health nut balls
Posted: October 22, 2012 Filed under: snacks, vegetarian
There’s a special place in my kitchen cupboard dedicated to all those crazy life-enhancing ‘restorative’ health foods I’ve purchased in a guilty haze after overdoing it or when I’m feeling under the weather. Zip lock bags of spirulina powder, maca powder, wheatgrass and wheatgerm all shoved to the back ready and waiting to anoint a bowl of porridge or salad. Endlessly waiting because of course, this is something I never, ever do.
Back in the day when I had actual time and evenings I could call my own, I would sometimes attend hot yoga classes where they would sell these little balls made of spirulina, ginseng, raw cacao and all manner of other crazy ‘superfoods’, for an extortionate amount of money. Full of ‘healthy’ protein, they’re supposed to be the perfect energy bombs in portable snack form. I’m not sure how good for you spirulina and maca powder really are, I know they’ve been called ‘superfood superheroes’ but personally, I don’t really buy into the whole superfoods thing. I just remember them tasting incredibly delicious.
Desperate to decimate the junk in my cupboards, I wondered how hard it might be to make my own. Not hard at all as it turns out. Don’t worry if you don’t have all of these ingredients, the key thing is to bind your oats and powders with the apple juice, so use whatever you have lurking around. Muesli and almond butter rolled in flakes of dried coconut is another delicious combination (in retrospect I wish I’d left the wheatgrass out as it truly is disgusting stuff). These handy little balls are the ideal thing for stashing in your bag and quelling those on the go late-afternoon munchies, perfect for us busy types who don’t always want to nibble on rubbish.
makes 8 balls
2 tbsp. wheatgerm
2 tbsp. spriulina powder
2 tbsp. wheatgrass powder
2 tbsp. maca powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
100ml apple juice
3 tbsp. peanut butter
1 tbsp. honey
6 tbsp. tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
- In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, wheatgerm, spirulina powder, maca powder and wheatgrass powder. Add the salt and sprinkle over the vanilla extract.
- Mash in the peanut butter and honey and gradually drip in the apple juice until you’re left with a soft, slightly sticky play-doh like dough.
- Adjust the salt and honey to taste.
- Using a scrap of cling film shape tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls and dip in the sesame seeds
- Leave in the fridge for an hour or so to set before wrapping in cling film ready for the next time you need to snack on something insanely healthy.