The bulk section at Central Market is one of my favorite places on earth. Not only does it have everything you could ever want, but you can get the exact quantity that you need for cheap, cheap, cheap. And today, it also served as my inspiration for some portable, protein-filled snacks for work this week.
Almonds, macadamia nuts, golden flax seeds, chocolate chunks, rascherries (dried raspberries+cherries=rascherries), oh my!
FoodFash Protein Balls (Take #1) yields 20ish balls
1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
1/2 cup almond slivers
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup golden flax seeds
1 cup rascherries (or another dried fruit)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a food processor, pulse chop almonds and macadamia nuts until they are finely chopped. In a medium sized bowl, stir together nuts, flax seeds and cooled quinoa. Place dried fruit in the food processor and process until smooth. Add the fruit to the other ingredients and use a fork to stir and mash until everything is evenly mixed. Fold in chocolate chips. Use a 1 tablespoon measure to scoop mixture, form into balls, and place on a cookie sheet. Chill for 1 to 2 hours and store in an air-tight container.
Tons of protein, a good dose of fiber, and a pop of sweetness are what these balls are all about. All of this makes me super excited to bring them to work tomorrow because I just know they’ll save my life around 3 PM when I start to get that sleepy feeling.