Z’s Powerballs

Z’s Powerballs

I love making a large batch of these nutritious bites and eating them straight from the freezer whenever I feel hungry (in between meals). They are also perfect pre and post workout snacks and my go-to snack when hiking. Along with fresh fruit, they keep me sustained and energised throughout (even on long/overnight hikes) and I usually find that I do not need to eat anything else. This¬†is no fixed recipe and they are basically flop-proof, so have fun playing around with ingredients and adjust according to taste and ingredient availability ūüôā

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Basic Powerballs

Makes about 50 small power balls 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Mixed nuts and seeds*¬†
  • 2 cups Dried dates** (or medjool dates)
  • 1/3 cup Carob/raw cocoa powder
  • 2 TBS – 1/3 cup raw honey (according to taste)
  • 1/3 cup Peanut butter/tahini (sesame seed paste, high in protein and adds a nice flavour!)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional: 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ground/fresh ginger
  • To coat: 1 cup Desiccated coconut (or extra raw cocoa powder, ground goji berries, hemp seeds etc.¬†

Method:
(NB: if you have a powerful processor, you could try blend everything at the same time, but this is what I do with ours to make it easier):

  1. Blend nuts and seeds in food processor, until chopped finely (but not powder!)
  2. Add rest of ingredients (except for pre-soaked dates) and blend.
  3. Add dates and blend once more.
  4. Roll small handfuls of the mixture into balls (about 2cm in diameter), then roll into desiccated coconut or other coatings
  5. Best kept in freezer. Enjoy!

Notes:

* I normally use cashew nuts/walnuts and sunflower seeds, but any other nut/seed is also great eg: almonds, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds etc.

Also, when snacking, I generally like to pre-soak the nuts and seeds (for at least an hour) especially if using almonds, as I find that my body more easily digests them. There are many benefits to soaking nuts and seeds such as reducing/eliminating phytic acid and neutralising inhibitors to release enzymes. You can read more here. However, pre-soaking nuts/seeds for these powerballs can cause the mixture to turn wet and sticky. Adding extra dry ingredients such as desiccated coconut can help with this. The power balls will have a softer texture (as opposed to a more chewy/crunchy texture if left unsealed). Again, decide according to personal preference.

**If using dried dates (versus medjool dates), pre-soak them for at least 30min Рthis makes it easier to process/blend (I usually use just dates, but you can also add raisins, dried apricots, figs, cranberries, goji berries etc)

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Variations

  • Spicy Chai: leave out¬†peanut butter/tahina and add instead: 1-2 tsp fresh grated ginger/ground ginger, 2 cardamom seeds (open up pod and remove), 1-2 tsp cinnamon, ¬†pinch ground cloves
  • Choc¬†Orange (a personal favourite): leave out peanut butter/tahini¬†and add instead: rind/zest of 1-2 oranges (organic if possible), 1-2 tsp juice of orange, 1/2 cup extra nuts/seeds/coconut, extra 1 TBS raw cacao or cocoa powder (for a rich dark chocolatey flavour)
  • Vanilla:¬†leave out¬†peanut butter/tahina and add instead: 1-2 tsp vanilla extract/powder (a base of cashews work well with the vanilla flavour)
  • Peppermint Choc:¬†leave out¬†peanut butter/tahina and add instead: 1/2 –¬†1 tsp peppermint extract and¬†extra 1 TBS raw cacao or cocoa powder (for a rich dark chocolatey flavour), optional: a few sprigs of fresh mint and/or raw cacao nibs

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One Comment Add yours

  1. lironchara says:

    I’ve made similar ones before, our blender hates dates. So I buy the packaged bricks of dates, warm it up for a minute or so and then mash them! Works like a charm and the kids love it. I love your site Zarah ūüôā

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