Peanutty Energy Balls

What does nutritional yeast, green powder (alfalfa, spirulina, etc), oats, flax meal, and raw cocoa powder all have in common? I’m not sure about you, but when I first saw some of these ingredients together I wasn’t thinking that it could be something delicious. However, I happened to taste these “Nutty Power Balls” in a PCC Cooks class called SuperFoods by Fernanda Larson, and they were quite good. In addition to the ingredients mentioned above, they also contained almond butter, agave, coconut oil, wheat germ, and goji berries. Definitely some wonderful super foods!

Due to some allergies, I had to revamp the original recipe to a version that I could eat. Try them out for yourself and let me know how you like them.

  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • 1 ½ teaspoons coconut oil
  • ¾ cup gluten-free oats, ground
  • ¼ cup ground flax meal
  • 2 tablespoons raw cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon green powder of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon water (or milk)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup goji berries

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until well mixed, you may have to use your hands.  Once mixed, shape into small balls and place on parchment paper. Refrigerate to set.

What is so great about this recipe is how much you can change and mix things around. Feel free to omit the green powder if you like (I’ve tasted it with and without and didn’t even know it was there). Swap out the peanut butter for almond butter, cashew butter, pumpkin butter or your favorite nut butter. If you do not have an allergy to wheat/gluten, the original recipe called for wheat germ (add about 2 tablespoons raw wheat germ for extra B-vitamins and vitamin E…you may need an extra tablespoon or 2 of water or milk).

I added in cinnamon but I think next time, I would also add a pinch of nutmeg or cardamom. Or for a spicy kick, a pinch of cayenne powder.

*The goji berry, also know as wolfberry, is a nutrient dense fruit with high antioxidant value, which helps to decrease inflammation in the body. Goji berries are not as sweet as other dried fruits, contain fiber and protein, and are excellent sources of vitamins A and C, along with important minerals including iron, potassium, and calcium! In addition, they supply plenty of carotenoids, essential fatty acids, and phytosterols. Instead of goji berries, feel free to substitute your favorite fruit such as dried blueberries, cherries, apricots, or raisins.

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