Peanut and sesame protein balls are uber delicious and easy to make. These are great to make as a part of your meal prep for a healthy sweet treat for the week.
What are Protein Balls?
Protein balls are healthy bites mostly good for snacking. They are rich in healthy fats from nuts, and they are mostly gluten-free and refined sugar-free, with all-natural plant-based protein. Protein balls are usually higher in calories, so it is advised that you eat them only 1 or 2 per day.
How to Peanut and Sesame Protein Balls?
Making Peanut and Sesame Protein Balls are super easy. Start with roasting the peanuts, sesame seeds, dried shredded coconut, and pumpkin seeds in a skillet. Then add deseeded Medjool dates to a food processor along with roasted nuts and seeds. Add salt and almond butter. Pulse until everything is ground finely and incorporated well. Transfer the mix to a bowl. Make equal-sized balls. You can even use a cookie scoop to measure the protein balls.
Expert Tips to Make These Energy Balls
- This recipe is inspired by the Indian Jaggery, peanuts, and sesame ladoos made during winter.
- Roast the peanuts in a skillet on medium flame. Once done, take them out on a plate. Peel the skin while they are still warm. It is easier to peel the skin while they are warm.
- Roasting the nuts and seeds in this recipe will help release natural oil by grinding them in a food processor. These oils will act as a binding agent along with almond butter and dates.
- I like to use almond butter in this recipe, to incorporate the benefits of different nuts. But you can use peanut butter or any other nut butter of your choice.
- You can also add sunflower seeds, almonds, pistachios, flaxseed powder, and hemp seeds to this recipe.
- According to Ayurveda, this recipe is very healthy to keep our bodies warm during winter as per the ingredients used in this recipe.
Ingredients, and Substitutions to Make these Energy Balls
- Peanuts - I am using raw peanuts. So I roast the peanuts in this recipe. But you can also use store-bought roasted peanuts.
- Sesame Seeds - Sesame seeds taste absolutely wonderful in sweet treats as they do in savory foods. Roasted sesame renders delicious sweet and nutty flavors.
- Pumpkin Seeds - I try to pack nutrition in every recipe that my toddler eats. So adding pumpkin seeds here is just to pack on added nutrition. You can also add hemp seeds, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds to this recipe.
- Dried Shredded Coconut - Coconut brings a rich nutty and earthy flavor, and what is not to love with a little bit of coconut.
- Medjool Dates - I love medjool dates. They are so soft and sweet. A little goes a long way and they are so easy to pulse in the food processor.
- Almond Butter - Almond butter will help bind all the ingredients together to make the energy balls. You can also use peanut butter or any other nut butter of your choice.
- Salt - A pinch of salt brings all the flavors together, so yes add a pinch of salt!
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Peanuts and Sesame Protein Balls
- 1 Small Skillet
- 1 Food Processor
- 1/2 Cup Peanuts
- 1/2 Cup Sesame Seeds
- 1/2 Cup Dried Shredded Coconut
- 1/4 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
- 10 Medjool Dates
- 1/3 Cup Almond Butter
- Pinch of Salt
- 1/3 Cup Coconut Powder To Roll the protein balls
- In a skillet add peanuts. Roast them until they become golden and skin starts to get charred. Once done, take them out in a plate. Now while they are warm remove the skin of the peanuts, and keep them aside.
- In the same skillet, add sesame seeds, dried shredded coconuts and pumpkin seeds. Roast them until golden and starts to smell nutty. Let it cool completely.
- Now in a food processor, add deseeded medjool dates, roasted peanuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and dried shredded coconut. Also add, almond butter and pinch of salt.
- Grind until all the ingredients are finely ground and come together.
- Add the prepared protein ball mix in a mixing bowl.
- Use a small cookie scoop to take a scoop of the mix, and then make a ball using your hands.
- Repeat until all the protein balls are made.
- Roll the protein balls in coconut powder and put them in the refrigerator.
- Store them in the refrigerator to keep them fresh for upto 10 days.
- You can also dip them in melted chocolate if you wish.
- Read the expert tips, ingredients list and substitutions thoroughly.
- I recommend to eat one or two of these in a day. Anything more will add to more calories in your diet than required.