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Spirulina and Almond energy balls

I love making these energy balls for my daughter’s packed lunch or to have as a snack during my printmaking tuesdays. I also send supplies of them on school trips! They give you lots of energy and nutrients in a very small package. I customise them endlessly according to what I have in my cupboard but here is a very tasty mix that works. They are also very good value when you compare with the price of similar energy bars or balls in health shops…

If you have not come across Spirulina, read below. It is a sort of algae/seaweed and is a very good supplement but tastes foul so it is great to have it in a guise you can actually enjoy! There is no real measures in this recipe so I just used a ratio of cups to 1/2 cups and 1/4 cups… Just to give you the idea.

Ingredients list:

  • 1 cup almond powder
  • 1 cup medium or fine oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup wheatgerm or oatbran
  • ¼ cup chopped dates
  • ¼ cup brazil nuts or macadamia nuts
  • ½ cup raisin
  • 4 tbsp brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 bite size crushed ginger
  • 1 tsp powdered Spirulina
  • 2 Tbsp prune juice (or apple juice)

Mix all of the above ingredients in a food processor on the highest speed until it starts forming a slightly sticky dough. Bind with more juice if too dry and roll in very clean hands. These balls can keep for a fortnight in a metal box in your fridge.

Ready, steady, go

Nutrition note: Spirulina is often deemed the most nutritionally complete of all food supplements, containing a rich supply of many important nutrients, including protein, complex carbohydrates, iron, and vitamins A, K, and B complex. It also has a high supply of carotenoids such as beta carotene and yellow xanthophylls which have antioxidant properties. It is also rich in chlorophyll, fatty and nucleic acids, and lipids. Thus, spirulina has countless uses as a supplement for maintaining good health and for preventing diseases.

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Healthy bites for lunch box – raw and vegan!

  1. WE ARE WHAT WE EAT and that is why it is so important to only put the very best fuel into our bodies.
  2. Over two thirds of our plate (or our daily intake) should come exclusively from plant based food. Namely fruit, veg, carbohydrates and staple food like rice, grains, flours.
  3. We only need sugar in very small quantities and we should avoid added sugar in food such as sauces, bread, bought biscuits.

This is in three points the essence of the message I try to pass onto my children and family. They mostly take it in,  sometimes ignore it and rarely but otherwise expectedly rebel against it! So it was with glee on my part and relief on theirs that I recently was able to drill a slightly larger audience of fresh, open and eager minds!

Last wednesday, for the last session of the Healthy Cooking Club, I had a lot of fun designing a menu along those lines and as I was looking at including a sweet/pudding, I came across these fruit and nut balls. They are not only deliciously healthy but also very easy to make and gratifying for the children to roll . They can easily fit into a lunch box or can be used as snack on the go. They can be customised with an endless variety of dry fruit, nuts and even fresh fruits or seeds but here is the mix that I used for the photo:

Raw fruit balls

Ingredient list:

  • raisin, 1 cup
  • rolled oats, 1 cup
  • pecan nuts, 1/2 cup
  • ground almond, 1/2 cup
  • handful of pine nuts
  • dates, 1 cup
  • grated zest of one lime
  • Prune juice, 50 ml to bind
Process to a pulp, adding the juice along so that it helps binding the mix but do keep it touch dry. It must not get too sticky in your hands or rolling will not be such fun…
Now prepare three bowls : Fill one with raw unsweetened cacao, one with cinnamon and Allspice mixed with a little rice flour or cornflour and lastly one more with grated coconut.
Give latex gloves to the kids or oil your hands and take a marble size chunck of the mixture. Roll it lightly then dip into the covering you choose and roll into a ball. Remember your playdoh days! Modelling is so therapeutic it should be compulsory until A level… Dress on a pretty plate and enjoy – or reserve in clingfilm in the fridge.

For a real teatime treat, you could make yourself this amazing drink I discovered at TOMBO, japanese bistrot in South kensington: A frothy Macha latte with soya.
Recipe to come next!