Hot Cross Bun Protein Balls

April 16, 2019

Most of us see Easter as a time to indulge in a long weekend full of chocolate and hot cross buns. However, it is possible to still enjoy Easter without letting go of our healthy habits. Here are three ways to have a healthy and happy Easter:

  1. Start each day with a healthy balanced breakfast.The food we decide to eat to start our day can have a lasting impact on the food choices we make for the rest of the day. Make a nutritious low carbohydrate breakfast with a lean source of protein and healthy fats. This will stabilise your blood sugar levels and promote satiety, promoting appetite regulation. This will help to reduce cravings for chocolate later in the day.
  2. Practice eating mindfully and in moderation. All foods are okay to enjoy on occasion and in moderation. Easter is a perfect time to put this into practice. It is best to keep to your usual eating regime. Try not to adopt the mind frame of writing off the whole day just from having one Easter egg. Enjoy the treat. Let go of the guilt around chocolate to promote a healthy relationship with food. Save your leftover Easter eggs as treats for other weekends!
  3. Try our Hot Cross Bun Protein Balls!! Swap it don’t stop it. Substitute one of your snacks or Easter eggs for a hot cross bun protein ball. These are a great healthy treat option that will keep you on track with your weight loss goals.

Hot Cross Bun Protein Balls

Number of serves: 14, Serve weight: 30g

Ingredients

¾ cup almond meal
¾ cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon allspice
2 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon natural vanilla essence
95g cooked apple (or tinned 100% apple pie filling)
60g Be Fit Food Vanilla Protein Booster
1/3 cup sultanas
Desiccated coconut, for coating

Method

  1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients except the sultanas. Blend until the mixture is combined and smooth in consistency.
  2. Fold through the sultanas.
  3. Place desiccated coconut on a plate or clean bench top.
  4. Using a small kitchen scale, weight out approximately 30g of mixture for each protein ball.
  5. Wet hands and roll each 30g of mixture into a ball. Roll the ball in desiccated coconut, coating it.
  6. Place protein balls in the freezer for one hour and serve.

Note: Keep protein balls stored in freezer. They can be eaten straight from the freezer or place them in the fridge half an hour before eating to soften.

Average Quantity per Serving Average Quantity per 100g
Energy 485kJ (116Cal) 1580kJ (377Cal)
Protein 5.2g 17.0g
Fat, Total 6.5g 21.2g
  – Saturated 2.6g 8.5g
Carbohydrate 8.3g 27.0g
  – Sugars 5.0g 16.3g
Dietary Fibre 1.5g 4.8g
Sodium 23mg 75mg

Contains Milk, Soybean, Tree Nuts.