*Chocolate Orange* Protein Balls

I have been a bit negligent of my little blog this week. Between moving to New York last Thursday and the mental few days in between, I’m only getting around to a new post now…

Since arriving last week, the past few days have gone by so quickly! Along with more money than I even want to think about. This city is without a doubt one of the most expensive places I have ever been. On every single corner there is another temptation that is just waiting to clean out your purse. People keep telling me that I won’t cook at home as much as I plan to this year, that eating out is just inevitable, but I honestly don’t think I’ll have a choice – brunch yesterday cost $60!!!

Ideal #brunch #martini #newyork

I think that getting some small tupperware lunch boxes will make little snacks like these ones below a lot easier to bring around to fill the gaps between meals. I’ve done so much walking this weekend that I found I was constantly peckish. But with the price of things over here, it just isn’t sustainable, especially when I’m still on the hunt for a job!

I’m really excited to find a place to move in to, and start building up all of my staple ingredients for my different recipes again. First on my list is a Nutribullet, I won’t survive without one!

So anyway, back to the recipe. These are only slightly different to my Chocolate Protein Balls, but I just love the chocolate and orange combination so much that I had to give this variation a go. They’re great if you want to try a new flavour, and they have that Terry’s Chocolate Orange edge to them which is great!

Chocolate Orange Protein Balls

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Chocolate Orange Protein Balls Recipe:

1 cup of chopped hazelnuts

1 cup of dates

1 scoop of chocolate protein powder

1 tablespoon of cacao powder

Juice of half an orange

1 teaspoon of orange zest

Method:

  1. Pour a drop of boiling water and the orange juice over the dates to soften them
  2. Drain off most of the liquid after about 10 minutes, but leave a drop behind
  3. Blend for a few seconds until they form a paste-like mixture
  4. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl
  5. Add in the dates and mix the whole lot of up
  6. Using your hands, roll them into bite sized balls
  7. Serve & enjoy (these last up to 4 days in an airtight container in the fridge)

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Let me know if you try these, they’re delicious!

Niamh x

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