British health food blogger Saskia Gregson-Williams shares vegan, gluten, dairy & sugar free recipes, designed to fuel an active lifestyle whilst being really delicious and indulgent on her fantastic blog Naturally Sassy. This is one such awesome recipe, a brilliant way of snacking with superfoods (and makes spirulina super tasty)!
Saskia, over to you:
These are my favourite quick and healthy supercharged snack. If you’re familiar with my blog you’ll know that as well as being a plant based foodie, I am also a ballet dancer with a pretty full on training schedule! The hefty hours I train in the studio make me more aware than most of how drastically low blood sugar levels can affect you. You may just think you’re a little tired, grumpy, or having an off day, when actually your blood sugar levels have dropped past a healthy balanced level. That’s when these superfood balls come in! A couple of bliss balls in between meals is a really great way to sustain energy and keep you firing on all cylinders. They’re not too big, so i find they’re a great way to give you a boost without feeling weighed down or bloated (not a good look in a leotard).
These balls are made from a few fantastic ingredients; Organic Burst Spirulina, raw cacao powder, cashews or almonds and orange extract for a delicious chocolate-orange flavour. I then love to roll them in lots of coconut for that extra layer of flavour and texture.
All these ingredients come together to make an incredibly nutritious, healthy snack. Here’s a little on why I love them:
Organic Burst Spirulina Powder
contains around an amazing 70% of its weight in protein. It contains 18 amino acids, including all the essential amino acids, which means it is a complete protein (so great for vegans), which is easily absorbable - 4 times more absorbable than the protein in beef!
Cacao is the unrefined version of cocoa, the name we associate with big chocolate brands. However, cacao is completely unprocessed which means that it still contains all the wonderful minerals and vitamins that are normally lost in the cooking process.
Coconut provides a nutritious source of energy. The fats in coconut are easily converted to energy, rather than being stored as body fat. I find that coconut supports endurance during athletic performance.
Cashews have a low fat content compared to other nuts. However these fats are not the same as you’d find in a slab of cheddar cheese - These are good-for-you fats that actually help boost your metabolism!
1 cup cashews
1/2 cup pecans
1 cup pitted medjool dates, chopped
1/4-1/3 cup cacao powder (depending on how chocolatey you like it)
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
Start by grinding the cashews in a food processor. Add all the other ingredients, except the coconut, and blend until combined and the mixture sticks together. Scrape out of the blender into a bowl and roll the mixture into small balls. Roll in coconut and you’re good to go!