Super Lentil Bites

Snacks & Treats
10 mins 
Serves 40 
Gluten Free 
Vegan 
Vegetarian 
Dairy free 
This is free for all recipe thanks to McKenzie's. I love this imaginative use of lentils in a bliss ball style treat. They give a nice nutrient boost to a treat packed with the goodness of nuts, antioxidant-rich cacao, chia and only a touch of sugar to sweeten. Legumes are pretty rockstar foods as they supply plant protein, stacks of fibre, especially the types that power our good gut bacteria, a wide array of nutrients including folate and other B group vitamins, minerals such as iron and they're convenient and budget friendly. 

I've said 10 minutes preparation time, but this does not include the cooking time for the lentils. You can cook these ahead of time and then you can whip these bites up in a flash.

Tips:
  • Do not over-blend to achieve a crunchy texture.
  • You can substitute the French Style Lentils with McKenzie’s Red Split Lentils or Yellow Split Lentils.
  • Store in freezer for a firmer texture or in fridge for a softer texture.
For those doing my Get Lean program count one of these bites as 1/2 Fat block. You can ignore the carbs if you only have one - we can live with 6g - but if you have two this equates to 1/2 carb block. 


PER SERVE: Energy 460kJ, Protein 3g, Fat 8g (saturated 3g, polyunsaturated 1g, monounsaturated 4g), Carbohydrate 6g (of which sugars 4g), Fibre 2g

INGREDIENTS

1 tsp vanilla extract or paste
¼ cup cacao powder
½ tsp McKenzie’s Ground Cinnamon
½ cup McKenzie’s French Style Lentils
1 cup Medjool dates
1 tb maple syrup
1 ½ cups mixed nuts e.g. almonds & walnuts
¾ cup McKenzie’s Shredded Coconut
½ cup peanut butter
1 tb chia seeds
1 cup McKenzie’s Desiccated Coconut
3 tb water

METHOD

Step 1

Prepare and cook lentils according to pack directions, until well cooked.

Step 2

Meanwhile, place the nuts into the food processor and blend until coarse. Add dates and shredded coconut and blend. Remove from the food processor.

Step 3

Place cooled lentils in food processor. Add peanut butter, vanilla, maple syrup, water and cacao. Puree to a smooth paste.

Step 4

Add nut mixture back into food processor with all remaining ingredients except the desiccated coconut, and blend until combined. Mixture should combine to form balls easily.

Step 5

Roll mixture into balls approximately the size of a walnut. Coat balls in desiccated coconut whilst still sticky. Place in an airtight container and store in the fridge or freezer.