With the term superfoods being bandied about somewhat these days, how do you harness their power without resorting to silly fads, spending unnecessarily, or being stuck with a cupboard full of ingredients that taste terrible? Power Balls, that’s how. These bite sized pieces are utterly delicious, as in actually delicious, as in forgetting their nutritional prowess, these might as well be chocolate truffles delicious. My Partner in Crime is certainly one who is all about flavour, and he loves them.
You will have to do a special shop for ingredients, and I cannot stress enough that you should buy online. High street retailers charge exorbitant prices for some of these items, so you are much better off going online. I purchased from healthysupplies.co.uk, and can’t fault them. Great prices and service.
These power balls make the perfect on-the-go pick me up, and are very rich and filling, so will stave off your cravings for potentially useless snack foods.
The nutritional benefits are great as well. Cacao is beneficial for your heart, your memory, your skins, your kidneys – the list goes on. Maca powder, which is a root from the radish family, and offers a gorgeous caramel and earthy flavour, is a good source of energy and can help stabilise moods. Coconut oil is super for your skin, immunity and staves off heart disease. Almonds can lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and promote weight loss. Dates offer a terrific source of fibre and are packed with vitamins and essential minerals such as magnesium and zinc. Honey is rich in antioxidants and can reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease. It’s also anti-bacterial. Chia seeds are filled with protein, offer lots of fibre and antioxidants, and are high in omega 3 fatty acids.
I’ve just listed a few benefits of each ingredient as there are many, many more, but let’s not worry too much about that, just know that these little balls are doing a whole lot of good for you.
This recipe will yield about 22 balls. Keep them refrigerated and eat within 2 weeks.
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1/3 cup raw organic cacao
- 1/3 cup organic maca powder
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 10 dates
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
- bit of water to combine the mixture
- Place all ingredients in a large bowl and combine well with a spoon.
- Shape into balls the size of a cherry tomato. Keep refrigerated.