These spirulina energy balls are one of my favourite healthy snack recipes. Supercharged with spirulina's immune boosting phytonutrients, essential minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
These immune boosters sure pack a nutritional punch and taste delicious. They are sweet, nutty, zesty and chocolaty.
Spirulina has an acquired taste. I developed this recipe with a healthy dose of raw cacao, orange, lime and cinnamon to balance the flavors.
WHAT IS SPIRULINA?
Spirulina is one of the oldest life forms on Earth. In fact, this blue-green micro algae is partly responsible for producing the oxygen in the planets atmosphere that, billions of years ago allowed the planets original life forms to develop.
Spirulina is a spiral-shaped microalga. It's the only food proposed by NASA and the European Space Agency to be the Astronauts’ food for long term space missions.
Spirulina powder can be added to yogurts, smoothies, juices, cookies, breads and cakes.
WHAT DOES SPIRULINA CONTAIN?
- Between 55% - 70% protein
- Rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, E and K
- Number 1 food source of chlorophyll
- 18 amino acids
- 8 times more anti-oxidants than blueberries
- 3 times more protein than meat
- 6 times more protein than eggs
- 25 times more beta-carotene than carrots
- 26 times more calcium than milk
- 4 times more iron than raw beef liver
- 50 times more iron than spinach
- 10 times more potassium than most fruits and vegetables
- More antioxidants in a single teaspoon of Spirulina than any food known to man
Read more about the incredible health benefits of spirulina on my ingredients blog. Spirulina is a true superfood and I highly recommend incorporating in into your recipes.
To reap the full health benefits of Spirulina, it's recommended to take a supplementation course. Here is some more information on taking Spirulina Supplementation for immunity and all round good health.
INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED FOR SPIRULINA ENERGY BALLS
This recipe is a nutritional powerhouse of superfoods:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Goji berries
- Chia seeds
Just imagine the good nutrition you are providing your body by eating these ingredients regularly. Not only are they super healthy... they taste delicious. The cacao and orange balance the flavor of spirulina perfectly.
QUICK & EASY TO MAKE
These energy balls are really simple to make:
- Pulse the cashews in a blender until coarsely ground
- Juice the lime and zest the orange
- Add the remaining ingredients to the blender for 20 seconds until the mix comes together.
- Roll into nice bite sized balls
- Roll them in some extra spirulina or raw cacao powder
- Pop them in the fridge to firm-up and you are good to go
I recommend making a weekly batch of spirulina energy balls. Keep them in the fridge and snack throughout the day, or take some with you when you are out and about.
These make a great on-the-go snack to keep you going in between meals. Not only are they delicious and nutritious, they are easy to make. No cooking experience required, trust me.
Try rolling the spirulina energy balls in different ingredients:
- Ground almonds
- Desiccated coconut
- Raw cacao
- Hemp seeds
- Ground pumpkin seeds
MORE HEALTHY ENERGY BALL RECIPES TO TRY
Try my Brazil nut, fig and cacao energy ball recipe, you will not be disappointed!
Spirulina Energy Balls, Immune Boosting with Cacao
- Weighing scales
- Mixing bowl
- Micro-plane grater
- 200 g Dates stone removed
- 100 g Cashew nuts
- 50 g Pumpkin seeds
- 50 g Goji berries
- 50 g Desicatted coconut
- 25 g Cacao powder
- 10 g Chia seeds
- 5 g Spirulina
- ½ tsp Cardamom powder
- 1 each Orange zest
- 30 ml Coconut oil
- Assemble and weigh up all the ingredients.
- Take the stone out of the dates.
- Melt the coconut oil.
- Add all of the ingredients to the blender and blitz well until everything is fully combined. Do not over blend, allow for some coarse texture.
- Transfer the mix to a bowl and season with orange zest.
- Shape the mixture into 25g balls and roll them in spirulina before placing in the fridge.
- Leave to set for at least 2 hour.