These Almond Butter Raw Energy Balls are a quick and easy snack, packed with nutritional goodness, that can be prepared in less than 10 minutes. It’s been three days since the hurricane blew through here and we’re now on the fourth day without power. I made some Zucchini Spice Muffins before the storm hit (I added chocolate chips instead of raisins this time), but those are long gone now, shared with a few neighbours who came for lunch after the storm.
The base of these Almond Butter Raw Energy Balls is almond butter, maple syrup, salt and coconut flour. When you add maple syrup to nut butter it thickens it almost immediately. Almond butter can be replaced with any nut or seed butter. The coconut flour helps to absorb some of the moisture, but if coconut flour is not available either almond flour or arrowroot powder makes a good alternative.
Once the base is made and shaped into a large ball, any additional nuts, seeds or berries can be added and mixed into the almond butter mixture.
Here are just some of the health supporting possibilities:
Pumpkin seeds are a good source of iron, copper, phosphorous and antioxidants vitamin E, zinc and manganese. They contain essential fatty acids and have anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.
Chia seeds contain anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids that support the nervous system by fighting inflammation and building healthy brain cells. Chia seeds are high in magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron, as well as soluble and insoluble fiber to sustain energy and support healthy digestion.
Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of the antioxidant phytonutrient tocopherol (from vitamin E). Tocopherol helps to protect against cardiovascular disease. In addition, sunflower seeds are a good source of copper, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium, and several B vitamins, including B1, B6, B3 and folate to support a healthy nervous system.
Cacao contains tryptophan that converts to serotonin, phenylalanine, and the “bliss chemical” anandamide, as well as theobromine which opens blood vessels to help the flow of nutrients. Cacao is a rich source of magnesium, a smooth muscle relaxer and important mineral for brain health, and calcium, iron and antioxidants. The nutrients in cacao help to reduce inflammation, lower blood cholesterol and manage blood sugar (Read more about the difference between cacao and cocoa).
Coconut contains health-promoting medium-chain saturated fats including lauric acid, which has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Coconut reduces inflammation, improves digestion, feeds good gut bacteria to support gut healing, and promotes a healthy immune system.
Hemp seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 to help fight inflammation in the brain and build healthy brain cells, as well as a source of magnesium, which is an effective mineral to combat depression. Hemp seeds are a complete protein (contain all essential amino acids), and help to stabilize blood sugar.
Pecans contain monounsaturated fats and arginine, an amino acid that is important in promoting the production of insulin and supporting immune functions and detoxification.
If you do have the luxury of electricity, these are extra special with a cold glass of chocolate almond milk.
Almond Butter Raw Energy Balls
- 1 cup almond butter
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp + ¼ cup coconut flour 1/4 cup to roll balls in
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 tbsp cacao nibs
- 2 tbsp pecan pieces
- 2 tbsp coconut flakes
- Mix together almond butter, maple syrup, sea salt and 1 tablespoon coconut flour until it forms a ball.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix in well.
- Roll into 1” balls. Roll balls in coconut flour.