IngredientsRecipe excertped from Raw Energy © 2009 by Stephanie Tourles and Storey Publishing. All rights reserved. Photograph above © 2009 by Kevin Kennefick.
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
- Grind the almonds to the consistency of a medium to fine meal in a food processor or nut and seed grinder.
- Dice the crystallized ginger into ¼-inch cubes.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.