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Get energised with Superfood Energy Balls!

A super nutritious snack for active business people, sports people and athletes

Today I was in class at the Endeavour College of Natural health studying ‘Science & Medicine of food'. One of my fellow students told me that she has made five times the recipe ‘Coconut Heaven’ from RK cookbook (See recipe bellow, on my previous post), and she in love with it. I told her thank you very much to share that with me and told her that I love when people tell me they are cooking my recipes, it’s very gratifying. She also shared with me that instead of doing the recipe with gelatin she has done the recipe with Agar-Agar, which is a vegetarian and vegan option to the animal collagen of gelatin. Agar-Agar is an algae and is also heat resistant, very good for many dishes, but if you don’t stir well, Agar-Agar tends to coagulate and it doesn't dissolve well. One thing she told me and is a tip I would like to share with you guys is to: keep stirring the agar-agar with the coconut while it is cooking to dissolve the fibre well and to avoid coagulation on the bottom of the pan.

I ended up asking her if she had tried the recipe ‘Energy Ball’ from the cookbook and she said no. So I told her I would post here and also share with you at home. This recipe is a fantastic snack and very nutritive. I highly recommend to everyone who likes a little sweet treat and have a desire for a snack in the middle of the day. So, here goes:

SUPERFOOD ENERGY BALLS

Ingredients – makes around 30 units

200g dried prunes – deseeded
300g goji berries or blueberries
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
100–200g almond meal or linseed meal or LSA mix (linseed, almond, sunflower seed)
50g desiccated coconut for mixture
4 tablespoons of raw cacau for mixture
1 tablespoon of raw cacau for rolling
50g chia seeds

Optional ingredients

100g pure whey protein or pea protein powder for mixture
4 tablespoon of acai berries powder for mixture
50g honey or maple syrup for extra sweetness
A pinch of ground cinnamon
50g desiccated coconut for rolling

PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS

Place the dried prunes, berries, coconut oil and honey if you are using it in the food processor and make into a smooth paste and then add the paste to a medium sized bowl.

Add all the dry ingredients, chia seeds, cacao, desiccated coconut and half of the almond meal into the bowl. And if you are using whey powder and acai berry powder add to this mixture as well.

Add more almond meal or LSA if required to achieve a thick enough consistency to roll.

Roll the mixture into small balls and roll in a mixture of desiccated coconut or raw cacau and cinnamon.
Keep refrigerated in containers or wrap it up individually for quick snacks to take away.

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS

  • Complete meal - good ration of carbohydrates, protein, fibre and essential fatty acids - omega 3, 6 and 9
  • High in calories - energy snack for active business people, sports person and athletes
  • High in fibre and low GI carbohydrates (long lasting energy)
  • Eases cravings and is a good substitute for refined sugar desserts and unhealthy sweet treats