These no-bake rosehip protein balls are a delicious healthy treat that carries the medicinal benefits of rosehips as well as other healthy ingredients. These raw vegan protein balls are gluten-free and make for a healthy dessert that decorates any Christmas table.
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In my home, raw sweets are our preferred desserts. Last year, I shared this recipe for raw rosehip cookies and I noticed that many of you like to use healthy ingredients to make guilt-free desserts. Also, no-bake treats are easy to make, fast and mess-free.
It used to be a tradition in my family when I was a child that every weekend my mum baked something. Since then I feel I should keep up with the tradition. But I don’t like to use white flour, white refined sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. So I turned to raw recipes, where white flour is replaced with almond flour or soaked cashew nuts and sugar with fruits, raw honey or maple syrup. It is very convenient for me and everybody like it. Just recently I made this wonderful cake when we went to visit my friends and no crumbs were left.
These protein balls with rosehips belong exactly to this category of food. delicious, healthy so you can have 5 -6 pieces without any guilt.
So what are the ingredients to make the best protein balls?
I chose almonds because they are low in sugar compared to other nuts and are also high in protein. Their delicious taste and medicinal benefits are a perfect fit for our recipe. In this study, researchers suggest that eating one handful of almonds daily is efficient in the reduction of bad cholesterol. It consequently reduces the potential risk of heart disease.
Packed with antioxidants, fibre and vitamins stand at the top of most nutritional fruits of the food pyramid. The fact that they grow locally made me consider them the best for this no-bake protein ball recipe. Apricots are low in calories and fat while also an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Their mildly sour flavour complements the bitter taste of almonds. Their sticky texture helps bind the balls together and give them a tasty chewy texture.
Rosehip powder has been my favourite conservation method for rosehips which also preserve their antioxidant activities. Packed with vitamin C, E, B and another 23 minerals, it’s a pity we don’t eat them more often. For that reason, I am trying to implement them in various dishes to enjoy their benefits to the max. They are a vitamin bomb that you can get free from nature. The other rosehip recipes I just can't live without are this delicious Rosehip jam, Roasted herbal fruit tea or this easy to make Rosehip oil to heal your skin.
Adding various spices (cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and chilli powder) to the mixture makes these protein balls spicy rather than sweet. They have a distinct taste that you shouldn’t pass upon.
Protein balls recipe
First step: Start with the almonds. I just bought whole almonds with the skin. So I soaked them in hot water for 10- 15 minutes to remove the skin. If you want to keep the skin on as it is full of antioxidants you can also do so. Just grind them whole in the grinder to make fine almond flour.
Second step: Add apricots and mash them and blend them with almonds till you reach a fine consistency.
Third step: Add coconut oil. You can either use fractionated coconut oil, a form of coconut oil with its fatty acid chains removed to be liquid at room temperature. Alternatively, use solid coconut oil but kept at room temperature for 15 minutes before its use.
Fourth step: Add all the spices and a pinch of salt and mix it well. It takes some time to combine the mixture together.
Fifth step: Prepare a baking sheet and put the mixture on the sheet.
Sixth step: I used my hands at the end to knead the dough into a flat form
Seventh step: Cover the dough with the baking paper and keep it in the fridge for 15 minutes to settle
Eighth step: Remove from the fridge and you will notice the dough is nice and solid and is ready to be moulded into little balls
Ninth step: Use a small spoon to make same sized scoops of dough that you finish with rolling in your hands. I managed to make 16 balls from this mixture
Tenth step: Make a coating mixture by combining 1 tsp of cocoa powder and 1 tsp of rosehip powder. Mix it well.
Eleventh step: Roll the protein balls in the coating mixture or use the sieve to cover the balls with the mixture
Twelfth step: Keep it in the fridge before serving
Other coating mixture combinations:
- Only cocoa powder
- Only rosehip powder
- Drizzle with peanut butter or any nut butter of your choice
- Coat with Coconut powder
- Almond flour
- Melted Raw Chocolate
Will these raw protein balls melt at room temperature?
It depends which coconut oil you used. If you used the liquid coconut oil they might melt slightly at room temperature. If you used the solid coconut oil they will stay solid. But I recommend to keep them in a closed food container.
Are these protein balls gluten-free?
Absolutely, no gluten in here.
Are these no-bake protein balls vegan?
Yes, they are vegan too!
Extra protein boost
If you wish to boost these balls with the extra protein you can add 1 - 2 tsp of protein powder. You might want to compensate this with adding 4 extra pieces of apricots to make a desirable mixture consistency.