Beauty and Brain Boosting Energy Bites

Even though this recipes is simple, I realize some of the ingredients may not be staples in your kitchen. Before I started experimenting more with recipes I have to admit I was pretty bad at following them. I did not like making recipes that took multiple ingredients I would likely only use once, so I would just make my own version. I guess that’s what I still do in a sense. So I will share a few other meals/snacks that you can use with the ingredients below along with some of the health benefits.

Coconut butter: Replace for butter in baking, or spreading on bread, add it to oatmeal, smoothies, eat from the container. Seriously, everyday.  Coconut butter is great for curbing a sweet tooth. Its healthy fat content plus the 2 grams of fiber in 1 tbs. can help keep you satiated longer. It is creamy and taste very sweet but is low in sugar. It’s lauric acid content boost immunity by destroying harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungus.

Goji powder: Best in smoothies and desserts. Great addition to RAW desserts. Goji berries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. They contain a high level and array of antioxidants. They are tiny but mighty. One serving contains 4 grams of protein, 18 amino acids and over 20 trace minerals. To give some perspective,  Goji berries provide more beta-carotene than carrots, more iron than soybeans and spinach, and more vitamin C than oranges. (1)

Hemp Seeds: Top on salads, oatmeal, cereal, make hemp milk, or add to RAW desserts. One tablespoon of hemp seeds contains about 5.3 grams of protein, 1.6 grams of fiber, and 13% of your daily Iron and Vitamin A.  (2)  Hemp seeds source of arginine and gamma-linolenic can be linked to reduced risk of heart disease. Their optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to decrease inflammation that aides in cardiovascular health, brain health, and skin health. (3)

Pecans: You likely aren’t a stranger to pecans, but just incase, you can add them to cereal, granola, oatmeal, salads, desserts, make homemade milk or pecan butter. Pecans have the highest level of antioxidants compared to other tree nuts. Their fiber content is beneficial for digestive health, and a healthy digestive system is vital to overall health. The mineral content in pecan’s may promote musculoskeletal health, decreased blood pressure, and decreased inflammation. (4)

(gluten-free, refined-sugar free, paleo, vegan)

Time: 10 minutes         Serves: 6-8 balls

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup of raw pecans
  • 1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of goji berry powder
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut butter melted
  • Pinch of sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • 1 tablespoon of almond milk (or any alternative milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla (optional)

Directions

  1. Add the pecans, hemps seeds, salt, and goji berry powder to a food processor and pulse until loosely combined in thick chunks.
  2. If the coconut butter is solid, place the container in warm water on the stove top until it’s liquid.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons melted coconut butter and the vanilla extract to the food processor and blend for a few seconds. While it is blending add the tablespoon of milk until it begins to clump together.
  4. Once in dough form, embrace your inner child and roll like playdoh into small balls. It should yield about 6-8 depending on the sized you make them.
  5. For visual appeal and added flavor, roll the balls in the goji powder.
  6. Place on a plate or in a container without touching and place in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes before eating.

Tip: If you want to make a large batch store them in the freezer. You can eat them directly from the freezer or you can leave them out for a few minutes before eating. 

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