snack

Soft Peanut Protein Balls

10 minutes, makes 4 balls.

Ingredients:
Peanut butter (without added salt or palm oil) - 1tbs
Oat - 3 tbs (15gr)
Medijool date - 1
Desiccated coconut - 1 teaspoon
Vanilla essence - 1/2 teaspoon
Whey Protein Isolate Powder - 3 tbs
Cacao nibs - 1 1/2 tbs

Method:
In a food processor blend everything together, but not the cacao nibs, adding 1 1/2 tbs of water to make the dough moist and soft.
Then roll the dough into 4 balls, mixing it with the cacao nibs.
 

Thermomix Charcoal Bread

I found this recipe in Alyce Alexandra's blog. I made it a couple of times and it works very well.

Makes one loaf.

Ingredients
400g baker’s flour
2 tsp food-grade activated charcoal
1 tsp dried yeast
1 tsp fine salt
300g warm water

Method:
Place flour, charcoal, yeast, salt and water in TM bowl, mix for 6 seconds, speed 6. 

Knead for 2 minutes, interval speed. You are looking for a sticky consistency where the dough adheres to the bottom of the TM bowl, but releases from the side of the bowl. Add more flour if dough sticks to sides of the TM bowl. 

Place dough into an oiled bowl. Use a spatula to rotate the dough in the bowl coating completely in oil. Cover with a tea towel and set aside in a warm place to double in size. 

Once dough has doubled in size, tip onto a lined baking tray. Shape into a tight round by tucking the dough underneath itself using the edge of your palms. Oil your hands if sticking. Flour can be used if necessary, although the finished product is better if no flour has been used in shaping. 

Spray with water and set aside to prove for 30 minutes. 

Preheat oven to 230°C.

Place loaf in oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until cooked through and hollow sounding top and bottom when tapped. 

Allow to cool for a minimum of 15 minutes prior to slicing. 

Amaretto & Chocolate Protein Balls

Simple recipe with no cooking involved, just blending and rolling. One ball contains almost 20grs of protein making it perfect as a post workout snack or chocolate treat.

Makes 3 balls.

Ingredients
1/4 cup of almonds
3 tbs oat (15gr.)
20gr whey isolated protein powder
3 teaspoons of cacao powder
Couple of drops of almond extract
1 pitted medjool date

Method:
Blend an handful of almonds on the food processor and put them on the side. (This will be used to decorate the balls at the end).

Blend the rest of the almonds with the oat, then add the rest of the ingredients. 
Add one tablespoon of water to add moisture and keep blending till smooth.

It's ok that the blend looks a bit dry. Once it's ready use your hands to create 3 balls. Then roll each ball on the almond pieces to decorate and add the extra crunchiness.

Beetroot Hummus

I found this recipe on Deliciously Ella and thought will be a great way to use leftover beetroot pulp from the juicer. There's no cooking involved, just blending.

Ingredients:
Pulp of 1 small beetroot (or 1 beetroot).
1 can of chickpeas.
2 tbsp of tahini.
2 garlic cloves.
Juice of 1 lemon.
1 teaspoon ground cumin.

Method:
Use a food processor to blend all the ingredients together. Carefully add 1 or 2 tablespoons of water for a creamier consistency. 

Once smooth move the hummus in a pot and sprinkle it with salt, pepper, cumin seeds and olive oil.