Yesterday was transition day. That's the day when my main man goes back to work and I have to get back into my work. It's always a bit of a blah day. Not usually very constructive although I do achieve a few things.. Like the washing :-) Not a biggy I know but it's something. Especially when you live in a motorhome with no washing machine. We've travelled from Townsville to Cairns since last Saturday and It's just beautiful up here. Townsville unfortunately is just so dry and desolate. It sort of gets depressing after and while. You only have to travel about 2 hours north and the whole landscape just comes to life. Forrest's, green pastures, rain, cool breezes. There's something about tropical lush vegetation that just brings me back to life. I also love being close to the ocean. Where I'm staying now I can ride my bike to the Esplanade, town centre, coffee shops and a large shopping centre. I'm getting pretty good at lugging all of my shopping bags back on the bike. Lucky for me there's a great path I can get on that brings me directly back to my location as I've been known to overload myself a bit and end up being a bit of train wreck trying to stop and start at lights and navigating through narrow passages. I just call it an adventure. I'm also looking forward to Rusty's markets this weekend. It's a 3 day market in the centre of town and it's huge. The freshness and variety is second to none and it's really well priced. I always make sure I drop in Sunday afternoon just before they close as that's the perfect time to pick up mega bargains.
Back to me balls!! I've been having a lot of fun working with my friends from Protein Supplies Australia as you'd know if you've been following me. Did you check out the Fig, Strawberry and Passionfruit Spark Stars from yesterday. I received an email from them asking if I could do up a protein ball... Well Hello!! :-) of course I could. It was just what I needed. I love having purpose and I had a whole day to myself, heaps of other things I needed to do but knew wouldn't really get done so this was perfect. Craig had bought a bucket of Mangoes at the Cotters Markets in Townsville last Sunday and they were ripe and ready to go and I still had about 8 left. I love making most of my stuff with fresh ingredients. Most Mango balls and bars use dried mango which is not only very expensive but not always easy to get. I'm also partial to fresh whole foods anyway so I do this a lot. Because of the fresh mango the balls have a lot more moisture which is how I achieve the fudgy consistency. I've added walnut to the centre for a crunch factor and I have to admit it works perfectly. These are divine. If your not a walnut person then almonds, pecans or oven and brazil would work in the centre.
Mango and Walnut Protein Fudge Balls
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup almonds
½ cup dried coconut
1-2 tsp Protein Supplies Australia L-Glutamine - optional
¾ to 1 cup pitted dates
1 small to medium mango – ripe!
1 tsp vanilla paste
- Add oats, almonds, WPC and coconut to a food processor and blend until it resembles fine meal
- Add the dates, mango flesh and vanilla then blend until smooth. This can take a while depending on your machine.
- Scoop out a large tablespoon of the mix and flatten it into the palm of your hand, place the walnut or walnut pieces in the centre then cover it over and shape into a ball.
- Roll in the coconut, repeat until you use up all of the mix then store in the fridge.
Always happy when I feel like a photo shoot went well. I love the flowers in the background of this shot. They give then that festive feeling. Perfect for this time of year.