I love making a large batch of these nutritious bites and eating them straight from the freezer whenever I feel hungry (in between meals). They are also perfect pre and post workout snacks and my go-to snack when hiking. Along with fresh fruit, they keep me sustained and energized throughout (even on long/overnight hikes) and I usually find that I do not need to eat anything else. This is no fixed recipe and they are basically flop-proof, so have fun playing around with ingredients and adjust according to taste and ingredient availability
Makes about 50 small power balls
- 2 cups Mixed nuts and seeds*
- 2 cups Dried dates** (or medjool dates)
- 1/3 cup Carob/raw cocoa powder
- 2 TBS – 1/3 cup raw honey (according to taste)
- 1/3 cup Peanut butter/tahini (sesame seed paste, high in protein and adds a nice flavour!)
- Pinch of salt
- Optional: 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ground/fresh ginger
- To coat: 1 cup Desiccated coconut (or extra raw cocoa powder, ground goji berries, hemp seeds etc.
(NB: if you have a powerful processor, you could try blend everything at the same time, but this is what I do with ours to make it easier):
- Blend nuts and seeds in food processor, until chopped finely (but not powder!)
- Add rest of ingredients (except for pre-soaked dates) and blend.
- Add dates and blend once more.
- Roll small handfuls of the mixture into balls (about 2cm in diameter), then roll into desiccated coconut or other coatings
- Best kept in freezer. Enjoy!
* I normally use cashew nuts/walnuts and sunflower seeds, but any other nut/seed is also great eg: almonds, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds etc.
Also, when snacking, I generally like to pre-soak the nuts and seeds (for at least an hour) especially if using almonds, as I find that my body more easily digests them. There are many benefits to soaking nuts and seeds such as reducing/eliminating phytic acid and neutralising inhibitors to release enzymes. You can read more here. However, pre-soaking nuts/seeds for these powerballs can cause the mixture to turn wet and sticky. Adding extra dry ingredients such as desiccated coconut can help with this. The power balls will have a softer texture (as opposed to a more chewy/crunchy texture if left unsealed). Again, decide according to personal preference.
**If using dried dates (versus medjool dates), pre-soak them for at least 30min – this makes it easier to process/blend (I usually use just dates, but you can also add raisins, dried apricots, figs, cranberries, goji berries etc)
- Spicy Chai: leave out peanut butter/tahina and add instead: 1-2 tsp fresh grated ginger/ground ginger, 2 cardamom seeds (open up pod and remove), 1-2 tsp cinnamon, pinch ground cloves
- Choc Orange (a personal favourite): leave out peanut butter/tahini and add instead: rind/zest of 1-2 oranges (organic if possible), 1-2 tsp juice of orange, 1/2 cup extra nuts/seeds/coconut, extra 1 TBS raw cacao or cocoa powder (for a rich dark chocolatey flavour)
- Vanilla: leave out peanut butter/tahina and add instead: 1-2 tsp vanilla extract/powder (a base of cashews work well with the vanilla flavour)
- Peppermint Choc: leave out peanut butter/tahina and add instead: 1/2 – 1 tsp peppermint extract and extra 1 TBS raw cacao or cocoa powder (for a rich dark chocolatey flavour), optional: a few sprigs of fresh mint and/or raw cacao nibs
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