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This jaffa protein balls recipe by social media sensation Sally O’Neil, aka @thefitfoodieblog, takes the classic flavour combination of chocolate and orange to a whole new level by excluding the nasties associated with the store-bought treats and replacing them with more natural, wholesome ingredients.

“While I would love to gorge myself on a packet of Jaffa Cakes (the king of UK treats – look them up!), I would hate to know the list of ingredients,” she says.

“Living healthily means finding a balance of whole foods, while enjoying the taste of things you love, so here’s my replacement for the Jaffa Cake, and a fine one at that. Jaffa Protein Balls at the ready…”

Serves: 25 Balls


1 ½ cup pitted dates

1 cup almond meal

½ cup natural / vanilla / chocolate protein powder (optional)

3 tbsp raw cacao powder

½ cup raw almonds

Zest and juice of 1 small orange

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Pinch Himalayan sea salt

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  1. Place dates in a food processor and blend to a thick paste (adding a little water if necessary).
  2. Add almond meal, protein (if using), salt, vanilla and cacao powder and blend again until combined.
  3. Add in whole almonds, zest and juice of the orange (reserving a tablespoon of zest for rolling).
  4. Process until the mixture is coarsely ground and starts to come together.
  5. Take a tablespoon of mixture in your hands and gently roll with your palms.
  6. Place remaining zest in a shallow plate and quickly roll the balls in it before storing in a glass jar.
  7. These will keep in a cool corner of your kitchen for up to a week.

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