These are a little different to the usual "protein or bliss ball". They are a little more like a raw muesli bar....with chickpeas! I must admit I tend to use what ever dried fruit, nuts and seeds I have in the pantry - so they are a little different every time I make them. Below is a nice blend though and was a big hit at a cooking class I did recently.
Makes 30 balls (approx.)
1/2 cup raw chickpeas, soaked overnight and cooked until soft (approx. 20 mins) or 2/3 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup raw mixed nuts* (ie almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1 cup whole rolled oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut (plus extra for rolling)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup dried crasins
1/3 cup goji berries
8 Medjool dates
3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Put the everything - except the honey/maple syrup - into thefood processor and blend until it reaches the a coarse breadcrumb consitancy.
Taste the mixture and add honey/maple syrup as needed.
Roll mixture into balls approximately the size of a walnut and roll in extra coconut or sesame seeds.
Place in an airtight container and store in the fridge.
For a healthy nut free lunchbox snack, swap nuts for an extra 1/2 cup of sunflower and pumpkin seeds