Author: Lily Mazzarella
These tasty herbal treats are perfect mid-morning and early afternoon pick-me-ups—the times you might be crashing/craving/irritable and reaching for something sweet and caffeinated. Full of healthy fats, fiber, protein and herbal adaptogens, these superfood balls will keep you fueled without the down slope on the other side. They actually contribute to your system—which is what good food and herbs should do. Eat 1-2 per day.
8 ounces (1 cup) almond butter, and/or another nut/seed butter
½ cup Super Power Adaptogen Powder (plain ashwagandha and/or maca powders can be used)
2 tbsp raw local honey or molasses (or to taste)
4 dates, pits removed
1 tsp organic cinnamon
1/8 tsp organic ground nutmeg
½ tsp organic dried ginger or 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
½ tsp vanilla
Blend all ingredients in a food processor, adjusting ratios to form a thick, but workable paste. Roll into balls, roll balls in cinnamon or powdered herb of choice. Store in a closed container in the refrigerator or freezer.
* You can riff on the recipe endlessly, and easily double the recipe, as these store well. One of my favorite versions ups the adaptogen ante and features dried goji berries that have been soaked in Tulsi Rose Tea (a delicious Holy Basil tea—another adaptogen—by Organic India) instead of dates. These balls can be made with raw organic cacao, carob, or turmeric.
* For a sugar-free version, omit dates and honey/molasses, increase the vanilla, and consider a couple of drops of organic liquid stevia.
(Herbs are fun, and can make you feel very, very good)