Monday, 10 October 2016

energy balls

If you like snacking or have kids that do, you'll find this post interesting :-)
Energy balls are a lovely and healthy substitute for the things we grab when we crave something sweet or need a quick energy fix. They are filling and really satisfying.
Only few ingredients needed, and you're good to go! You can find recipes all over the internet or you can be as creative as you wish in making your own combinations.
I'm going to share few that are my favourites. I found some good recipes on Madeleine Shaw's website and also just by browsing Internet.

Here's how to do them:

DATE and ALMOND BALLS (this recipe makes 7):
100g pitted dates
60g flaked almonds
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1tsp of coconut oil
pinch of sea salt

In a food processor first grind the almonds, then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until all combined and form a sticky paste.
Scoop and bit of mixture out and form a round shape with your hands. Store in a fridge. They are ready to eat right away.
Dates are natural sweets, provide a wide range of nutrients, being a very good source of potassium.

100g of pitted dates
50g of cashew nuts
1 tbs of coconut oil
75g of pumpkin seeds
maca powder - just enough to coat the energy balls

Again using a food processor, first crush the cashew nuts, then add the remaining ingredients apart from maca powder and blend until all combined. Shape round balls then roll them in maca powder.
Store in the fridge.
Maca is a root found in Peru and it works great in balancing our hormones, boosts energy and stamina.

The same recipe can be repeated to make coconut or raw cacao bites.
Simply roll the balls in your coating of choice.
Raw cacao has antioxidants, helps to boost our mood and provides minerals like magnesium, iron and potassium.

And who said snacking was bad for you?

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