These Date, Walnut, Coconut and Cocoa Protein Balls are the perfect healthy snack. They are full of good stuff, taste great and are really satisfying. Plus they are so easy to make!
Ingredients (makes 12)
- 100g walnuts
- 250g Forest Feast pitted dates
- 100g desiccated coconut
- 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 3 Tbsp Chocolate protein powder
- 2 Tbsp Honey
- Pinch of salt
- Put all the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until completely blended.
- Shape small handfuls into balls about the size of a walnut.
The best thing about these little balls is their versatility; so you can change the ingredients depending on what you have in the cupboard. The dates and honey make them nice and sweet, but you could substitute the honey for coconut oil or peanut butter which would also taste great. If you don’t have protein powder, leave it out. Almonds or oats would be great instead of walnuts. The possibilities are endless!
I like the fact I can chuck one of these in my bag and know I have a healthy snack that tastes good and fills me up. Give them a go!
This week I was invited to an event a little bit out of my comfort zone – a chance to try out Belfast’s newest ‘dance fitness’ classes at Aurora Dance Studio, Fountain Street, Belfast. As someone who does not find traditional exercise particularly enjoyable, I was interested in finding out more about alternative ways to burn some calories. I took my cousin Anna with me to see what it was all about!
After success with Aurora Dance Company, offering dance classes predominantly to children, Aurora Studios owner Erin Lyle saw a gap in the market for a City Centre dance studio. Aurora Studios offer adult fitness classes with inspiration from hip hop, Latin, ballet, and burlesque dancing. Also on offer are Rebounding classes (exercising on a mini trampoline), Yoga and Circuits.
We had a go at Rebounding, Ballet Fitness and ‘Burlexercise’. All three were great fun and totally different to anything fitness related I’ve done in the past, with the only comparison being the Zumba classes I used to go to. My favourite would have to be the Ballet Fitness. Not too intense and I really enjoyed the routine. I will definitely be back to try out the hour long version of this class!
The studio is bright and airy, and perfectly located right in the centre of Belfast. The timetable has early morning, straight after work, or evening classes, to suit everyone’s busy schedules. Essentially it is a non intimidating, fun place to keep fit and learn a few dance moves in the process! This type of exercise is so much more suited to me than pounding the treadmill or more straightforward, cardio based workouts.
Thanks Aurora for a great evening!