I’ve been feeling a little tropical lately with the Spring sun out so I decided to try a recipe that Anastasija posted a couple weeks ago. She creates the most nourishing and tasty recipes and I thought this one would be appropriate for Good Friday! Fresh mango, creamy almond butter, vibrant bee pollen, I mean really! These little energy truffles are packed full of power, they aren’t meant to be eaten by the dozen like a dessert. They would be great to take on a hike or as a quick post-workout boost. I also think they’re a good little pick-me-up when you’re feeling that afternoon slump and looking for a sweet treat. You can follow the recipe below or mix and match with similar ingredients that you might already have in your pantry.
Bunny-Tail Energy Truffles
(Recipe via Grandmother’s Figs)
1 cup organic oats or quinoa flakes
1 cup hemp seeds
1 tbsp bee pollen (optional)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup almond butter
1 fresh mango
2 cups or 16 organic medjool dates
hemp seeds/sesame seeds
1. Add oats/quinoa flakes, 1/2 cup hemp seed and bee pollen to a food processor or high speed blender and blend until flour like consistency. Transfer the ‘flour’ into a bowl and set side.
2. Blend/process together mango, nut butter, dates and cinnamon until completely smooth.
3. Transfer the wet mixture to the ‘flour’ mix together with the remaining 1/2 cup hemp seeds and combine all together. Let the dough set in the fridge for 30 minutes.
4. Roll balls with your palms and then coat in toppings of your choice. I went with shredded coconut and raw cacao powder to create an Easter Bunny theme, but get creative and use whatever you can find! Let the truffles set in the fridge for at least an hour (overnight is best). Store in an airtight container or freeze for later use.
They are very soft in the centre and quite sticky until coated with the toppings. I found rubbing a bit of coconut oil on my palms helped to form them into balls. It’s important to let them cool in the fridge after rolling them so they don’t fall apart.
These energy truffles are a good source of fibre and protein. You can boost this recipe even more by adding a scoop or two of protein powder. They are raw, vegan, and gluten-free (as long as your oats are certified gluten-free). The fresh mango and bee pollen makes them fragrant and alive! I love how rolling them in cacao powder makes them look so professional and legit. No big deal, just made some truffles!
Hope everyone has a lovely weekend! Hip-hop happy Easter!