I’ve been having a chocolate week. One of those weeks where the only thing – absolutely and utterly the only thing – keeping me going has been chocolate and sweets. Not even good, dark chocolate either – just the sort of chocolate that is 100% about the sugar and not about anything else…
Now that I’ve hit a weekend, it’s clearly time to try to claw my way back from the brink, and the first step is filling the house with food that will give me energy but isn’t absolutely full of things that are terrible for me. In other words – it’s time for more raw truffles, though these ones are more closely related to the average muesli bar than to anything rich and chocolatey. Which might be a mistake, come to think of it, but never mind that.
Anyway, these little snacks contain a whole alphabet of vitamins from the fruit, not to mention all sorts of proteins and minerals and omega 6 fats (to make your brain happy!) from the sunflower seeds, and a bit of low-GI carbohydrate from the oats. They are positively *offensive* in their healthiness, but they are so tangy that I don’t mind. Mmm, tangy…
Your shopping list80 g sunflower seeds 20 g rolled oats 20 g coconut sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon 20 g freeze-dried blueberries 150 g dried apricots 3 dates 20 g coconut oil juice and zest of 1/2 a lime
Now what will you do with it?
Easy-peasy. First, put the seeds, oats, sugar and cinnamon in your food processor, and process until they are a coarse meal.
Now add everything else, and process until it comes together. Don’t forget to stone the dates before you add them, or your food processor will make frightening noises and it will all end badly.
Also, if you meant to put a lemon, not a lime, into the mixture, I’d suggest looking closely before you start zesting. Because these were meant to be lemony treats, not limey ones, but, well, I wasn’t paying quite enough attention.
Which is why I need healthy energy snacks!
Roll into little balls, and store in the refrigerator if you plan to keep them for a long time. Or eat some of them immediately – they are fine at room temperature in this weather.
Feel energised and healthy!
Surely by now you know that one can basically chuck any combination of fruit, nuts and seeds into a food processor, and so long as you get the wet / dry components right, an energy ball will come out? This probably would have been nicer with lemon instead of lime, and I think you could get away with plain dried blueberries, though I’d use more of them, and maybe omit the dates. You could, of course, use pistachios instead of sunflower seeds, but why would you?
Anyway, these are vegan, gluten-free and nut-free, but, as usual, not much good for those who need to avoid fructose. Their glycemic index is fairly low, and if you use gluten-free oats, or substitute the oats for rolled amaranth or something of that nature, you’re sorted for gluten-freedom, too. Yay!
(Fewer variations than usual, as I’m writing this in a mad rush, because I have a friend coming to stay, and will therefore have very limited computer access for the next few days…)
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