Let me start the post by giving you a brief introduction about the key ingredient of the energy balls I share with you today – Sattu.
Sattu is a flour of the Indian subcontinent and is prepared by dry roasting grains or grams which are then grounded to obtain a fine flour that can be used in various ways as a primary or secondary ingredient for dishes. Personally, I have come across two kinds of Sattu prepared from barley and bengal gram through food encounters and sources.
For the Sattu Energy Balls today, we would be using the one made from bengal gram. These high protein energy bites will satiate your craving for sweets, make a perfect workout snack or a quick bite on the go.
Known as the poor man’s protein, Sattu, is not only a high-protein food but also fortified with energizing carbohydrates, iron, calcium, vitamins and has very little fat. Its low-glycemic index makes Sattu a great option for diabetics or people having issues like high cholesterol. This recipe also includes a mixture of dry fruits & nuts that are rich sources of various vitamins and minerals. Also, the recipe contains good fats from Coconut Oil and natural sweetness from Dates. In short, these protein energy bites are a must try for healthy living.
Makes: 8-10 small energy bites | Time: 15-20 mins
- Sattu flour – 1/2 cup
- Almonds – 1/4 cup
- Cashews – 2 tbsp
- Pistachios – 2 tbsp
- Dried Cranberries – 2 tbsp
- Pitted Dates – 10 pcs.
- Cinnamon powder – 1 tsp
- Virgin Coconut Oil – 1 tbsp
- Edible Silver/ Chocolate – for garnish [optional]
- Add the almonds, cashews and pistachios into a food processor jar and pulse the machine to chop them down in size. Make sure you do not fine chop them at this point.
- Next, add the remaining ingredients – Sattu, dates, coconut oil, cranberries and cinnamon powder to the jar and blend everything in pulses till it starts coming together as a dough.
- Check if the dough is holding a shape, if not, adjust by adding coconut oil – in case its dry or Sattu flour – in case the dough is loose.
- Once you are happy with the dough consistency, make small bite sized balls or set it in a container to later cut into bar shapes.
- At this point you can top it with edible silver like I have here to make it look like an Indian sweet Ladoo or coat them with melted chocolate.
- These high protein sattu balls last well in an air-tight container for weeks. Store them in dry environment and at room temperature.
I hope you give this easy recipe a go and share your thoughts or suggestions with me.
Stay Healthy Folks !