Why? I find these perfect as a delicious, slow-release, energy snack option. They’re ideal for those times you need something healthy, easy and fast! It’s also a great way to add in some alkalizing green goodies, without overpowering the taste.
When? Ideal for mid-morning or afternoon, and for lunch boxes ~ kids love them
Note ** these ingredients help to lower the GI (which means a healthier, slower energy release)
1.5 cups of a mix of any/all of almonds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, pre-soaked in filtered water overnight, drained just before use **
1/2 cup dates, pre-soaked overnight, in just enough filtered water to cover them, drained just before use
1-2 tbsp unsweetened cocao powder
1 tsp spirulina powder
1/8 tsp cinnamon **
A couple of drops of natural vanilla or almond extract
50 ml filtered water as needed
What to do
Place the seeds and nuts into the food processor and blend well with the S-blade. I like a little more texture in my food, so my bending time maybe less than yours, if you prefer your food texture smoother. Gradually add in the dates, cacao powder and spirulina. Lastly – add in the vanilla and cinnamon.
Finally, you can add the extra water according to the texture you prefer, and if your mixture is clumping together too much to grind/mix up properly.
Pop the mixture into a bowl, pinch off pieces of the mixture and roll in your palms into golf-balls. If you make them a little bigger – they can be handy after a good work out or a long walk!
Makes enough for 10-12 balls, depending on the size you make.
Your Yummy Energy Boosters will keep for a couple of weeks in a sealed BPA-free container in the fridge. They’re also really gorgeous frozen and will keep for several months…fab with ice cream (check out my article in Sweet Living online magazine!)
I use 2 cups of nuts/seeds if I’m wanting to ‘up’ my protein and iron. Mix up the seeds and nuts for variety – great options include brazils / macademias / walnuts, and unhulled sesame seeds.
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O., I.N.H.C., is The LifeStyle Aligner. She’s an experienced practitioner since 1992 in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified Osteopath, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, speaker, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, and Health Brand Ambassador.