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January 9, 2014

Raw energy balls

 If you find yourself reaching out for sweet things, check out these easy to make raw energy balls for a healthy snack. They’re super charged with nutrients such as protein, essential fats, magnesium and zinc to keep you firing on all cylinders and they’ll satisfy your sugar cravings completely.

Make up a batch and keep them in the fridge for up to a week. Pop a couple in your bag to take to work to keep you away from unhealthy snack temptations and share with your friends to make them smile. But most of all, enjoy!

Ingredients

  • About a handful each of:
  • Brazil nuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Flaxseeds
  • Almonds
  • (or any combination of nuts & seeds you would like)
  • Coconut flakes (raw or desiccated)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 dessertspoons 100% cocoa/cacao powder
  • Dash of almond milk (made fresh if desired, see below for recipe) or coconut milk or oat milk
  • A decent handful sultanas or raisins or dried figs, or all!
  • 1 tsp spirulina (optional)

Method

1) Grind the nuts & seeds in a coffee grinder (or a blender for a coarser texture)

2) Chop dried fruit in blender

3) Mix the ground nuts and seeds, chopped dried fruit, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 2 dessertspoons of chocolate powder and a good handful of the coconut flakes in the blender. (Add a teaspoon of spirulina if desired)

4) Moisten the mixture with a dash of your chosen milk. Add enough liquid so that the mixture becomes sticky (you may need to use a spoon to give it a stir if it gets too sticky)

5) Sprinkle a chopping board with more coconut flakes, cinnamon & chocolate powder

6) Make small balls with the mixture and roll onto the chopping board to coat each one in the coconut/chococolate dust

7) Pop them in the fridge and eat within a 2-3 days

8) Enjoy!

There are many versions of energy balls. This is just a guide so that you can get experimenting. Any combination of raw nuts and seeds and dried fruits will work. Use what you have available. Once you get into making these babies, you’ll never be without them. Get creative! And remember the most important ingredient of all: LOVE!

Article by Jo Rowkins DipNT MBANT, nutritional therapist and founder of awakening health.

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