Whether you're going on a hike, bike ride, or spending a day shredding the snow on mountain tops, this ball will deliver energy to your muscles and brain and also help support muscle recovery. It also supports the digestive system as they are a good source of insoluble and soluble fibre. Each ingredient has a reason for being used and to me, this is how all recipes should be created: with health and purpose in mind.
Here's a breakdown of why I chose these ingredients because knowledge is power!
Medjool Dates: High in minerals such as iron which is a component in red blood cells, and helps determine the balance of oxygen in the blood. Also high in electrolytes such as the mineral potassium which controls heart rate and blood pressure.
Hempseeds: Holy shit, how do I keep this simple and to the point? Hemp is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids which reduce inflammation and is food for your brain, helping to improve cognitive function. Also high in minerals, just 3 tablespoons meets 50% of the suggested daily value of magnesium and phosphorus, 25% DV for zinc, and 15% DV for iron. Also high in both fiber and protein, it was a no brainer (no pun intended) to add hemp seeds to the recipe.
Rolled Oats: Complex carbohydrates that slowly digest, and provides glucose to the brain and muscles to utilize as energy. Also high in fibre.
Flax and Chia seeds: These 2 super seeds truly deserve their own paragraphs, however for the sake of not boring everyone (and taking into consideration my laziness), I'll sum just up what their purpose is in this recipe. Both high in Omega 3 fatty acids, and contain insoluble and soluble fiber which helps regulate bowel movements and cleans the intestinal tract. Chia seeds specifically are a great source of protein, amino acids, and antioxidants too.
Coconut: High in healthy fats which keep your blood sugar levels contained at a sustainable level, and is brain food because of the medium chain triglycerides.
Nut butter: In this case I used homemade cashew butter, however nut butters are a great source of protein and fat. Keeps your tummy full longer, and delivers energy to you muscles.
Cinnamon: Good source of chromium, which helps stabilize blood sugar levels.
Himalayan Salt: Provides trace minerals to the body thus reducing muscle cramps and providing electrolytes.
MCT Oil: FAT IS HEALTHY FOR YOU. DON'T BELIEVE THE PROPAGANDA FROM THE 70'S! Sorry. I went a bit overboard..
Your brain uses this fat as energy, which results in better thinking and overall brain function. Helps with digestive function and healing the gut.
Chocolate chips: Chocolate makes you feel loved. And love makes you happy.
** If you don't have both chia or flax seeds, you can substitute by using either 1/2 C flax or chia
*** If you don't have MCT oil, just use coconut oil instead. If you don't have coconut oil, I'd substitute with a cold pressed oil such as avocado, flax or hemp.
Chocolate Chip Energy/Recovery Balls
7-8 soft medjool dates, pits removed (if they're not soft, quickly soak them in hot water for 5 minutes, then drain well to ensure there is little to no added moisture to the recipe)
1/2 C hempseeds
1/2 C rolled oats
1/4 C flax seeds
1/4 C chia seeds
2/3 C toasted coconut (doesn't have to be toasted, but I highly recommend to add more depth to the flavour profile of these energy balls)
1/2 C nut butter (I used cashew butter, but almond or peanut would be delish too!)
heavy pinch himalayan sea salt
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp MCT oil
1/3 C mini chocolate chips
1 tbsp honey** if needed for consistency
3 scoops (15000mg L-Glutamine powder)
Make a date paste by putting the dates in a food processor and letting it form into a smooth paste. then add other ingredients in the order they are listed. Blend until the mixture is crumbly but mixed together well. You want all of the ingredients to be incorporated together so that each bite has all of the intended ingredients and flavours.
Place processing bowl into the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. This helps when you're forming the balls so that they're not crumbling everywhere, making a mess, and thus, pissing you off in the process.
Once cooled, form into balls, whichever size you prefer. I like taking a cookie dough scoop and roll from there.