• 20

    Balls

  • Gluten-free

  • No refined sugar

  • Prep Time 25'

  • Total Time 30'

Sea buckthorn energy balls recipe

  • 20

    Balls

  • Gluten-free

  • No refined sugar

  • Prep Time 25'

  • Total Time 30'

Energy balls have been part of my weekly meal prep for a few years now. I find them to be the perfect, balanced snack and equally as delicious. I usually get hungry in between meals and have found it beneficial to have something quick and nutritious to power me through. When made with the right ingredients, energy balls are extremely satisfying. They give me the boost I need without any nasty cravings.

Being a chocolate-lover, I typically gravitate towards cacao energy balls. I have made just about every combination, almond butter, cashew butter, coconut, goji berries and all the above. I love the cacao-based balls, but they are starting to taste more like a dessert to me. I want something a little lighter and less sweet. I experimented with my favourite ingredients and found sea buckthorn powder to be the winner.

My newest energy balls are quite refreshing. The sea buckthorn powder has a great fruity aroma and a mildly tart taste. It is a refreshing pick-me-up that satisfies all my senses. I am pleasantly surprised with the way all the ingredients came together.

I used cashews, hemp seeds, and raisins as the base for my energy balls. The cashews have a great neutral taste that blends well with other ingredients. Hemp seeds are an awesome source of protein and fibre and raisins are naturally sweet and help bind everything together. I used agave syrup as a sweetener and then a bit of vanilla and lemon zest to accentuate the fruity flavour.

I always try and pack as many beneficial nutrients as I can into my energy balls. The maca powder and Erbology Organic Sea Buckthorn Powder are great additions!

I usually make a big batch and keep them in an airtight container, they last up to two weeks! I don’t leave my house without a couple energy balls on hand. They are the perfect snack for any occasion, especially when you need some extra energy in between meals, at work or when working out.

Why I chose sea buckthorn

Sea buckthorn powder gives the energy balls a unique colour and a mildly tart, fruity flavour. 1 tablespoon of our sea buckthorn powder contains over 100% of our daily vitamin A recommendation and 300mg of the rare omega-7s.

Natural sources of omega-7 are rare, especially when it comes to a plant-based diet. We have already discussed that omega-7 have a positive impact on our mucous membranes, keeping them from drying out or becoming irritated (1,2). Omega-7 also fights against metabolic syndrome (3,4). Metabolic syndrome is a combination of metabolic disorders that put people at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and diseases related to fatty buildups in artery walls. Metabolic disorders may include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol (5,6,7).

B-carotene is responsible for the pigmentation of these vibrant berries. Unlike active vitamin A from animal products, plants contain beta-carotene that our bodies must then convert into vitamin A. Once it has been converted, vitamin A has been tied to vision and eye health (8,9).

Why I love hemp seeds

As we have highlighted in our Spiced carrot bisque with hemp recipe, hemp seeds are a complete plant-based source of protein. Hemp seeds also boast the ideal ratio of omega 3: omega 6. Try out our hemp powder or hemp seed oil to add omega-3s to your favourite dishes.

Maca root health benefits

Maca powder comes from a pleasant tasting vegetable root. It is considered an adaptogen due to its ability to help our body adapt to stressors. For example, studies have shown maca to improve energy and stamina, subsequently reducing depressive symptoms (10). With high levels of micronutrients and antioxidants, maca has also been shown to improve memory (11).

Written By: Danielle Bear

 

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(2)“ Omega-7 An Overlooked Fatty Acid.” LifeExtension.com, www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2016/5/Omega-7-An-Overlooked-Fatty-Acid/Page-01.

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(11) Rubio, Julio, et al. “Aqueous Extract of Black Maca (Lepidium Meyenii) on Memory Impairment Induced by Ovariectomy in Mice.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : ECAM, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2011, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3096456/.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 cup golden Raisins
  • 3 drops vanilla extract
  • Zest from 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp Erbology Organic Sea Buckthorn Powder + more for covering
  • ¼ cup agave syrup
  • Pinch of sea salt

Here's how you do it

  1. Place the raw cashews in the food processor and mix until finely chopped.
  2. Add the raisins and hemp seeds and mix again for about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, mixing until everything starts to come together.
  4. Take the mixture out and place it in a bowl.  Prepare another bowl with some Erbology Organic Sea Buckthorn Powder .
  5. Form little balls with your hands and roll each ball in the powder.
  6. Place the energy balls in an airtight container. They will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks.

Tags

  • Beta-carotene
  • Breakfast
  • Fiber
  • Omega 3
  • Omega 6
  • Omega 7
  • Protein
  • Sea buckthorn berries
  • Snacking
  • Snacks
  • Spring recipes
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E

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