the rolled oats, protein powder and almonds. Process for around 1 minute, until the almonds are finely ground.

Add the peanut butter, rice malt syrup, melted coconut oil and caramel essence. Process for another 30 seconds, until the mixture starts to clump together. If the mixture isn't binding, add a little more coconut oil.

Take tablespoonfuls of mixture, squeeze the mixture together and then roll into a ball. Repeat with the rest of the mixture. Chill for one hour to set the bliss balls.

Store in an airtight container and enjoy.

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