Vanilla-coconut protein balls with a lemon twist

Cooking time: 10 minutes (feeds 12)

1⁄2 cup cashews
3-4 liquid stevia drops
Pinch of fine Himalayan rock salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1⁄4 cup coconut flour
1 tablespoon psyllium husk
3 scoops vanilla protein powder
1⁄4 cup desiccated coconut (a little extra for rolling)
2 tablespoons nut butter (I like using cashew or almond butter) 1 tablespoon melted extra virgin coconut oil
3 tablespoons cacao butter
1 fresh lemon squeeze (about a tablespoon)
Dash of water if needed
Fresh lemon rind

If you’re using a high speed blender, blend the cashews up coarsely but with still enough structure to provide a nice texture and mouthfeel. Remove from blender and set aside. Add the dry and wet ingredients to your blender (remember to melt the coconut oil and cacao butter in a saucepan on

the stovetop – keep stirring until melted, and let cool slightly before pouring into the mixture/ blender), except the lemon rind and cashews. Mix everything up and then transfer to a mixing bowl where you can then add the lemon rind and cashews. Give the mixture a good mix with clean hands. Taste to adjust any of the ingredients accordingly. Add more sweetener if needed. You’ll find the more time that goes by where you have less refined sugar in your diet you’ll end up putting less sweetener in as your sensitivity to sweetness increases. Now if the mixture is either too wet or too dry, add a small dash of water or coconut flour and mix again. Roll into balls and in the desiccated coconut to coat and then refrigerate. If you aren’t using a blender carefully chop the cashews up coarsely with a knife, add the cashews, dry and wet ingredients to the bowl. Remember to melt the coconut oil and cacao butter in a saucepan on the stovetop – keep stirring until melted, and let cool slightly before pouring into the mixture. Mix everything together with clean hands, adjusting any of the ingredients as needed (as mentioned above). Add the grated lemon rind, gently mix through. Once combined well and a dough-like mixture has formed, roll into balls and in the desiccated coconut to coat and then refrigerate in an airtight container. Enjoy!



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