Afternoon Tea: Healthy Powerball Recipe
I had some friends stopping by this afternoon and so I ran into the kitchen and whipped up a healthy POWERBALL recipe.
The general rule of Powerballing is to add mainly crunch to something moist, making sure there’s something slightly sweet in there to pull it all together. You could make savoury ones – I’ve been working on a recipes with sun dried tomatoes and pumpkin seeds – but am yet to perfect it.
The rationale behind Powerballing is to get a bite size [bra_highlight style=”highlight1″]KAPOW[/bra_highlight] of protein, energy and taste all at the same time. They are a great alternative for that afternoon or post dinner sugar craving. They are better for you than a chocolate bar or a bag of M&Ms and can be whipped up in less than 10minutes.
I’m not always one to follow recipes so this afternoon I rummaged through the kitchen cupboards to see what I could find – medjool dates, macadamias, cacao (nibs & powder), walnuts, bananas, and molasses. Sounds like a good combo to me!
The goodness in these Powerballs comes from a number of the ingredients:
* [bra_highlight style=”highlight1″]Essential Fatty Acids[/bra_highlight] in the macadamias and walnuts. These good fats are perfect for healthy mood, skin and hormones. Adding fats to your snacks means you’ll stay fuller for longer.
* [bra_highlight style=”highlight1″]Magnesium[/bra_highlight] in the cacao and dates. Magnesium is an essential mineral. It is involved in over 200 chemical pathways in the body. It is a natural muscle relaxant, helping you feel calm and happy. It is also integral in creating and maintaining cellular energy to keep you going full steam ahead.
* [bra_highlight style=”highlight1″]Iron[/bra_highlight] in the molasses. Perfect for women, vegetarians and teenagers who are low in iron. This serving of molasses gives you about 95% of your daily intake needs. Many women are low in iron and should be increasing dietary sources of it. If you’re feeling tired, experiencing shortness of breath and a low libido perhaps your iron levels need checking at the GP.
You can develop your own healthy powerball recipe just by mixing dried fruit and nuts or seeds together with some extra flavour. Give it a go yourself!
[bra_highlight style=”highlight2″]Afternoon Powerball[/bra_highlight]
- 5 medjool dates, deseeded
- 1/2 fresh banana
- 1 tbs cacao powder
- 1 tab cacao nibs
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup macadamias
- 2 desert spoons molasses
Put all the ingredients in your food processor and blitz until combined but still with some variation of textures. This will depend on how powerful your processor is. Mine took about 2-3 minutes.
If your mixture is too dry and crumbly add some more molasses or a little more banana to make it sticky.
If it is too sticky add some more nuts to dry it out. Once combined but still crunchy roll them into little balls with dry hands!
You can finish them off by by rolling the powerballs in extra cacaco or coconut flakes, or sesame seeds.
Put them in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to set.
Mine worked out pretty tasty. Everyone seemed to like them, even if they were a bit sticky.