Coconut Matcha Protein Balls (AIP, Paleo)

3 ways coconut oil can support weight loss

#1 BOOSTS METABOLISM

Coconut oil is high in MCTs (medium chain triglycerides), which are fatty acids that are metabolized differently than most other fats, leading to beneficial effects on metabolism.

Several studies confirm that when humans replace the fats they are eating with MCT fats, they burn more calories.

Therefore, a calorie from coconut oil is NOT the same as a calorie from olive oil or butter (although these fats are perfectly healthy too).

#2 REDUCES APPETITE 

Many studies on MCTs show that compared to the same amount of calories from other fats, MCTs increase feelings of fullness and lead to a reduction in calorie intake.

So, coconut oil boosts fat burning (“calories out”) and it also reduces appetite (“calories in”).

#3 SHRINKS BELLY FAT

Eating coconut is particularly effective at reducing the harmful belly fat in the abdominal cavity, which is strongly associated with disease.

Studies also show that MCTs lead to weight loss, but the weight loss effects of coconut oil appear to be fairly mild, except for the abdominal fat.

Now give these delicious, coconut-rich protein balls a try! They’re AIP, Paleo & IBS friendly.

Coconut Matcha Protein Balls

INGREDIENTS: (app. 20 balls)
1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 cup tiger nut flour (or almond flour if not following AIP)
4 tbsp PurePaleo Protein powder (vanilla)
2 tsp matcha green tea
4 pitted dates (soaked for a few minutes)
1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
1/2 cup coconut butter/manna (melted)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Add all ingredients into a food processor and process until ingredients start to stick together. If mixture is too dry, add 1 tsp of coconut butter or oil at a time. If mixture is too wet, add 1 tsp of tiger nut flour (or almond flour) at a time.

2. Scoop out mixture with a tablespoon, press firmly together then roll into balls.

3. Enjoy right away or store in an airtight container for later.

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