Nut-free chocolaty energy balls
Healthy energy balls, bliss balls or protein balls – whatever you want to call them, are simply small, healthy and portable snackettes that are perfect for munching on during the day.
We make a few different types – but these mint chocolate energy balls are definitely among our favourites; they taste great but are also nut-free, so if you have children, they can include them in a lunchbox.
We use peppermint extract in the energy balls; peppermint supports digestion as well as makes us think of mint-choc-chip icecream (if mint isn’t your thing just leave it out – the recipe will still taste great).
The balls contain pumpkin seeds – one of the few plant sources of Omega 3 fats, but also a great source of zinc and magnesium, as well as tryptophan – which converts to our ‘feel-good’ hormone serotonin, and our ‘sleep’ hormone melatonin.
We combine them with sunflower seeds – the richest seed source of vitamin E as well as high fibre and antioxidant prunes and dates for sweetness.
If you can find cacao, use it in preference to cocoa powder; cacao contains the highest antioxidant levels of virtually any plant. Finally the coconut oil adds a creamy sweetness but also has antiviral and antibacterial properties, helping to support the immune system – if you’ve made our homemade coconut milk, use your remaining dessicated coconut or coconut flour to dust!
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