Paleo and Vegan Free
You will need:
24 soaked dates
1 cup cashews
1 cup walnuts
1 cup pumpkin seeds
3 t vanilla essence
6 T cocoa powder
3 teaspoons orange essence
3 T honey
1/8 t chilli powder
1-1/2 t cinnamon
1/3 c cacao nibs (optional but gives the ball an interesting texture)
Coating: coarsely ground pumpkin seeds mixed with dessicated coconut.
Soak dates in boiling water for at least 10 mins. Drain and squeeze as much water out as possible and set aside. Place cashews, walnuts and pumpkin seeds into processor and process until a coarse texture. Add vanilla and orange essences, cocoa, honey, chilli, cinnamon and dates. Process to a fine texture. Add cacao nibs and pulse until mixed through. Makes 12 60g balls. Roll balls in pumpkin/coconut mixture.
One really cool thing about some of the ingredients I have chosen for this recipe:
Cashews: A great mineral source, cashews contain 31% of the daily recommended value for copper. Copper affects pigmentation in the skin and hair.
Pumpkin seeds: are a rich source of zinc which helps repair damaged tissues and heal wounds, and for healthy skin and hair.
Walnuts: Walnuts are the main “non-fish” source of alpha-linolenic acid, which gets transformed into omega-3 fatty acids in our bodies and can help reduce the risk of heart disease by improving blood flow around the arteries.
Cinnamon: helps regulate blood sugar – helps when trying to kick the sugar habit.
Chilli: Increases circulation – good to have daily during winter to keep you warm.
Cacao Nibs: Cacao nibs are cocoa beans that have been roasted, separated from their husks and broken into smaller pieces. Basically chocolate at its rawest. Studies show that cocoa nibs have higher antioxidant levels than blueberries, red wine and green tea. The antioxidants in cocoa nibs are also more stable than in other foods and are easy for the body to assimilate. Also contains a little caffeine, so good for a pick me up.
Dates: When it comes to the number of minerals, vitamins, and health-benefiting phytonutrients in dates, suffice it to say there are a lot of them. First and foremost, they’re easily digested, allowing your body to make full use of their goodness.
I wanted to create a snack, without processed sugar, wheat and dairy, which people could enjoy not only because it is delicious but super good for them too. This delicious snack is totally guilt-free! Elisa x