I have been on a beetroot kick in the last week or so - I love their colour, taste and health benefits! I was working on creating a few new beet recipes and re-created other recipes using them so I can take pictures for the book...
Random book update - I now have awesome graphic designers for the pdf version of the book, I have 90% of the recipes photographed and I am in the process of entering all recipes in the book database. Yay! Now, back to this particular recipe.
These power spheres are more of a deep purple colour vs pink from, as you probably guessed, beets! The earthy flavour of the beets is masked with dates and a bit of honey, but they aren't too sweet (in my opinion). I came up with these spheres because I wanted to make something a bit different and I had leftover roasted beets after making a beet & orange salad and beet & orange pancakes (I had to take new pictures of these recipes for the book).
Pink Power Spheres
Makes 10-12 spheres
- 1/2 cup (previously) roasted beets (90grams)
- 4 dates (I used Medjool)
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1.5 scoops of protein powder = ~ 1/2 cup (to make them even more awesome post training!)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp psyllium husk powder (optional, but more on this in a different post!)
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- Unsweetened shredded coconut, for coating (or cocoa powder / melted dark chocolate - see note below)
- Mix all ingredients except the almond flour and shredded coconut in a food processor, until well combined. You might need to scrape the sides of the food processor once or twice but everything should come together quite easily
- Transfer to a bowl, mix in the almond flour to combine, cover and chill in the fridge for about an hour. The mixture will be too sticky to work with otherwise!
- Once chilled, roll into balls (I shaped them so that the bottom is flat). You might need to use slightly wet hands if the mixture is still a bit sticky... Roll in shredded coconut
- Keep in the fridge or freezer
Note: You can also roll these in some cocoa powder instead of coconut! And if you really want to get fancy... Melt some good quality dark chocolate and coat the spheres in melted chocolate, placing on a baking tray (in the fridge) to chill. Yum!