We are vegetarians ! Yes, my 18 months old included! As we know some of the vitamins and minerals e.g. B Vitamins, Omega 3 are very hard to get through a vegetarian diet. So, I have created this No Cook , No Bake, No Sugar – Protein Balls aka #energyballs recipe which takes care of those vitamins and minerals and much much more for us vegetarians.
These Protein Balls can be enjoyed by anyone; from a Toddler to Elderly. Here I am using more than a dozen ingredients. But when they combine; they transform into this magical energyball that you can munch on anytime and is super healthy! Shall we get started on this super quick and easy, no cook, no bake, no sugar recipe then?
▪️Oats – 3 Cups
Oats are the main ingredient here. Along with Protein and Dietary Fibre , Oats offer high amounts of many vitamins and minerals, such as manganese, phosphorus, copper, B vitamins, iron, selenium, magnesium, and zinc.
▪️Cashew – 1 Cup
Cashew are a huge source of monounsaturated fat (in other words, healthy fat, or cholesterol less fat) In addition, it also gives Vitamin K, Thiamin and vitamin B6.
▪️ Walnuts – 1 Cup
Walnuts are primarily made up of protein and polyunsaturated fat. They contain a relatively high percentage of omega-3 fat. They are an excellent source of copper, folic acid, phosphorus, vitamin B6, manganese, and vitamin E.
▪️Almonds – 1 Cup
Almonds are loaded with Antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds produced in your body and found in foods. They help defend your cells from damage caused by potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals. Also, Almonds is a very well known source of Vitamin E.
▪️Sunflower Seeds – 1/2 Cup
Sunflower seeds are excellent sources of several nutrients including Vitamin E and selenium.
▪️Pumpkin Seeds – 1/2 Cup
Pumpkin seeds are rich in Antioxidants, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium and many other nutrients.
▪️Chia Seeds – 1/2 Cup
Despite their tiny size, Chia Seeds are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They’re loaded with Fibre, Protein, Omega-3 fatty Acids and various micronutrients.
▪️ Sesame Seeds – 1/2 Cup
Sesame seeds again are great source of Fibre, Magnesium and Vitamin E.
▪️Dates – 1 Cup
We are using Dated here as part of our Sugar substitute. In addition, they’re good source of nutrients, fiber and antioxidants.
▪️Dried Goji Berry – Handful
Although, I forgot to place it in the picture; I used a handful of dried Goji berries in my recipe. These berries contain all essential 8 Amino Acids plus, vitamin C, Fibre, Iron, Vitamin A, Zinc and Antioxidants.
▪️Dried Apricot- Handful or less
I am using Dried Apricot again as a natural sweetener. Besides it’s high on Vitamin A, Potassium and Copper.
▪️Raisins – Handful or less
Along with being a good substitute for white sugar; Raisins contains good amount of Calcium, Phosphorus and Potassium.
▪️Honey Or Maple Syrup Or Ghee (Clarified Butter) – As needed.
You can use any of the three as the binding agent. I’m using honey as my Toddler absolutely loves it.
All you need to do is start grinding all the ingredients except the liquid one. Once the mixture is finer (as shown in the 3rd picture) start adding your chosen liquid binding agent spoon by spoon as you grind the mixture (as shown in the 4th Picture). Now, try and form a ball with both your hands. If it falls apart, add in a little more honey, Maple Syrup or Ghee (whatever you’re using) and grind again, the final mixture will look something like in the 5th picture. Now, form balls and enjoy the bliss.
Store in an airtight container/jar and refrigerate it. It can be stored for two weeks.
Enjoy this sheer goodness with your family! And stay healthy and safe!