I’ve recently discovered some new products in my endless searches for natural supplements; as some of you might know I never start a day without my Green Smoothie, which is usually laced with wheatgrass, spirulina and possibly even some vegan protein. Because of this, I am forever searching for new super green powders to try, and new ways of using them. A lovely new brand called Organic Burst came to my attention via twitter recently, and have since been making rather a large splash in the media; unsurprisingly so, since they are such a fantastic brand!! Along with their incredible Spirulina, Wheatgrass and Acai, they have a wonderful Maca powder and Baobab too – if you want to know more about each of these products and their amazing benefits, just check them out: http://www.organicburst.com/
I’ve never used Maca in food before and I have been doing a lot of research into the benefits of this amazing plant for the treatment of hormonal imbalances – mostly because my hormones are all over the place! Also, this amazing stuff does wonders for improving energy levels so I thought that it would be a good addition to some high energy protein balls. These little treats are the perfect pre-workout snack (eat at least 45 minutes before working out), as a post-workout treat, or even as a high energy snack during long endurance training – I am looking to all my fellow triathletes and runners here! Or when you just want something sweet, of course.
Maca Protein Date Balls
8 pitted medjool dates
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup ground almond
1/2 cup mixed nuts and seeds of your choice
1/4 cup dessicated coconut (plus extra for dusting)
3 tbsp chia seeds
3 tsp Organic Burst Maca Power
1 large scoop of Pure Whey isolate (you can use a vanilla or chocolate protein powder but results may vary)
2 tbsp coconut oil (I use Lucy Bee as I think it’s the best!!)
1 tbsp Nut Butter (any one you like, I use hazelnut)
You can add a tablespoon or 2 of pure honey if you like but the dates are pretty good on their own and if you are using a flavoured protein then you definitely don’t need extra sweetener.
Easy as pie, chop the dates as finely as you possibly can – this can be tricky as they are extremely sticky things, but it does work. put the coconut oil and nut butter in a cup and heat in a microwave for 30 seconds, mix everything together in a large bowl. Add some dessicated coconut to a small bowl and put aside. Using a tablespoon, scoop out individual servings of the mixture, roll into balls, cover in coconut and place on a tray or in a tuppaware and then place in the freezer until ready to eat.
When it comes to eating them you will need to remove from the freezer and leave them out to thaw for a few minutes first. If patience is not your strong point, move to the fridge once they’ve set and they will be easier to eat on the go.
For AMAZING MACA and all the other Organic Burst Products see www.organicburst.com or email email@example.com