The inspiration for this recipe came from my friend Lynn at a weekend advanced holistic nutrition class. Lynn is a busy lady and I haven't received it yet but I had the opportunity to play around in the kitchen a few days ago so I developed.....ta da....the Energy Orb. Brutal name I know, the A team wanted to name them fudge balls. I think I saw Aidan snicker, but really, I cannot use the word "balls" in a recipe title.
These tasty treats are packed with antioxidants, healthy fats, fiber, protein and complex carbohydrates. Energy orbs make a great snack for a day on the hill, after a workout or hockey practice, late night snack craving. Reaching for that 4:00 pm coffee? Replace it with an energy orb. Get the idea?
Packed full of nutrition, I promise these are so delicious. I know that I drill this into my clients all the time but, for those of you who do not know, chia is a tiny black seed loaded with omega 3, omega 6, antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, iron and fiber. Protein from the chia, seeds and nut butter will help keep you satiated, build and repair muscle and balance blood sugar. Raw cocoa powder is also loaded with antioxidants however regular cocoa powder is not so go for the raw. This nutrient packed snack is amazing for you skin.
If you want to keep these nut free replace the nut butter with tahini or sunflower seed butter. I used a base of sunflower seeds and sesame seeds and added whatever other seeds I had on hand. Pumpkin seeds would work or ground flax. Really these are very versatile. I rolled half in toasted coconut and half in raw cocoa powder, other raw nuts or seeds would be equally as delicious. For the dried fruit I went with Thompson raisins and soaked goji berries however, dried blueberries, cranberries, dates, mango and apricots would be great. The possibilites are endless.
I will be hosting a SKIN HEALTH cooking class and information night April 30th. If you are want the secrets to healthy, glowing, blemish free skin, please send an email to email@example.com. We will be sampling these along with other foods to help keep your skin looking young and healthy. There will also be skin care samples from an amazing natural skin care line I use. Perhaps even some antioxidant wine??
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup sesame
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1 cup whole oats (gluten free if needed)
1 tsp vanilla powder or vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup raw cocoa powder (cacao)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup goji berries, soaked and drained
1/2 cup organic raisins
1 cup almond butter
1/4 cup warmed coconut oil
1/2 cup raw honey
1 cup toasted coconut, for rolling
raw cocoa powder, for rolling
Soak the dried goji berries in warm water while measuring out the other ingredients. If your raisins are really dry, soak them as well and drain.
In a dry non stick skillet, toast the sesame seeds and sunflower seeds over low heat just until they start to release their oils and they are warm to touch. DO NOT burn. This should only take a few minutes. Add the seeds to the remainder of the ingredients.
Combine all the ingredients in a kitchen aid mixer or in a bowl and mix together really well. Shape into small balls and roll in nuts, seeds or cocoa powder. Place in the fridge or freezer to firm up and store in a sealed container in the fridge until ready to eat. This makes approximately 24 small bites. I store the remainder in the freezer and pop them out and into lunches when needed.