Anyone else have a cupboard full of random superfood ingredients that you always seem to forget to use? Adding superfoods to dessert is one of my favourite ways to increase the likelihood of actually using them. I like to think of superfood infused desserts as a way to nourish your body and soul at the same time. Made with only whole foods and no refined sweeteners, these Spirulina Energy Balls are treats that you can feel good about eating. They are a beautiful dark green in colour, and are a unique dessert to share at your next gathering (or to keep in the fridge when the need for something a little sweet strikes.)
If you don't have spirulina at home, let me tell you why you might want to consider mixing in a little of this vibrant food:
- Source of vitamins and minerals including: calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, potassium, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin D and vitamin E
- Contains upwards of 60% protein by weight
- Source of Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids and contains a high amount of GLA a potent anti-inflammatory fatty acid especially touted for its skin-loving benefits
- High in chlorophyll, which aids in detoxification of the body
- Great source of bioavailable (easy to absorb) iron
- Has 4x the antioxidant power of blueberries
You can find spirulina at your favourite health food store. I like to buy it in a powder form rather than in capsules or tablets because playing with it in your food is much more fun than swallowing pills! Add a teaspoon to your smoothie or smoothie bowl, chia pudding, cookies, brownies, pancakes, granola bars, popsicles, salad dressing, face mask.. I could go on. You never know until you try, right?
- 1 cup raw pecan pieces (or whatever nuts you have on hand)
- 1 cup dates, soaked in warm water to soften
- 1/2 cup unsweetened raw coconut flakes
- 2 Tbsp. hemp seeds
- 2 Tbsp. full fat coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp. spirulina powder
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- optional: 1 scoop plant-based protein powder
- Add your pecans into a food processor and mix until there are only small chunks remaining. Pour nuts out of the food processor and set aside.
- Drain the liquid from the dates, and add the soaked dates into the food processor. Blend up until a paste like texture appears. Add back in your nuts, coconut flakes, hemp seeds, coconut milk, spirulina, cacao and protein powder if using. Mix well.
- Time to get messy! Take a heaping tablespoon of the mixture and roll in between your hands to make a ball. If it sticks to your hands, put the mixture in the freezer for approximately 10 minutes until it firms up enough to roll. Having slightly damp hands also makes it easier to roll the balls mess-free.
- Put shredded coconut, cacao or sesame seeds in a small bowl or plate and roll your balls in the toppings.
- Store in the fridge so the balls stay firm.