Saturday, December 22, 2012

Stephanie Tourles: Power Balls — A Healthy, Natural Energy Snack!

Unlike playing a lottery game such as Powerball, in which your odds of winning millions of dollars are slim to none, eating these Power Balls on a consistent basis will make you truly feel like a million bucks! These soft, sticky balls are too gooey to make good portable energy snacks; they are best eaten straight out of the refrigerator while still firm, chilled, and relatively dry.

1 cup raw almonds
½ cup crystallized gingerroot pieces
½ cup raw honey
2 tablespoons bee pollen
2 tablespoons Siberian ginseng root (eleuthero) powder
Coconut oil, raw and unrefined
½ cup unsweetened coconut, finely shredded

  1. Grind the almonds to the consistency of a medium to fine meal in a food processor or nut and seed grinder.
  2. Dice the crystallized ginger into ¼-inch cubes.
  3. Transfer the almond meal and ginger to a medium bowl, and add the honey, pollen, and ginseng. Use your hands to mash all the ingredients together until a cohesive ball is formed. The dough will be very sticky.
  4. Wash and dry your hands after mixing, then oil them well with coconut oil. Pinch off pieces of dough and roll them into marble-size balls about 1¼ inches in diameter. Set aside on waxed paper.
  5. Put the shredded coconut in a shallow bowl, and roll each ball to coat. For the best flavor and consistency, allow the balls to set for 24 hours before eating. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator and consume within 2 or 3 weeks.

Yield: About 22 balls

A good source of calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, healthful fats, natural sugars, protein, vitamins B and E, and fiber, plus the pungent, warming bite of gingerroot and Siberian ginseng to increase circulation and bee products — locally harvested, if possible — which promote buzzing vigor.
Recipe excertped from Raw Energy © 2009 by Stephanie Tourles and Storey Publishing. All rights reserved. Photograph above © 2009 by Kevin Kennefick.

Stephanie Tourles is a licensed holistic esthetician, certified aromatherapist, and gardener with training in Western and Ayurvedic herbalism. She is the author of eight books, including Hands-On Healing Remedies, Organic Body Care Recipes; Raw Energy; Naturally Healthy Skin; 365 Ways to Energize Mind, Body & Soul; and Natural Foot Care. She lives in Orland, Maine.

No comments: