Raw Super Power Balls
I make these ‘balls’ every few weekends to have on hand for after school snacks or pre-sport/workout energy. They are loaded with raw and nutritious ingredients for an awesome energy boost – minus the refined sugar.
More importantly, they are really easy to make and after making them once, you don’t need to measure. You can vary the ingredients very easily with good results!
What a simple way to get more healthy fats and antioxidants into your diet! (and of course your children) For the kids, I add a sprinkle of Enjoy Life’s dairy free mini chocolate chips and they love this version!
You can replace the carob powder for cacao powder for an extra kick or use a little of both. Just remember that the carob powder is a little sweeter than cocoa powder so you may want to add a splash of maple syrup if using cocoa powder on its own.
Carob powder is like the vegan version of chocolate without the caffeine so is a great addition to your diet. It is an alkaline food and is high in fiber. It also contains a number of nutrients, including vitamins A, B, B2, B3, and D.
- 1 cup almonds or a mix of walnuts and almonds and hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup dates (pitted and soaked if dry)
- 4 tbsp raw carob powder (or cocoa powder)
- 2 tbsp goji berries (ok to skip if you don’t have them)
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon or coconut for rolling
Process nuts until they look like a course flour. Add remaining ingredients to your food processor (except the cinnamon/coconut) and then blend until you reach a consistency that will ‘stick’ together.
Roll into balls and then roll to coat in cinnamon or unsweetened coconut. You can keep these in the freezer and pull them out one at a time or 2 or 3 or…you get the idea. Delicious!
Have these instead of your afternoon caffeine or ‘sugar fix of choice’ and you will be rewarded with a stable supply of energy for the rest of your day.
Linda Ljucovic, Holistic Nutritionist, Oakville