Ayurvedic Twist to Date Based Protein Balls or Energy Balls
Today I am sharing an Ayurvedic twist to a Western quick-fix recipe for weight loss, energy boost and high protein. This recipe will give you a blast of nutrient supply that is rich in protein, fiber and good dietary fats. This is your usual date based protein balls or protein bites that you will find different variations in many blogs. This recipe is special due to three interesting ingredients I have added – Ayurvedic spices such as cardamom, cinnamon and ginger, rose water to add flavour as well as cooling effect and lastly raisins from which grape seed extract is derived.
The recipes is amazing to promote bone density, strengthen heart health, loose weight (in combination with a healthy diet), improve mood, reduce depression, balance hormone and provide energy.
The rest of the ingredients are very commonly used in other protein balls or energy balls such as fiber rich flax and chia seeds, coconut and cacao nibs or cocoa nibs.
Dates: Dates are amazing source of natural sugar, fiber and minerals such as potassium, calcium and zinc.
Munakka Raisin: Contains iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese and selenium. Extremely beneficial for weight loss, acidity and bone health.
Almonds: High in biotin, Vitamin E, manganese, copper, Vitamin B2, molybdenum and magnesium. They are rich source of dietary fat and fiber has benefits for brain, vision and heart health. Amazing for weight loss.
Hemp Seeds: Contains good fats that promote heart health as well as protein that contains 20 amino acids. Hemp seeds are rich in fiber, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. It is also rich in Vitamin A, D, E, B2, B3 and B6.
Dried Coconut: Contains manganese, potassium, copper, selenium and calcium all amazing for bone and blood health.
Flaxseeds: A high fiber seed that also rich in protein. Nutrients present in flaxseeds are B1, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and selenium. Assist in weight loss.
Chia seeds: Like flaxseeds chia is also rich in dietary fiber, fats and proteins. It contains calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. Chia seeds are beneficial in type 2 diabetes, heart health and improves performance in sports.
Cacao Nibs: Rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, magnesium, potassium and iron. Assists with hormonal mood swings and depression.
Matcha Green Tea: Boosts memory, metabolism, weight loss, and increase endurance. Assist in cancer prevention and contains many anti-aging properties
Rosewater: Natural anti-inflammatory, powerful mood enhancer and has a cooling effect.
- Medjool Dates – 1 cup (deseeded and presoaked in water)
- Munaka Raisins – 1 tablespoon (keep the seed and presoak in water)
- Almonds – ¼ cup (presoaked) or use ¼ cup of almond meal
- Hemp seeds – 1 tablespoon (keep 1 teaspoon from this away for garnish)
- Dried coconut – 1 tablespoon
- Cardamom, ground – ½ teaspoon
- Cinnamon, ground – ½ teaspoon
- Ginger, ground – ¼ teaspoon
- Nutmeg, ground – a pinch
- Flaxseeds, whole – 1 tablespoon
- Black chia seeds, whole – 1 tablespoon
- Cacao or cocoa nibs, raw – 2 tablespoon
- Coconut oil, cold pressed – 1 tablespoon or as needed
- Match green tea, powder – 2 teaspoon
- Rosewater – 1 tablespoon
- Presoak dates, raisins and almonds separately in water overnight or in hot water for an hour.
- Dry the almonds and keep the skin on.
- Mix flax, chia, almonds, hemp and coconut together and grind them in a spice or coffee grinder. Note this can be made in a larger batch to use later when making more date protein balls.
- Coat your hands and the chopper container with coconut oil.
- Deseed the dates, add raisins and use a chopper to make them into a paste.
- Put this mixer in a large bowl and add the flax mixture.
- Use your hands to mix everything together.
- Add the spices, 1 teaspoon of the matcha green tea and rose water in the mixture.
- Using the palm of your hands make small balls with the mixture. Ensure palm was coated with coconut oil.
- Garnish with rest of the matcha green tea and hemp.
- Make the balls small size (up to 20 grams each)
- Eat no more than 2 a day to reduce sugar cravings.
- Add peanut or almond butter instead of almonds when using it after workout.
- Use black raisins if munakka is not available.