These energy balls are perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth and they're a great snack for when you're on the go. This recipe can be mixed and matched with whatever fruit and nuts you might have lying around. Have some fun experimenting with different combinations, below is one we can't get enough of!
- 350g cashew butter - it's really easy to make you own! Follow our almond butter recipe here and substitute it with cashew nuts.
- 60 ml maple syrup/honey
- 1 TBSP coconut flour
- 1 handful of dried cranberries
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Combine the cashew butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt using a whisk or food processor.
- Add the coconut flour and cranberries and mix evenly throughout.
- Roll the mixture into balls and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
- Rich source of the essential minerals manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.
- Contain high levels of monounsaturated fats such as oleic and palmitoleic acid.
- Oleic acid has been demonstrated to lower blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity. Studies also suggest that oleic acid has a beneficial effect on cancer, autoimmune diseases and inflammatory diseases.
- Palmitoleic acid may be useful in the treatment of hypertriglyceridemia (high blood triglycerides). It has also been shown to decrease LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol and high sensitivity CRP (C-Reactive Protein). A high hs-CRP is associated with cardiovascular disease.
- Good source of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids are crucial for healthy vision and protect against harmful high-energy light waves, such as UV rays. They also protect against cataracts and macular degeneration.
While dried cranberries offer a wide range of health benefits, they are a more concentrated source of natural sugars compared to natural fruit so it is important to consume less.
- Great source of vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant and protects the body against free radicals. Free radicals can lead to cellular damage which is a common pathway for cancer, especially colon cancer, aging and a variety of other diseases. It is also required for proper functioning of the immune system.
- Good source of fibre;
- Maintains bowel health.
- Binds with bile acids & reduces cholesterol.
- Also binds to secondary bile acids which has been shown to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
- Aids weight loss & stops sharp spikes in blood sugar levels.
- Bursting with a huge range of phytonutrients;
- One type of phytonutrient, proanthocyanins, is likely to be responsible for cranberries protective benefits against urinary tract infections and possibly stomach ulcers.
- Provide protection against cancer and cardiovascular disease due to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
- A diet rich in cranberries has been linked to a reduction in blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and and an increase in HDL cholesterol.