Coconut oil and Coconut + Cacao Energy Balls Recipe

Coconut Oil: Good or Bad?

There is a lot of scepticism surrounding the over use of the loosely termed “superfood” coconut oil by health advocates and professionals alike. Coconut oil is praised for it’s anti-microbial anti-viral properties and high smoking point but also criticised for its high saturated fat content. This gives rise to blood cholesterol levels, lauric acid helps boost HDL (good) which easily is digested into energy where as LDL (bad) is also increased in the blood. Therefore it can have both negative and positive effects in terms of saturated fat metabolised in the body.

What should be considered here is quantity consumed and the age old “everything in moderation” guideline. Coconut oil is a beautiful oil to use not only in cooking but also as a simple beauty product, just be aware of how much you’re consuming.

When purchasing coconut oil be sure to look for 100% Organic, virgin, cold pressed unrefined coconut oil and ethically sourced products such as “Pacific Organics”.

balls 1

Recipe – Coconut + Cacao Energy Balls

If you’re craving chocolate or need a quick energy hit these balls a quick and easy with a reasonable shelf life. Not only are easy to make but higher in nutrients, lower in sugar (using the more nutritious Molasses) than your typical chocolate even the Raw kind.
In comparison to chocolate you’ll find these balls to be more energy dense with higher amount of nutrients and approximately 3 grams of sugar per ball less if you don’t count the dates.

Nutrients (macro and micro) that can be beneficially noted:

  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Protein
  • Fibre
  • Omegas 3.6.9

Balls 2Ingredients:

*Use Organic where possible
1 Cup Almond meal
1/4 Cup Organic Cacao Powder
1/4 Cup LSC (Linseed, Sunflower + Chia)
1/4 Desiccated Coconut
Pinch pink sea salt
2 Tsp Organic Blackstrap Molasses or Rice Malt
3 Tblsp “Pacific Organic” Coconut Oil

Optional Additions:
2 Diced Medool Dates for extra sweetness or
1 Tblsp of Cacao nibs for bitter crunch

Method:

  1. Mix dry ingredients together
  2. Using the back of a tablespoon blend in the Molasses/Rice Malt and coconut oil
  3. One combined add optional extras if desired and mold into balls with your hands. Roll the balls in extra coconut…
  4. Ready to eat, particularly good with a nice cup of Herbal tea :)… Store in the sealed container in the fridge.

With Love,

Lys Bird

References:
http://daa.asn.au/for-the-public/smart-eating-for-you/nutrition-a-z/coconut-oil/
http://nutritiondata.self.com/
https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients
http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/science/monitoringnutrients/nutrientables/nuttab/Pages/default.aspx

 

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