Snack balls are the perfect opportunity to whip out the old food processor and not cook up a completely delicious and healthful family treat. These Almond Butter Oat Energy Balls taste all sweet and buttery but with sugar stabilising rolled oats, they won't have the kids bouncing off the walls. Parent win.
Pit the dates and place them in a bowl and cover with hot to boiling water for 5 minutes.
Place the rolled oats and a pinch of salt in a large skillet and place over low to medium heat to toast. Stirring regularly, cook for around 5 minutes or until the oatmeal is fragrant and just beginning to brown at the edges. Remove from the heat.
Strain the dates and place them in a food processor with the almond butter, toasted oats, vanilla, a 1/4 cup of coconut and the protein powder.
Process the mixture adding 2 or 3 teaspoons of water to bring the it together. Continue processing until the dates are broken down and the mixture sticks together.
Pop the remaining coconut in a bowl and begin rolling the snack ball mixture in to equal-sized balls (around a tablespoon each) and roll each through the coconut to coat.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
RECIPE NOTE: TO MAKES THESE SNACK BALLS GLUTEN-FREE USE GLUTEN-FREE OATS OR QUINOA FLAKES