It’s Sunday, grey skies and I feel it is going to be one of those experiment-in-my-kitchen Sundays. Since joining Instagramm I have a tons of things I want to experiment with, nutrition-wise, fitness-wise (mentally and physically) as there are so many inspirational individuals who celebrate a healthy, organic way of life. I am thankful to all of those who share with me incredible tips and recipes that are sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian.
So, back to me. Alone in my house, kitchen is calling me to open its cupboards, use my beloved food processor and come up with something satisfying to the palate and the eye. I am a big fan of clean, pure foods that boost our energy in a gentle and sustainable way, so what better than make some “energy balls“. Yes, correct, for those who are wondering, these little round things are your best friend. Why?
-they are made of raw, healthy ingredients (nuts, dates, almonds)
-they contain loads of vitamins and other nutritional elements that the body needs. Just think of how many vitamins, trace elements, minerals nuts, dates, contain.
-they are pure energy, meaning they can boost our energy levels without the usual crashing after the energy rush is over (caffeine-sugar fans, sorry but that’s the truth).
-they’re made out of fiber-rich foods, so eating one or two can be incredibly filling and satisfying.
It is great for everyone!
How I made my healthy, gluten-free, alkaline, sugar-free Energy Balls.
Cook’s Notes: you can use any nuts or seeds you have in your kitchen. the base is always dates, as they act as a natural sweetener and binder for all the other ingredients you will use. Another key ingredient is the coconut oil. It will help along with the dates to make the mixture sticky enough to be able to form little balls. In case you don’t have dates, use dried figs, or prunes (also alkaline). Remember, there’s no standard recipe for those little energy monsters however, you want them to be made of healthy ingredients!
- 12 to 15 organic medjool dates
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 80 grs whole organic almonds
- 1 tsp organic cocoa powder
- 1.5 tsp organic cocoa nibs
- a bit of Himalayan salt
- 1-2 tps organic goji berries
- 1 tsp cold pressed organic coconut oil
- a bit more of cocoa powder
- some desiccated coconut
Yield: 16-20 energy balls (depending how big or small you want them)
Preparation time: 20-25 minutes
Instructions: Put all of the ingredients in the food processor and whizz away. The mix will become crumbly. Keep processing the mix until you see it becomes more sticky. If the mix seems to be a bit on the dry side, you can add only a teaspoon of water and then mix again. It should hold well now. Use a teaspoon to spoon out a small amount of the mix and roll it in your hands. Then on a plate put the desiccated coconut and on another the cocoa powder and roll some of the balls in each plate until they are coated with each ingredient. Job done!
Place all the energy balls in a plate and put them in the fridge for a couple of hours. Then they are ready to be enjoyed and boost your energy!
Tip: I like to make a bigger batch of these energy boosters, so I can enjoy them during the week. They can be stored in any food container and be a great alternative to any other sugary treats that lurk in the office.
Enjoy and share with me your favourite energy ball recipe!