Bounce have recently released an entirely new range of vegan protein energy balls! Happy times for a dedicated snacker like myself… I have recently seen these pop up everywhere and I was lucky enough to receive a handful of goodies of their new line to try and oh boy: I think I’m completely addicted already!
Bounce have actually been around for over 10 years already and started out in Australia and their products currently fall into 3 categories: Bounce Energy Balls, Bounce V Life (these ones are vegan!) and Bounce Protein Energy Bites. With their new V Life range it is so much easier to spot the plant based Bounce balls – they already had vegan options before, but the packaging was so similar to the non-vegan ones, it was easy to grab the wrong one.
Thanks to everyone who bought the vegan versions already before – you are probably responsible for the new expansion 😉
Ladies & Gentlemen, may I introduce to you: The Bounce V Life Team
And ‘eating a rainbow’ has just gotten a completely revamped meaning. Each of the V Life Bounce Balls is 40g of protein & energy loaded goodness, packed with 5 amazing flavour combinations (in no particular order):
1. Almond Kale
To be honest, at first I thought I had accidentally opened the Almond/Spirulina package – which I had tried before! Both flavours are so similar and totally reminded me of marzipan (and I love marzipan!) – so this one was a great treat for me! Absolutely the perfect snack on the go for the little hunger or a sweet craving!
2. Cashew Peanut
Totally nuts for this one! Loving the strong peanut flavour, especially as a huge nut butter fan like myself. This one would be my perfect pre-gym snack to give me some extra energy with a protein boost!
3. Coconut Cumin
I surprisingly absolutely loved this one! I have to admit: I was sceptical about the cumin at first – but it fit in just perfectly with the coconut. Big plus from me!
4. Beetroot Cashew
Admittedly, this flavour was probably my least favourite of the new range, which is probably mainly down to personal preference, as I simply am not much into that sweet beetroot flavour. However, I can see this flavour in combination with a smoothie bowl or as a topping for ice cream (yes I add toppings to my ice cream ;))
5. Almond Spirulina
The Almond Spirulina being my absolute favourite flavour I could not help getting my creative thinking cap on and creating a recipe using these flavoursome energy balls. They remind me so much of Marzipan, which I loved as a child (and secretly still do!), but without the nasty sugar 😉
I think this should already be reason enough to love these as a snack.
As they remind me so much of German cake with marzipan I thought: hey, cheesecake! So this happened.
Almond Spirulina Cheesecake Bites
2 Almond Spirulina Bounce Balls
100 g soaked cashews (soak for at least 4 hours or ideally over night)
2 Tbsp almond milk
1 Tbsp melted coconut oil
1 Tbsp agave syrup
1 Tbsp almond butter
1/4 vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Optional: Spirulina Cream Topping
1 tsp spirulina powder
1 Tbsp soy cream
1. To create the base: Unwrap the Almond Spirulina Bounce Balls and break them in halves, then roll them using your hands.
2. With a rolling pin, flatten each piece until you have a round flat surface.
3. Process the soaked Cashews in a food processor or using a stick blender until you receive a smooth paste.
4. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until well combined.
5. Transfer to the fridge for 30 mins, then add to a piping bag and pipe onto the flattened Almond Spirulina Bounce Balls.
6. To create the spirulina cream, simply mix both ingredients and top your cheesecake bites with a spoonful.
And most importantly: Enjoy!
Unfortunately I am not able to tell you how long they will last in the fridge, as they were all grabbed within an hour! But if you find out, please do let me know 😉