Hey Ninja’s!

Do you follow my Facebook and Instagram accounts (if not, why not)? If you do you’ll know that I love to partake in the odd bit of CrossFit every now and then.

March is a super important month for us, as CrossFitters all over the world compete in the CrossFit Open, which leads to one man and one woman being crowned The Fittest on Earth (spoiler alert: it probably won’t be me).

So the first workout (called 17.1) was announced last week and I completed it on Friday. It was tough! Afterwards I was completely done and fell asleep, in the foetal position, as soon as I got home.

When I woke up I was STARVING – I’d been so exhausted I hadn’t even thought about getting some nutrients into me after the workout – rookie mistake! Cue at least 30 minutes of eating the contents of every food prep box in my fridge :-/

Even those of us who should know better about good recovery after workouts are useless in our post-burpee haze!

After that workout I know my glycogen stores were SPENT – so some smart carbs would have been a good idea to top those up. The process has been proven to be more effective if you add some protein in too.

After my experience on Friday, I didn’t want my fellow CrossFitters down at CrossFit Mag to feel the same.

Enter my protein power balls! A super easy way to get the nutrients you need into you while you’re rolling around on the floor in a post WOD stupor.

 It’s safe to say they went down well at my box.

 Of course you don’t need to do CrossFit to treat yourselves to these balls of goodness. They’ll help you recover after a hard gym session, run, swim, bike or whatever you do to get sweaty!

Are you taking part in the CrossFit Open this year? Why not take 15 minutes out of your day to whip these up and take them down to your box? Your fellow sufferers will thank you for it.

I’d love to see some post-WOD photos of you chowing down on these – don’t forget to tag us #IamaFoodNinja

Black Forest Protein Power Balls
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 24
  • Serving size: 1
  • Calories: 177
  • Fat: 7
  • Carbohydrates: 16
  • Sugar: 5
  • Fiber: 5
  • Protein: 11
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 6 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 250g frozen forest fruits, defrosted
  • 100g almonds
  • 350g oats
  • 5 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 200g Natural Nutrients Vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 150g desiccated coconut
  1. Add the dates and almonds to a food processor, using the chopping blades. Process on a high speed for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the coconut, to the food processor. You might need to add 1-2 tablespoons of water so that the mixture combines properly. Process on high speed for 3-4 minutes.
  3. The mixture should be thick and sticky. Scoop out a tablespoon and roll gently between your hands to make a ball shape. If the mixture is too dry, add more water. If the mixture is too wet, add more oats.
  4. Roll each ball in the coconut until it's covered.
  5. Store the balls in a container in the fridge for at least 2 hours before eating.


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