Thursday, 23 April 2015
RECIPE: Cacao & Maca Balls
Confession: I'm mad about Maca. As in, the superfood that is packed full of nutritional goodness that claims to boost your metabolism and stabilise your hormones. Basically, everything and more that I'm asking for in a superfood.
Everyone and their dog have recipes for 'snack balls' (stop with your dirty mind...), so what I've got here isn't exactly innovative. However, these sort of recipes can be chopped and changed to suit your liking and what ingredients you've got/can get hold of. Change the nuts you use, the superfood add-ins, the binding ingredient - just experiment.
This particular combination is perfect if you're after a chocolatey, brownie-like hit, yet you're having some hormonal issues at the moment, or if you're having breakouts left right and centre. It's all those indulgent desires rolled into one nutritionally delicious ball.
Currently I'm trying to maintain eating as well as possible, all the while powering through my final few weeks of University work before my degree is over. This means brain food, yet this means good brain food. No biscuits or sharing bags of sweets - I need good, filling snacks that are going to keep my tummy happy, keep my stress levels to a minimum, give me the energy to get through my work and also be packed full of goodness.
These cacao and maca balls are just that and the best part is that they are SO easy to make.
These will last up to 2 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge, meaning you can make these and not have to worry about preparing future snacks as they'll be waiting for you in the fridge.
I made this with a Nutribullet too, which was fiddly, I won't lie, but very quick and resulted in the perfect consistency. Just a tiny splash of water was needed to make sure everything was properly binding together. However, a food processor is going to be less faff than a Nutribullet so feel free to make these in there.
Approx. 6 large Medjool Dates (1 cup)
1 cup cashew nuts
2 tbsp cacao powder (or use good quality cocoa powder)
2 tbsp maca powder
1 tbsp cashew butter
1 tbsp coconut oil (optional)
Pinch of salt
1. Add in your cashews. Pulse until a chopped/fine consistency
2. Add in your remaining ingredients. Chop the dates if needs be to prevent large chunks of dates. Feel free to omit the coconut oil for more cashew butter, or alternatively use a different nut butter. The coconut oil will add a subtle coconut flavour.
3. If you're struggling to bind the ingredients, add a tiny splash of water.
4. Once combined, take pieces of the mixture and roll into balls with the palm of your hands. Pop in the freezer for 15 minutes or so and then keep in an airtight container in the fridge for no longer than 2 weeks.
Let me know if you try these - tweet or tag me in any pictures too. Are you a fan of maca? What's your favourite snack ball combination?
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