I've had an idea for a nut balls recipe that would contain three main superfoods. It seemed like a good idea, yet there was one problem. I couldn't find any recipe with these specific superfoods in that combination. So, it was time to experiment. The conclusion is that a nut ball recipe with ashwagandha, maca, and baobab is a delicious superfood concoction!
These nut balls are filled with walnuts, pecans, and pumpkin seeds, but that is not all! They are also filled with superfoods like baobab, maca, and ashwagandha. If you are trying to up your nutrition, these are the perfect little superfood nut balls!
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What are superfood nut balls?! Think energy balls or protein balls on steroids! These little wonders are going to pack a punch of nutritious nuts as well as a generous dose of superfoods.
Many nut balls only have one nut as their base, this recipe has THREE nuts as its base.
Nut balls are typically created by grinding a nut into a powder and then adding various other ingredients to make the ball stick together.
Are Nuts Superfoods?
Nuts are great superfoods! They are often packed with nutrients such as vitamin E, magnesium, and selenium. Often they are high in fats and low in carbs. Because of their high-fat content, they are best consumed in moderation.
Nutritional Facts of Pumpkin Seeds
This recipe contains one of my favorite seeds, which is the pumpkin seed. They are specifically packed with magnesium and zinc. They are known to support heart health, prostate health, and combat certain types of cancer.
Benefits of Walnuts
Walnuts are one of those foods where just as you think you are getting to the bottom of how amazing they are, another new fact springs up! Walnuts are rich in antioxidants which are from plant compounds called polyphenols, which are located in the pale skin of the walnut. It also is packed is omega-3s and may reduce inflammation in the body.
Benefits of Pecans
My husband loves a good ole' pecan pie. I never much thought about the pecan until I learned that about him. Then I started experimenting with pecan recipes like this one and learned that I too loved this sweet nut. Most notable about the pecan is its high amounts of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. It is also known to lower blood pressure!
How to Make Superfood Nut Balls
The recipe is fairly straightforward, all you need to do is gather your nuts (plus chia seeds) and grind them into a powder. I mean, you are really going to want to beat those babies down! Add the remaining ingredients and blend until you get a sticky (but not too sticky) concoction.
With protein balls, the amount of liquid can vary a bit depending on the type of ingredients you have. If your dough is not sticky enough, you can add another tbsp of water.
Grab the dough with small pinches and roll it into balls. If you like squares instead, check out this recipe's trick for creating little square protein balls.
Frequently asked questions
Can I use a blender or food processor?
Either will work. I do not have a food processor and my dough turned out just fine. Some recipe creators recommend pulsating instead of blending for nut balls.
Can I feed this to my baby?
I personally would not recommend that because these have a sticky nutty consistency.
What if my dough is too sticky?
Start with adding 1 more tbsp of baobab. This should thicken it up to form into balls.
I don't think these things are going to last very long in your kitchen! But if by some miracle you are able to sneak the past your family, store them in an airtight container for 2-weeks or freeze in an air-tight container for up to 2 months.
Video - Watch How to Make them!
Dipping the Nut Balls
An optional step in this recipe is dipping the nut balls in unsweetened coconut flakes, baobab, and unsweetneed cocoa. My kids like the baobab dipped balls the best and I truly think the coconut ones are fantastic. The protein balls themselves are a rather dull color so adding the coconut flakes, baobab, or cocoa powder gives them a nice ending color.
As soon as you roll them into a ball, place them in a separate bowl of coconut flakes, baobab, or cocoa and roll them again in the powder or flakes.
Ingredients for the Nut Balls
Unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
Additional baobab powder (optional)
Unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
- ¾ whey protein powder
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup pecans
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 5 tbsp water
- 4 tbsp Gentle Sweet
- 4 tbsp Baobab
- 2 tbsp chia
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tsp ashwaghanda
- 1 tsp maca
- Unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
- Additional baobab powder (optional)
- Unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
- Place the three types of nuts, plus chia seeds in a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Add the remaining ingredients until combined. The dough should be sticky enough to hold together.
- Grab small pinches of the dough and roll into balls.
- If desired you can then roll the balls in unsweetened coconut, baobab, or unsweetened chocolate powder.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 4 small balls
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g
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