Organic Coconut Power Balls

by Vashte on May 18, 2014

– for superheros….as well as the rest of us;)

-raw, celiac, gluten/dairy/grain/wheat free, wholefood,all natural, no added sugar, vegan, paleo

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My coconut protein power balls help combat those mid morning cravings, and mid afternoon slumps. And work for pretty much any time of the day … if we snack, we might as well snack on food we know is healthy, and food we have made ourselves. Right?

Cravings can happen when the body’s blood sugar levels drop too far. Once blood sugar drops too far, the body takes over and seeks food high in carbohydrate (sugar) because it knows this type of food is the fastest ‘hit’ for immediate energy. Think breads, biscuits, chocolate, sugar… these all produce an immediate ‘hit’ in energy, or ‘high’ ….shortly followed by those ‘crashes’.

These ‘high’s and low’s’ are ‘normal’ for many people eating the way many people eat today.

We can avoid them by ‘smart’ eating. My organic coconut power balls are what I call ‘smart food’.  Avoid the yoyo effect of ‘high’s and lows’ which result in exhaustion, mood swings, irritability, weight gain, illness…by preparing snacks like these! Delicious and easy to prepare you might be amazed at how simple it actually is to eat well! HERE are other easy, delicious snacks to prepare for the week at work; for the kids; for social occasions.

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All my RECIPES are made from natural and healthy ingredients, easily sourced from either the supermarket, health food shops or even online.

My organic coconut power balls consist only of ingredients that are good for you; they are high in protein; high in essential fats and contain NATURAL sugar. Natural sugar in moderate amounts is OK for most people but always try to keep sweet treats to a minimum, even when they are ‘natural’ . Unless you are some kind of elite athlete, chances are you, like me, eat too much sugar. Let’s get real on that :) My organic coconut power ball is good for a snack, and one is enough as a snack- so always be mindful of ingredients and quantities if you really want to have a balanced ‘healthful’ diet.

The great thing about my power balls is this:  because they have a balance of essential fats and proteins, those fats and proteins balance the release of the natural sugars into the body and brain. They slow the release of sugar down. This is a good thing! Because nutrients are released slowly, we are less likely to experience those ‘highs and then lows’ from other carbohydrate sources. We are then satisfied with a delicious sweet snack- satisfying that sweet craving or desire. The feeling of fullness or satisfaction lasts longer- until the next meal, be that lunch or dinner. We stay balanced in thought and nutrition so therefore function more efficiently. No more bingeing or spending all your time thinking about food!!

Win -win- win!

YOU stay in control of YOU :) The key to controlled, fun and enjoyable eating is balanced nutrition with whole food ingredients.

Food is our friend. Food is not the enemy. All we need to do is understand how it affects our body’s, and then we can make educated, personal choices, knowing the consequences of our own actions. WE take back control of what our very own bodies are doing.

It all makes perfect, logical sense, once we dig a little deeper and ask the right questions from people who actually care.

Please feel free to peruse my plethora of healthy meals, snacks and drinks. They are all delicious and super easy to make. The road to health is started by making one step. So try a recipe. Try this one!! Or try any other on this site! They are all free!! And always have fun taking them for a test run!

The secret ingredient to any delicious meal/snack or drink is this:

LOVE

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What You Need:

  • 1 Cup Organic Almonds. (activated is best) – Ground them. Or you can use almond meal which is simply ground almonds.
  • 1.5 Cups date paste. (Date paste is just dates soaked in water 1:1 ratio for 6-12 hours then blended to make a paste).
  • 1 Cup dairy free protein- use pea/hemp/rice. Non flavoured. Make sure there are no added ingredients.
  • 1 Cup shredded coconut
  • 1 Cup Cashews (activated is best.) Cashews give a mixture a creamy taste and texture.
  • 3/4 Cup Brazil Nuts (activated is beast)
  • 1 Cup shredded coconut.
  • (Optional) Dried fruit like sultanas, goji, inca, dried apricot….

How To Make It Work:

Ground all nuts in a food processor or blender. I ground mine to a ‘flour’ consistency for this recipe but you can have chunks if you prefer that consistency in your powerballs. Chunks can be quite a nice surprise.  Once the dry ingredients are ground, add the remainder to your mixture. I recommend mixing in a bowl with a wooden spoon. The date paste will bind the mixture, add water if you find the mixture too dry. A wet mixture is good as your balls or bars will dry in the fridge once covered with desiccated coconut or coconut flakes.

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Use gloves or wet your hands when rolling into balls to avoid the mixture sticking to your hands. Make sure you taste test along the way. If you want your mixture tasting sweeter add some raw honey, or more dates/date paste. This is a raw recipe- so be aware that how your mixture tastes is pretty much how the end product will taste.  Add any extra treats here like goji, sultanas, dried apricots…..

Make into balls small or large depending on your preference.

Roll your balls in desiccated coconut or coconut flakes, then place in a container for storage. Store in fridge for approx 2 weeks.

Alternatives: 

Conventional oven: Shape into bars as seen in my image above with the green tea. Place on a wire rack in an oven set on the lowest setting possible- approx 60C. Leave in the oven, with the door ajar for 30-60 minutes. (You can also do the same with the balls if you like) The balls and bars are ready when there is a slight coating on the outside, ever so slight. Keeping the door open will keep the oven at approx 40C which qualifies for raw food. Best to keep an eye on them every 30 minutes to be safe. Allow to cool and store in the fridge.

Dehydrator: Shape into balls or bars and place on trays at 42C for approx 3 hours or until the outside is slightly dehydrated. Allow to cool and store in fridge.

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DELISH!!!

xx Vashte xx

 

 

 

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