Strawberry 'cheesecake' balls to feed your 4 PM sweet cravings

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STRAWBERRY ‘CHEESECAKE’ BALLS

We may not be at the office, but desk snacking shows no signs of slowing. But know this: your biscuit jar is sick of the sight of you, so instead, munch on these homemade protein balls. Made from gooey, sweet dates for slow release energy and brain boosting anti-inflammatories, they’re the sweet kick getting us through our afternoon Zoom calls.

MAKES ABOUT 12 BALLS 

INGREDIENTS:

150g (1 cup) pitted Medjool dates

130g (1 cup) raw cashew nuts

75g (3/4 cup) hulled strawberries

200g (2 cups) ground almonds

Optional: shredded coconut or freeze-dried strawberries (crushed) to decorate 

DIRECTIONS:

Whizz the dates, cashews and strawberries in a food processor until they form a thick paste.

Pour into a mixing bowl and stir in the ground almonds until well mixed.

Roll the mixture into about 12 balls and place in the fridge for an hour to firm up. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 2 months. 

Roll in shredded coconut or crushed freeze-fried strawberries before serving, if using.

Recipe courtesy of VEGAN TREATS: Easy vegan bites & bakes by Emma Hollingsworth (Kyle Books

IMAGE: Jen Rich

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