I LOVE HAVING PROTEIN BALLS IN THE HOUSE TO HAVE AS SNACKS!  THIS IS A DIFFERENT RECIPE THAN MY TYPICAL GO-TO'S...BUT A GOOD ONE TO MIX IT UP!  ENJOY!

LEMON SESAME CACAO PROTEIN BALLS

Makes about 10 balls

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

½ cup raw cacao nibs

3 tablespoons sunbutter or nut butter of your choice

3 tablespoons melted coconut oil

1 cup sesame seeds

1 tablespoon lemon zest

8 pitted Medjool dates (soak for about 30 min if hard)

⅓ cup shredded coconut (for coating)

Add sunflower seed, protein powder, cacao, sunbutter, coconut oil, sesame seeds, and lemon zest to a large bowl. Blend the dates in a high speed blender or food processor until it turns into a paste. Then add the date paste to the bowl with the remaining ingredients. Mix well using clean, dry hands.

Roll the mixture into individual balls (about 10). Roll each individual ball into the shredded coconut until it is coated all over, then place into an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.