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I call these balls a SuperHero because that is what they are. Of all the energy balls out there, these ones are the hero both in taste and nutrition. They are Super easy to make, Super good for you and Super energising.
Chia seeds are a know super food or functional food. Being the functional food that they are, chia offer benefits beyond their nutritional value, such as lowering cholesterol or improving gut health. Health claims about chia seeds include reducing appetite and weight, lowering triglycerides, and improving blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes. They are a great source of protein, high in vitamins E & B-complex and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron. They are the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. Chia has also been known to be beneficial for chronic inflammation, heart disease, and brain function. They are known to help improve memory, sharpen focus and concentration skills, and reduce brain fog and forgetfulness.
Dates are a great natural sweetener that is high in fibre and iron.
Walnuts are a rich in antioxidants, the highest of any other nut. Walnuts provide us with a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, known to promote healthy digestion and decrease inflammation, supports weight control.
I use tahini because it is a great source of calcium and I can’t get enough of the flavour! Feel free to replace the tahini with another kind of nut butter.
I make these, store them in the fridge and grab a couple when I need a sugar fix or some afternoon energy.
Let’s do this…
Superhero Energy Balls
- 240grams/8½ounces medjool dates about 14 pieces
- 160grams/5½ounces walnut halves about 1 heaping cup
- 1½ cups cups gluten free rolled oats I like the large flake
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp ground flax seed (flax meal)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 pinches coarse flaky sea salt I like Maldon
- ¼ cup unpasteurized runny honey not raw
- ¼ cup tahini
- ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut to roll the balls in
- Small handful cacao nibs
- 3 tbsp cacao powder
- In the food processor, mix together the pitted dates, walnuts, oats, chia, flax, cinnamon and salt until a fine crumb appears.
- Add the honey and tahini to the processor and mix again. Empty to a large mixing bowl. Add any of the optional ingredients if using.
- Roll into walnut-sized balls. Place onto a prep sheet, sprinkle the coconut all over and roll them so that the coconut coats the balls.
- Refrigerate for about 1 hour to harden. I freeze them at this point and take a few out each day as needed.