This weekend has been really busy as I’m attending the UKTA National Seminar and Black belt grading, which starts on Friday 11th with a seminar from 6-9pm, then the seminar continues on Saturday from 10-5pm and then the grading starts at 10am on Sunday, till once everyone has been tested.
So I needed food that was easily digestible and full of energy to keep me going. This resulted in me spending most of Thursday making banana bread and energy balls. Both of which are based on the recipes I’ve learnt from Deliciously Ella.
The banana bread is a simple mix of nuts, rice flour, bananas, honey, cinnamon and then I constantly experiment adding in different extras which you can read all about in my previous blog post – going bananas for banana bread.
The energy from the nuts and bananas is perfect and the energy balls are based on a similar mix, however they have loads of dates in them. Which are amazing energy food as they’re an easily digestible carbohydrate and glucose rich source of functional fuel. Which basically means you can convert them into energy really quickly.
The recipe I use to make my energy balls is:
- 200g any nut (almonds, cashews, walnuts ect)
- 400g dates (Medjool dates are the best)
- 4 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
- 3 tablespoons of nut butter (almond, peanut ect)
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 2-3 tablespoons of nut milk (almond, hazelnut ect)
Method (very simple):
- Put all the nuts into a food processor and whizz for about 30 seconds or until they look as crushed up as you like them – so the crunchier you want the balls the less whizzing they need!
- Then pit the dates and add them and everything else in and blend away!
You might have to spoon the mix off the side a few times to make sure it has all blended well. Or you can always add a bit more nut milk. However if you make the mix too wet, the balls will end up being a bit soft.
Once your mix is nicely blended and sticky, just roll them out in balls and pop them in the freezer for an hour or so to set and then store them in the fridge. I like to roll them in desiccated coconut, as it tastes delicious and stops them all sticking to each other!
If you want a bit more of a superfood protein hit to your balls then you use the above recipe but switch out the raw cacao powder for spirulina powder. If you haven’t heard of spirulina before it’s a natural algae powder that is incredibly high in protein, the essential amino acids and a good source of antioxidants, B-vitamins and other nutrients. It’s also extremely high in chlorophyll, which helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system. So you might end up with not so pretty green balls (appearance is improved when rolled is desiccated coconut) but they are delicious and extremely good for you! I get my spirulina powder from Indigo Herbs of Glastonbury: http://www.indigo-herbs.co.uk/shop/buy/organic-spirulina-powder as it’s amazing quality, organic and contains only 100% pure botanical ingredients.
When it comes to the nut choice, it’s mainly down to what type you like the flavour of the most. I chose almonds this time as they are a great source of magnesium, which is essential for so many things in the body, including helping the muscles relax and prevent cramping. There is also no reason why you couldn’t use a mix of different types of nuts!
Hope you enjoy making and eating this delicious energy food too!