Do you feel sometime that you need a break from your daily life? That you are up for a different kind of challenge?! That you are hungry for new views, new flavours, new emotions? Last week, this blog was travelling to Galicia in Northern Spain. You might know that already if you follow me on FB or Instagram… I was walking the millennia old Pilgrim’s Way and feeling way out of my comfort zone… But loving every minute…
Here are some of the items I carry in my backpack :
Lucuma fruity energy balls to sustain my companion and I through the long daily walks! This is a new version of my Energy Balls– this time flavoured with orange , chocolate and Lucuma – a protein packed Aztec powder that a Peruvian friend introduced to me this year. To say my walking companion is addicted is an understatement: I have promised the recipe and here it is.
Lucuma Cocoa and Orange Energy Balls or Darkest Peru magic bullets!
- Cup of almond(soaked)
- Cup of dates
- Handful of raisins
- Zest of one small orange
- 1 tbsp lucuma powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tbsp linseeds
- 1 handful sunflower seeds
- 2 or three squares of very dark chocolate (I use 100% cocoa sans sugar)
- Cocoa powder and more Lucuma powder to roll in
Mix it all in a grinder /blender until it makes a sticky paste.
Roll each bite into a mix of cocoa and lucuma, as you would for a chocolate truffle! Those healthy chocolatey truffle melt in the mouth and done in the Thermomix, they are smooth and fudgey… Plus super packed with everything you need to walk all day with 8 kg of back-pack!
Store in a metal box. They can keep for weeks but they will not last that long.
We were walking from Santiago de Compostella to Finisterre, the “end of the world” – or at least the extreme western point of Europe!
Postscript: You can find Lucuma powder in Peru -but also at your nearest Wholefoods store. It is rich in B vitamins and has a high protein content. It tastes a bit sweet and chocolatey so goes really well with cocoa and orange!