Mango-Almond Energy Balls

Snacking… a habit that is hard to break. So instead of setting ourselves on a “not to do diet”, why not exchange our snacking habits with nutritious, energising foods?

If you would like a little help to get you started on eating well, detoxing and learning how to create energy balls and other raw foods – join my friend and Yoga teacher Noelia and me on a one week Portugal retreat this year! We offer 5 dates in 2017 and promise, you will have an unforgettable week. For more infos: www.portugal-retreats.com

Energy Balls are one of the foods that I like to add into my diet transform my snacking habit into actual nutritional benefit. You will find thousands of recipes out there for Energy Balls. I am on a mission to try them all. And end up mixing the recipes together and adding my own favourite ingredients. Once I understood the base of those recipes, no one could hold me back anymore!

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Let me share with you this very simple recipe. It took me about half an hour to create those wonderful goodies.

What you need:

  • a food processor (mine is of a standard quality, it cost me under 150€)
  • dried organic mango with no added sugar or preservatives (I order mine from www.gebana.com – organic, fair and direct trade)
  • dried organic raisins – gebana.com or in Switzerland: Migros
  • organic virgin coconut oil – in Switzerland: Migros, alnatura brand
  • organic almond butter – in Switzerland: Migros, alnatura brand
  • organic oat flakes – in Switzerland: Migros
  • organic dried ginger – in Switzerland: Migros
  • organic dried turmeric – I bought it in Ireland in a health food shop. Any health food shop should have turmeric (also called “curcuma”, it’s the same thing)

Recipe:

100g = 1½ cup dried mango

50g = ½ cup raisins

100g = 1 cup oat flakes

4 tbsp melted coconut oil – melted in a water bath (put the coconut oil in a jar and place the jar in a pan with hot water, let slowly melt – melting point is around 36°C)

4 tbsp almond butter

Blend everything in your food processor for about 1 minute. The dried mangos are quite hard to break down. Your dough will become a slighty sticky consistency. That’s when it is ready:

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Now add the dried ginger and dried turmeric, mixing everything with your hands. Once well incorporated, start to form little balls – press the dough in your hands and form them – you won’t be able to roll them as they are quite brittle.

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Let them sit for a few hours – overnight would be best. The coconut oil will firm up and hold the energy balls together.

Enjoy…

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