I decided to name these "Omega Brain" Balls, simply because most of the ingredients in this recipe.
The walnuts, hemp seeds, almond butter, and the coconut are besties to that big, wrinkly looking, fatty organ that we all know as, the brain. Here's why:
Walnuts: Walnuts are a real brain food; in fact, when shelled the walnut looks remarkably like the human cerebral cortex. (HELLO! That's the first sign that it's a brain food) The walnut is about 80-90% fat (primarily omega 3). Walnuts have a modest mix of vitamin A, B vitamins, along with vitamins C and E. They also pack a punch with their mineral content of iron and potassium.
Hempseeds: Hemp is high in omega 3, and outweighs the omega 6 content by about a 3:1 ratio (that's a good thing). These little seeds pack a punch because they deliver healthy fats, and complete protein (providing the 9 essential amino acids). They are also very easily digested. Unlike some other nuts that you may have to soak to reap their benefits, you don't have to do so with hemp seeds!
Just buy, and sprinkle on whatever you can think of. Simple as that.
Almonds: Most of the fats in almonds are monounsaturated (the same fat that makes olive oil good for you). Almonds are high in vitamins E, and contain some B vitamins. Minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, manganese and magnesium are in these little guys too.
Coconut oil: Here's the part when I start to explain all of the amazing things about coconut oil, and why I eat it off the spoon. PSYCH! I actually already did! You can click here to read my entire post about how amazing coconut oil is!!
Just a side note that is totally irrelevant and you'll probably think I'm disgusting for: I had the opportunity to do a cadaver lab in college, and I actually held a human brain in my hands.
IT WAS AMAZING! Definitely one of the best learning experiences in my life.
So off the topic of me holding brains, you're probably wanting to eat these now, right?
Well here's the recipe my friends:
Omega Brain Balls
|Nourishing your brain, satisfying your tummy,|
and delivering lots of plant-based protein one bite at a time.
2 C soaked raw walnuts**
1/2 C hempseeds
5 dates, soaked, and excess water squeezed out.
1/2 C almond butter (raw preferably)
1/3 C shredded coconut (make sure it's unsweetened!)
about 20 drops liquid stevia
1/3 C coconut oil
1/4 C shredded coconut and 1/4 C hemp seeds for divided use.
** To soak the walnuts, simply place them in a bowl and cover with water for about12 hours. Don't worry! They'll still be crunchy when they're ready to use. When soaked, rinse them off and spread over a cookie sheet and leave to dry. I find the times work best for me when I soak the nuts during the day, and leave them to dry overnight. That way the nuts are good-to-go the next day!
** This recipe was not intended to be sweet. If you'd like, feel free to add more stevia, or even a little bit of cocoa powder. You can also use 40 ml (half of 1/3 C) raw honey, and 40 ml coconut oil to give it a more sweet flavour.
In a food processor, add in all of the ingredients except the 1/4 C shredded coconut and 1/4 C hemp seeds. Blend until it's thick and a grainy texture.
In a separate small bowl, mix together the remaining shredded coconut and hemp seeds.
Form into small two-bite size balls and roll into the small bowl of coconut and hemp seeds.
Place on a platter lined with parchment paper and refrigerate.
Store the balls in the fridge in an air-tight container. Will keep for about 2 weeks.