Super Seed – Energy Bites, Nut-Free, GF

Seeds are one of the world’s oldest source of nutrition and real powerhouses what comes to their nutritional content! All seeds have essential fatty acids and they are high in protein, chock-full of antioxidants and high in fibre which helps boost your metabolism. Sunflower seeds are a good source of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium and molybdenum (which detoxifies the body from free radicals for example). Pumpkin seeds are a great source of calcium, iron, magnesium and omega-6 fatty acids. Sesame seeds are a great source of folic acid, which is essential for brain and nerve function. They also contain iron, magnesium, omega-6 fatty acids and Co-enzyme Q10, which plays a central role in energy metabolism. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, high in antioxidants and minerals including zinc can help promote healthy skin, hair and nails. Compared to most plants, chia seeds are very high in protein. They are able to absorb a lot of water and therefore with the protein give the feeling of satiety for a long time.

Some other health benefits of the ingredients:

Dates

Dates can improve digestive health and treat and prevent anaemia. It’s helpful for bone, blood and immune system health, energy boost and heart health.

Virgin Coconut oil

  • Helps boost my immune system (antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral)
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves memory and brain function
  • Helps me get into ketosis
  • Improves energy and endurance
  • Improves digestion
  • Protects the skin
  • Helps candida and yeast infection
  • Balance hormones

Liquorice root

Liquorice root has a large variation of health benefits. For example, liquorice root in moderation may help with depression, menopause and menstrual / PMS cramps. The liquorice root’s flavonoids can also help with discomfort and inflammation of the digestive system.

Raw Cacao

Raw cacao is claimed to have a lot of heath benefits! For example, it can improve your memory, increase your bliss, reduce heart disease, shed fat, boost immunity, and boost your energy.

Dried Apricots

Dried apricots are good for digestion when consumed before a meal. They are also a very good source of potassium (mineral and electrolyte) which regulates proper fluid balance, helps in proper muscle function and regulates the heartbeat. Vitamin A in dried apricots is a powerful antioxidant that helps to remove free radicals.

Nut-Free Super Seed Energy Bites
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Ingredients

  • 20g Virgin coconut oil
  • 200g Medjool dates (pitted and soaked for at least 30 minutes)
  • 2 dl=0.8c Sunflower seeds
  • 1 dl=0.4c Pumpkin seeds
  • 0.5 dl=0.2c Sesame seeds
  • 0.5 dl=0.2c Chia seeds
  • 0.5 teaspoon Vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • pinch of Himalayan salt
  • Flavouring of your choice:
  • LIQUORICE+STRAWBERRY: 2 tablespoon organic liquorice root powder + 1 tablespoon strawberry powder, freeze-dried strawberry powder for coating
  • RAW CHOCOLATE: 2 tablespoon raw cacao powder, raw cacao nibs for coating
  • DRIED APRICOT: 5-7 organic dried apricots cut into small pieces, peeled hemp seeds for coating

Instructions

  1. You can either melt the coconut oil in a microwave (30s) or place it in a small, heat-safe cup or bowl. Then place the cup or bowl in a shallow pan containing a small amount of hot water (nearly boiling) and wait until the coconut oil is melted.
  2. Chop the seeds in a food processor as smooth as possible. Then add the flavourings of your choice: strawberry and liquorice powder OR raw cacao powder OR dried apricots.
  3. If you have a quality food processor, you can add the soaked dates (not the soaking water) and the melted coconut oil at once and mix. I usually mix the dry ingredients and dates separately and then mix it all together with a spoon or hand. (This can all be done without an appliance but then you need a traditional mortar to crush the seeds)
  4. Make round balls of the mixture with your hands (about 18-20 pcs)
  5. Coat the energy balls with the flavouring of your choice: freeze-dried strawberry powder OR crushed cacao nibs OR peeled hemp seeds.
  6. Store in the fridge or in the freezer for later use.
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