If I had to pick one of my favourite healthy and quick snacks to make it would definitely have to be the “energy ball” . I make all kinds of different combinations when it comes to making energy balls, it usually ends up being whatever I have in the cupboard at the time thrown together, but this recipe is one of my all time favourites.
These energy balls are made with two of my favourite adaptogens. What is an adaptogen you ask?
Adaptogens are natural substances derived from plants or botanicals that help the body adapt to stress, anxiety and fatigue. The adaptogens used in this recipe are maca and ashwagandha. Maca is a natural energy booster and is also great for balancing hormones. Ashwagandha is used for its calming benefits, it also helps reduce inflammation and improve your memory!
The other thing I love about these two adaptogens is that they are the easiest/most common ones to find in stores (especially in Cape Breton!)! You can check with your local health food store or bulk food store and they will most likely carry them. If not, you could get them on Amazon or online health food stores.
Check out the recipe below and if you make them, let me know your thoughts!
3/4 cup walnuts
3/4 cup almonds
8 dates (pitted)
1/8 cup chia seeds
1.5 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup cacao powder
1.5 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp maca powder
2 tbsp ashwagandha powder
2 tbsp cacao nibs (optional, as these can be quite bitter)
Soak dates in warm water for approximately 10 minutes to soften
While dates are soaking chop nuts and seeds in food processor
Strain water from the dates, add to processor and pulse until a dough-like consistency forms
Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until well combined
Form into balls
Roll in cacao powder, unsweetened coconut or chopped nuts (this step is also optional)
Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days
If you are pregnant and/or lactating, it is advised to limit the use of adaptogens or avoid all together, if you wish to play it safe, you can still enjoy this recipe without the use of the adaptogens!