Everyone loves a good superfood ball! These little delights are loaded with goodness and making them in the kitchen with the kids is a great way to introduce them to new ingredients. Raw Cacao (not the roasted, processed version also known as cocoa) is the superfood for vitality. Uplifting and mildly stimulating (thanks to the theobromine, which is similar to coffee), it is a great mood booster and even stimulates the release of endorphins making you feel rather euphoric (same sensation you get when you eat chocolate).
Know your nutrients
Cacao has the highest amount of magnesium of any other whole food source. It is also rich in essential fatty acids which may help the body raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower the bad (LDL). It's also rich in antioxidants (anti ageing!) and can help regulate your metabolism. Goji berries are your vitamin C and antioxidant powerhouse. Pumpkin seeds a packed full of magnesium, zinc and omega-3's and of course the darling sunflower seeds provide us with selenium (cancer cell damage control), magnesium, copper and vitamin E. Then you have your nut butters providing protein and omegas to your healthy treat. Maca powder is a natural hormone stabiliser. Mesquite is a natural sweetner, which is also great for hormones and coconut oil provides the body with the right saturated fats proven to aid weight loss!...lets get raw baking!
Square One Raw Chocolate Superfood Balls
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup goji berries
- 1 cup nut butter of your preference
- 1 cup organic coconut oil
- 1/2 cup organic cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons maca powder
- 2 tablespoons mesquite powder
- 1/2 cup raw organic honey
- 1/2 cup crushed pecan nuts
- 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
- 1/2 cup crushed almonds
Mix nut butter, coconut oil, honey together over gentle heat to soften. Add seeds, berries, nuts and powders into bowl and combine with softened mixture. Blend together, or stir, get your hands in there and make balls a suitable size for those who will be eating them. I make them a lot smaller for the children.
Roll in coconut thread if you like coconut, or leave as is. Pop them in the fridge to harden. Freeze half of the balls and save for later.