My photograph does not do these yummy balls justice!
They may appear slightly odd looking but they are delicious, healthy snacks.
I tend to get an energy slump around early afternoon and a little sugar free, sweet treat helps to give me a boost, without the dreaded sugar highs and lows.
Combined with dates, nuts and seeds,these healthy snacks, also contain the added superfood powers of spirulina and cacao powder.
What is Spirulina?
Spirulina is an freshwater algae that has been freeze dried into a dark green powder. It has quite a strong pond like smell and is best mixed with tasty things to mask the distinctive taste but stick with it, because there are many benefits. Spirulina contains around 60% of complete protein which helps to energise you.
What is Cacao?
The cacao bean gives us cocoa butter, chocolate and cacao. Cocao is raw chocolate, so less processed and cocoa is when it’s been roasted. Both types are full of antioxidants. The things that help you to feel blissed out!
They are excellent for nibbling on pre or post yoga class. Recently, I brought a selection to a workshop and though I say it myself they went down a storm!
So as requested, here are the recipes for Spirulina balls and Cacoa balls. It’s fine to use cocoa powder instead of cacao.
I like to use Medjool dates, they are super soft and sweet.
You will need a food processor.
Once you get the hang of it, experiment with your favourite flavours- almond or peanut butter are tasty additions.
75g sunflower seeds
75g pumpkin seeds
200g dates pitted
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp spirulina
pinch of salt
Blend the cashews, pumpkin and sunflower seeds in the food processor until they become crumbly.
Then add the remaining ingredients and blend well.
Take about a tablespoon of mixture and roll into walnut sized balls. Put into the fridge to set for an hour.
100g dates pitted
50g cacao powder
2 tbsp coconut oil
Process the almonds until they are like breadcrumbs and then throw all the other ingredients in and process well.
When it is sticking together, scoop a tablespoon amount, quickly roll into a ball. Leave in the fridge for at least an hour to set.