Happy Monday everyone! This week I wanted to share with you a recipe for these super yummy vegan Protein “Beauty” Balls. I got this recipe from Juliana and Mark over at Boho Beautiful, and if you haven’t checked out their YouTube channel, then you must! They have tons of great yoga videos for all levels, shot in beautiful locales all over the world…and they are fellow Canadians 🙂 These Beauty Balls are super easy to make and keep in the freezer for an on-the-go snack, they are high in protein and chock full of beautifying ingredients. (See below for a run-down on all the beauty benefits!)Here’s what you need:
1/2 cup of raw unsalted almonds and cashews
1/2 cup of raw unsalted sunflower and pumpkin seeds
1/4 tsp of sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp maca powder
1/4 cup cacao powder
1 cup pitted dates
3 tbsp water
In a food processor, grind nuts until finely ground. Then pulse in cacao powder, vanilla extract, maca powder and salt. Next add the dates and water until blended into a dough-y mixture. Make dough into little balls and then roll them into your choice of cacao powder, shredded coconut or keep them plain. Pop them into the freezer for at least 30 minutes and enjoy!
Almonds – high in Vitamin E, an anti-oxidant that helps repair cellular damage.
Pumpkin seeds – contain Vitamin E, Zinc and essential fatty acids which aids in collagen production and the strengthening of skin’s elastin.
Sunflower seeds – a great source of the anit-inflammatory, Vitamin C.
Dates – Another great source of Vitamin C and B, helping enhance skins elasticity
Maca powder – a superfood rich in vitamins B, C and E, Zinc and amino acids. Skin benefits include strengthening skin cells, improving skin tone and helping improve acne.
Cacao powder – contains antioxidant Vitamin C, which protects from free radicals and Omega 6 fatty acids to aid in cellular healing.
So on top of them being super delicious, these little protein balls also help keep you beautiful…it’s a win-win! Give them a try and let me know what you think!