January 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

I was really excited when i stumbled across this lady’s blog the other day, and found all these great recipes for making ‘balls’. Almond balls, Flax balls, ones with cacao and fruit – there are infinite possibilities and combinations! This idea really appealed to me because they are an alternative sweet treat, and obviously you can make incredibly healthy concoctions with that delicious doughy, biscuity texture that i always seems to crave. It was especially apt because only the other night, in a moment of weakness, i ate some of my flatmates diabetes-inducing cookie dough from the fridge. So these are my after-dinner contingency plan!

I made some yesterday based on LSA (linseed, sunflower seed and almond mix) with walnuts, apricots, coconut oil and such, however the ones today were much better. I used:

1/2 cup dry oats

about 4 dates

1 tspn cinnamon

goji berries (i just threw in a couple of spoonfuls)

dinner-spoon full of natural peanut butter

dash of agave

dash of water as it wasn’t quite moist enough

BLEND and form into small balls

I found them really delicious, and am keen to try out some more combinations.

Note about the ingredients:

* Oats are a great food to incorporate into your daily diet. They are a source of soluble fiber which keeps you fuller for longer and is great for people who suffer from conditions such as IBS. They can also help lower cholesterol.

* Dates also contain a lot of fiber and potassium, and although quite high in calories for a fruit, can help in a weight-loss plan by satisfying a sweet tooth.

* Cinnamon is a source of manganese, iron, calcium and fiber. A substance found in cinnamon (cinnamaldehyde) alos helps reduce the stickiness of platelets – so good for blood health.

* Goji Berries have a really high level of antioxidants compared to other berries – the Chinese use them traditionally in their cooking, even in savoury dishes.

* Natural Peanut Butter – is obviously a great source of protein and contains ‘good’ fats (monosaturated).

* Agave nectar – A favourite of mine, it is an extract from a mexican cactus (i believe it’s also the same plant that produces tequila) that can be used as a alternative sweetener. It’s lower in calories than refined sugar and does not raise your blood sugar levels so dramatically. It also contains sapogenins which have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

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