Raw Spirulina Hemp Balls (Vegan & Gluten-free – with Nut-free Option)

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Raw energy balls, bars and bites are some of the easiest and quickest desserts/snacks to make. Seriously, they take less than 10-15 minutes from start to finish, leaving you with delicious and nutritious treats you could enjoy guilt-free.

Now, I’m taking nutritious to a whole new level with these Spirulina Hemp Balls! You might be cringing now, if you’re new to spirulina or if you’ve tried drinking it straight up dissolved in water (been there, done that, ughhh not good…). However, mixing a bit of spirulina into energy balls does not affect the taste in a negative way at all. It just adds an earthy flavor, along with a gorgeous green hue that makes them visually attractive as well 😉 Spirulina is a simple one-celled blue-green algae, available in powder or tablet form, which I consider to be my all natural multivitamin and mineral supplement! It is an excellent source of vital minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium and vitamins B, C, D, A, E, easily assimilated by the body. It is often touted for its high B12 content, but there is a lot of debate whether this particular form is active and absorbable, so I wouldn’t recommend it as the single source of B12 for vegetarians and vegans.

Spirulina is also 65-71% complete protein with all essential amino acids in perfect balance, which is greater gram for gram than both red meat (only 22% protein) and lentils (only 26%)*. In addition to being rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, spirulina includes anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids such as GLA and omega-3s, and is extremely high in chlorophyll.

When choosing Spirulina, make sure it comes from a clean source and is organic, as others can be contaminated or have nitrate compounds as additives.The recommended daily dose is typically 3-5 grams, but it is best to start with a smaller dose to see how your body responds to it and work your way up gradually. Due to its cleansing and immune boosting nature however, pregnant and lactating mothers, children and people with certain conditions (such as autoimmune diseases) should not take spirulina before contacting their health care provider.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Spirulina is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, decrease LDL or "bad" cholesterol, and lower blood pressure.

The hemp seeds used in this recipe are full of fiber, and omega-3 fats, which help to improve cardiovascular health. Both hemp seeds and spirulina are a good source of plant-based protein, and make this recipe appropriate for those following a vegan and/or gluten-free diet.

By Emily Cooper

Raw Spirulina Hemp Balls (Vegan & Gluten-free – with Nut-free Option)

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: n/a
  • Servings: 15

Ingredients

1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup pistachios (NUT ALLERGY: use sunflower seeds)
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup hemp hearts
1/4 cup dried apricots (or 5-6 dates, pitted)
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 teaspoon spirulina
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Throw all ingredients in a food processor and process for about 15 seconds until well combined
  2. Roll into balls and coat with sesame seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, raw cacao nibs or other coatings of your choice if desired
  3. Enjoy! And store leftovers in the fridge 😉
Throw all ingredients in a food processor and process for about 15 seconds until well combined Roll into balls and coat with sesame seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, raw cacao nibs or other coatings of your choice if desired Enjoy! And store leftovers in the fridge 😉

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 123; Total Fat: 11 g; Saturated Fat: 6 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 34 mg; Potassium: 113 mg; Carbohydrate: 5 g;  Fiber: 3 g; Sugar: 2 g; Protein: 3 g
Nutrition Bonus:
Vitamin C: 0%; Vitamin A: 23%; Iron: 10%; Calcium: 2%;
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