Recipe: Raw Hemp Energy Balls with Cacao & Dates

hemp-balls_sq1By Trinity Bourne

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Oh yes – the Raw Hemp Energy Balls are here!

Hemp is one of natures finest superfoods. I am not talking about the stuff that gets you high. I am talking about the hempseed that is available in any good health food store; the tiny, nutty, seed that has the perfect balance of omega 3 and omega 6 essential fats; the delicious little gem that is jam packed with antioxidants and other nutrients; the complete protein filled treasure trove of goodness. Hemp well and truly deserves a place right up at the top of any discerning health-seekers daily food list.

Hemp is one of the most complete proteins in the plant food kingdom, containing ALL 21 known amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids required for health. A protein superstar. Check out my article for lots more about the incredible hemp seed benefits: Why are hemp seeds essential for health?

Other superstar ingredients in this recipe:

Raw Cacao: chock-full of antioxidants, healthy fats, protein, polyphenols, minerals and vitamins, cocoa brings yet another incredible line up of super-food nutrition to these protein balls. The theobromine in cacao helps to stimulate the central nervous system, relax smooth muscles and dilate the blood vessels. Chemicals naturally present also encourage serotonin and other neurotransmitters that help inspire a good-mood and relieve depression. Cacao (which is the raw form of cocoa) contains various components like alkaloids, proteins, beta-carotene, leucine, linoleic, lipase, lysine, and theobromine, that all work together to improve physical and mental health.

Almonds: with an impressive line of up minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, almonds also come as a desirable addition to this medley of super-foods. They have a pleasant, nutty sweetness that works well here. I use freshly ground almonds, which helps to retain their awesome nutritional profile, whilst helping to hold all of the ingredients together.

Sun-dried Dates make the perfect sweetener, providing an infinitely better alternative to regular refined sugar. They are also jam-packed full of beneficial vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They also act as an fantastic binder in this recipe.

Recipe: Raw Hemp Energy Balls with Cacao & Dates

Prep time – 5 mins
Total time – 5 mins
Serves: 10 balls

A raw hemp superfood energy ball, made with soaked sun-dried dates, ground almonds, cinnamon and hemp seed. Delicious and nutritious. Easy.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sun-dried dates
  • 3 tablespoons shelled hemp seed
  • ¾ cup ground almonds
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of raw cacao powder

 Instructions

  1. Check out my 60 second video below for super-quick and easy instructions.

Where to buy hemp seeds online?

Always buy from an ethical, organic company for best quality results. Here are two of my favourite sources:

Hemp seeds in the USA:
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds, 1lb

Hemp seeds in the UK:
Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds 500g

About the author:

Trinity Bourne - bio

Trinity is an experienced, empathic energy worker and the author of ‘Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen’ and ‘Angelicious’, recipe books designed to inspire the soul through conscious vegan, wheat-free & gluten-free cuisine.

22 years ago Trinity had a profound spiritual awakening that interconnected her with the deeper consciousness of life. What followed was a journey of compassion for all sentient beings, and a passion to share conscious eating for the benefit of all. Understanding that the energy of our food directly impacts sentient life on all levels, Trinity founded Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen, a website devoted to inspiring the soul through conscious, plant-based cuisine. She is also the co-founder of Openhand, an organisation dedicated to the conscious evolution of humankind, working as the divine complement to her soul mate Open. She is an integral part of the Openhand core team, supporting with the spiritual philosophy development, energy processing, publication of book and film, and is the Openhand retreat chef.

For more, please visit trinityskitchen.com, or follow Trinity’s Kitchen on Pinterest and Facebook.

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