Turmeric Maca Powder Cacao Energy Balls

While bowl of small orange and black donut hole type balls rolled in orange turmeric powder or bits of walnuts
(Source: natalieshealth.com)

So what happens when superfood turmeric collides with superfood maca?

Turmeric maca powder cacao energy balls are created!

According to this recipe’s author, Natalie of Natalie’s Health, Turmeric Maca Powder Cacao Energy Balls make for an excellent healthful course dessert or snack. They are a nutrient-dense blend of nuts, dried fruit, as well as four of nature’s greatest most powerful superfoods – Maca powder, raw cacao powder, turmeric and Ceylon cinnamon.

Maca root has especially received a lot of attention lately. Maca (Lepidium meyenii), also known as Peruvian ginseng, is the root of a vegetable native to the Andes region of Peru. While research on maca is still in its early stages, some studies indicate maca may be a mood booster, skin protector, improves memory and learning, reduces prostate size, relieves symptoms of menopause and increases libido in both men and women.

What’s known for sure is that maca root powder is very nutritious, and is a great source of several important vitamins and minerals.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa), on the other hand, is grown for its root, and has an ancient history of uses in cooking (as a spice), fabric dyeing, cosmetics and traditional medicine in China and India.

Believed to be a natural anti-inflammatory packed with antioxidants, many claim turmeric has a wide range of health benefits such as the potential to prevent heart disease, eye conditions and Alzheimer’s as well as helping people with arthritis and even reducing the risk or spread of cancer.

Natalie writes that she likes to roll these turmeric/maca balls in crushed goji berries for the extra immunity boost, but you can basically roll them in anything you want, ground nuts to chia seeds, for the extra protein boost.

Here is Natalie’s recipe for Turmeric Maca Powder Cacao Energy Balls:

 Prep Time 10 minutes

 Total Time 10 minutes

 Servings 22 balls

Ingredients

  • 12 Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons maca powder
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoons Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Crushed goji berries and ground walnuts for rolling

Instructions

  1. Remove the pits from dates and soak them in hot water for several minutes. When the dates are softened, drain them and place in a food processor. Save the water.
  2. Add the other ingredients to a food processor and process until mixture begins to thicken and stick together.
  3. Check texture by pinching a bit between your fingers. It should be sticky and able to keep its shape. If the mixture is too dry, add 1 tablespoon more water in which you have soaked the dates.
  4. With the teaspoon scoop the mixture and roll into small balls. Roll individual balls in crushed goji berries or ground almonds to coat.

Notes

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until serving. Keep the energy balls frozen up to three months in the freezer. As a measure, Natalie uses an US cup (240ml).

Nutrition

Serving: 1ball | Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.6mg

(Source: Natalie’s Health)