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 protected] 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