fig and berry superfood energy balls
Usually I make my energy balls with dates but I didn't have any on me (which is surprising, considering I practically live off those brown, squishy, caramel fruit bites). I did however have dried figs lying around and recalled a fight-to-death duel between the all-mighty Date vs all-mightier Fig from One Green Planet. It made me sad to think that my favourite food on the planet wasn't as good when compared to the humble fig. RIP dates. You did tried. You did your best and I acknowledge you. Here's a medal for trying.
Anyway, as much as I hate to admit it, these energy bites turned out delicious. They aren't chocolate-y. They aren't date-y. They aren't peanut buttery. They aren't my usual style but they are quite nice. The whole berry vibe is something I could get used to.
Made with goji berries and berry protein powder, almond flour, hemp seeds and coconut, they are great as an energising pre or post-workout snack, epic with nice cream or oatmeal, and are able to satisfy that after-dinner sweet tooth (basically me every night). These are raw (obviously), gluten free, and high protein healthy fats and fibre.
Here a few quick facts about each ingredient should anyone give you attitude for eating these:
Figs: High in calcium, meaning strong bones, nails and hair, and is high in fibre helping with weight maintenance.
Goji berries: High in antioxidants, helping protect against cancers.
Coconut: Is a source of iron, thus protecting your immune system and helping you stay energised.
Almond flour: Helps in brain development and prevents against Alzheimer's.
Hemp seeds: Contains 9 essential amino acids that the body can't produce on its own.
Vanilla extract: Has antibacterial properties making it beneficial for the treatment of acne and keeping your skin clear.
2 cups dried figs
1/4 cup goji berries
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 cup almond flour
3 tbsp water
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1. Throw everything into a blender or food processor and blend on high until all the ingredients are combined into one, big textured clump. Add more water if it's too dry.
2. Roll into balls.
3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.