A recipe! How exciting.
There are many recipes out there that use the basic ingredients that I am using today but this one I created in a flash and it is really tasty! Naturally sweetened with dates it is a great snack that also offers fats and antioxidants and it is ready in a snap, all you need is a food processor!
Let’s talk nutrition! These little balls of goodness have all kinds of special ingredients that are nourishing to our bodies, in addition to tasting wonderful!
Dates: they are a source of easy to digest carbohydrates and they are a good source of fiber, each ball has just over one gram coming from the dates alone. They are also a good source of vitamins and minerals, like B vitamins and potassium, an important mineral for balancing out sodium which many people get too much of leading to an imbalance causing cell communication problems.
Almonds: these have a high fat content, which is a good way to balance out blood sugar and mange the carbohydrates coming from the dates in this recipe. Raw almond, like I used here, contain antioxidant flavonoids and laetrile, these components help make almonds a cancer fighting food. They are also great for lowering harmful cholesterol because they provide healthy fats.
Cocoa (or cacao if you have it!) and unsweetened chocolate: I used cocoa in this recipe, although not as powerful as cacao powder, it is still rich in nutrients. Choose the natural kind, not dutch processed. Cocoa and chocolate is rich in flavanoids, plant pigments responsible for the health benefits of many fruits and vegetables. In addition to that, it increase the absortion of these compounds making it a deliciously palatable way to get more flavanoids into your body.
Maca Powder: maca powder comes from a Peruvian root that is dried and ground. It is was used before long journeys as a sustained energy and vitality support, is a source of calcium and magnesium for bones and muscle health, and is used for balancing hormones, a major concern in todays society.
Ginger: ground ginger is made from the dried root you find at the grocery store, it is spicy and warming. Ginger has been traditionally used to calm the stomach but it also helps eliminate gas and bloating and helps with inflammation due to the gingerols content. These substances can inhibit the formation of inflammatory cytokines reducing pain from things like arthritis. Fresh ginger contains higher content of gingerols than the dried version.
All these ingredients make these little balls packed with wonderful energy and nutrients, and like I said they are quick to pull together and then you can enjoy them straight from the freezer as a little snack!
Chocolate Ginger Energy Balls
10 soft, pitted dates
½ cup raw whole almonds
1 tbsp raw maca powder
1 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened, NOT Dutch processed)
½ oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp water
Add all ingredients except the water to your food processor and process until nuts and dates are about the same size. If the mixture is dry and wont stick together when pressed against the side, add in water, 1 tsp at a time until the dough is sticky but not wet and will hold together. Roll tbsp sized balls and store in the freezer.
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Amanda is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist out of Southwest Middlesex, and London ON. She works with clients to help them achieve their health and wellness goals!
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