For the most part, I try to avoid getting too hippy-dippy on this blog. I really do. New ingredients, flavors and techniques: sure- but spirulina?? I don't want to push anyone too far.
However, these superfood "balls" (bars? truffles? help me find a less offensive title...) are truly delicious! I am hooked. And when I make a recipe more than 4 times in one month, I must share it. Especially when it includes a round-up of these superhero ingredients.
Where do I even start? Pure cocoa is extremely rich in antioxidants, and offers a richness without the sugar typically associated with chocolate. Raw honey sweetens the deal, with probiotic activity that strengthens the immune system, while aiding digestion. Walnuts, flax seed and hemp all contribute a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, with fiber to boot. Coconut oil, a medium chain fatty acid, helps lower cholesterol and boost heart health. Gojis add a beautiful color burst, with high doses of Vitamin C, beta-carotene and B vitamins.
What else? Oh yes, spirulina. A green algae superfood extremely high in chlorophyll, it helps cleanse the body with an alkalizing effect. As a dense source (70%) of complete protein, it is easily assimilated into the body, while offering loads of calcium, iron, B-12 and essential fatty-acids. Due to it's strong (earthy) flavor, I have never been able to incorporate this into my diet with pleasure.... until now. If you are just starting off and getting used to the flavor, feel free to begin with one tablespoon and work your way up.
Superfood Chocolate Balls
1/4 cup raw walnuts
½ cup ground flax or hemp seed (I like 1/2 & 1/2)
1/2 cup cacoa powder
2 tablespoons of spirulina
2 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons raw honey
a pinch of sea salt
l½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tbs. goji berries (optional)
If planning ahead, soak the walnuts overnight. Rinse and drain.
Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend well, until black and extremely sticky. Roll into balls and store in the fridge.
Relax. Eat Well.
Relax. Eat Well.