These sweet potato ginger protein balls are simple to make, warming and a great way to use up leftover sweet potato!
Sweet Potato and fresh ginger taste so warmly, vibrantly, autumnal together. Set off with nut butter and rolled in coconut, linseeds or cocoa, these vegan little energy bites are as moreish as truffles. I nearly couldn’t take pictures of this recipe, because my two-year-old daughter went BANANAS for these. Her tiny little hand just wouldn’t stop grabbing at the balls of yum.
Sweet potatoes are so versatile that I often bake an extra one for use in other meals. I roasted mine for this recipe, but you could also steam or boil it (though then you won’t get to nibble at the leftover crispy skins!). You just need them to be cooked enough to mash. Then, all you have to do is blitz it all together, roll into balls and store in the fridge. A few balls make a lovely snack or energizing breakfast.
- 125g (1 ½ cups) rolled oats
- 200g (1 cup) cooked sweet potato, mashed (about 1 large potato)
- 125g (½ cup) nut butter
- Large pinch of fresh ginger, grated
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon skimmed milk powder or vanilla protein powder
- Coconut, milled linseeds, cocoa, sesame seeds, chopped nuts etc… whatever you have or prefer for rolling
- Blitz all the ingredients in a high-speed blender until combined. If your blender isn’t high-speed, pulse the oats first to make them a bit finer, then add the remaining ingredients, or combine by hand. Roll into teaspoon-sized balls, then roll in the coconut, cocoa etc… and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Review: Froothie Optimum 9400 High-Speed Blender
You’ve heard me talking about my new high-speed blender for a few months now. I rarely accept review products so I wanted to give it a really thorough test before posting an actual review of it. Well, I can definitely say that owning my Froothie has been amazing. A whole new world of healthy eating has been opened up to me and I have saved a lot of money on nut milk and by using up vegetables in super-fast soup. The Froothie is similar to a Vitamix, Blendtec, Ninja etc… but it’s even more powerful.
So, what does it do?
I can honestly say that I will never, ever, make a milk and butter-laden cheese sauce again. A few vegetables (cauliflower and carrots), some vegetable stock and a scoop of nutritional yeast (available in many UK supermarkets and health food shops), blitzed up in seconds and I have a creamy, cheese-y, vegan cheese sauce that is perfect for so many uses. I loved it in vegetable lasagne, as mac n cheese and poured over vegetables.
If I have vegetables that are looking past their prime, then I just need to blitz them, raw, with some stock and herbs into an instant soup. Raw carrots and other hard vegetables don’t stand a chance – they’re blitzed in seconds in my blender. And the best part is that the Froothie heats it through the friction of the six blades in just a few minutes, preserving nutrients that can be lost through overheating. Hot soup in a couple of minutes. Seriously.
Nut milk? The Optimum blender is so strong that you don’t even have to soak the nuts. Just throw in a cup of hazelnuts, cashews, almonds – whatever you like, fill the jug halfway with water and blitz. The blender comes with a fine-mesh nut bag, so you just strain it through that and keep it in the fridge. It is sooo clean and fresh-tasting. No additives, just nuts. Perfect for overnight oats, in coffee or just to drink. I stock up on nuts when they’re on sale so I can always blitz up a batch. Bag of nuts to jug of nut milk in about two minutes.
Then of course there are smoothies, crushed ice (hello, cocktails!), nut butters, hoummus…
Why the Froothie Optimum 9400?
1. Power – This baby is powerful. It is far more powerful than even a Vitamix or Blendtec. In fact, this bad boy can even blend rocks with its six stainless steel blades! Not that I’ll be trying that… I had a standard blender before and I found that I was constantly scraping the sides down and it didn’t really blitz food. I tended to use my hand held stick blender instead, but that wasn’t useful for large batches and certainly couldn’t cope with raw vegetables.
2. One jug – Unlike most other high-speed blenders, with the Froothie you can use the same BPA-free 2 litre jug for wet and dry – so no faffing about changing jugs.
3. Self-cleaning – Yup, it’s self-cleaning. Rinse. Add water. Blitz for a few seconds. Admire the sparkle.
4. Money-back guarantee – Froothie have a 30 day money-back guarantee. That’s a month to fall in love with it.
5. Price – Maybe you wanted a Vitamix but weren’t happy with the £600 price tag, well the Optimum is on sale at the moment for only £329!
I wouldn’t write any of this if I didn’t really, truly, think this blender was amazing. My old blender was stored in a cupboard in its box. This one hasn’t left my countertop since the day I got it. So far I’ve made Cauliflower and Chocolate Ice Lollies, Coconut Avocado Fries with Cashew, Cardamom and Coconut Dip, Beet Nut Butter Cups, Avocado and Hazelnut Milk Coffee Smoothie, Beet and Raspberry Chia Jam as well as TONS of soups, smoothies, nut milks and other recipes for the family.
Froothie very kindly gave me the blender to try, and it is by far the best appliance I own. If you order it through my affiliate link for the Froothie Optimum 9400, you’ll get an extra two years free warranty taking you to a free seven years warranty! Just mention Veggie Desserts at checkout.
Disclosure: I received a blender from Froothie. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.