Green Mean Protein Balls

These babies may look Shrek-ish but are anything but- they are SUPER tasty and will give you tons of energy. They totally solve that "what do I eat before I workout" dilemma because they feel really light while packing a ton of healthy fat and protein. They're also an ideal afternoon snack when I'm feeling a little bit hangry. Plus, the matcha gives you a nice little pick-me-up. I make these on Sundays so I can have healthy snacks on hand throughout the week. Enjoy! 

  • 1/2 C pistachios (raw, unsalted)
  • 2 T unsweetened shredded coconut 
  • 1 T melted coconut oil 
  • 2 T almond butter
  • 1 scoop vegan protein powder (my favorite is Amazing Meal Original Blend, available at Whole Foods & other health food stores)
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 6 dates - pitted 

Place pitted dates in a bowl of warm water to soften for 10-15 minutes. Place dates along with the rest of the ingredients in food processor until combined. Taste and sweeten to your liking. If dough is too wet add a bit more matcha or coconut oil- if too dry add a bit more coconut oil or honey. Place some shredded coconut on a plate. Form "dough" into balls (a bit smaller than a golf ball) with your hands, then gently roll through the coconut. Cover and refrigerate.