1 cup Almonds
½ cup Sunflower Seeds
2-4 Tbsp CHIA seeds
2 Tbsp Black Strap organic Molasses
2-3 cups Pitted Dates
1 cup of any other dried fruit (raisins, cran-raisin’s, pineapple, mango.. etc…)
1 cup Almond butter (unsalted)
**Optional ½-1 cup of grounded oats, or rice cakes or rice puffs**
Set aside ½ cup of sesame seeds or unsweetened coconut
- Ground the almonds to a powder consistency (presoak them over night in equal amounts of water if you have a hard time digesting almonds). Place in a large bowl
- Add the CHIA seeds to bowl
**If you use the oats/rice , grind and add to the bowl**
- Ground the Sunflower seeds (same as almonds) and add to the bowl
- Puree the dried fruit, molasses and almond butter
- Add to the bowl
- With clean hands knead the mixture together similar to a moist dough an form into balls
- Roll each ball in the set aside sesame seeds or coconut
- Let them sit in the fridge for at least an hour so they harden, they wont crumble as easily then
Add the oats and knead the dough into a glass-PAM sprayed pan and let sit in fridge over night. Afterwards cut into squares for the older crowd! *note they are delicate when you are removing them from the pan*
Here is some break downs of why I chose a few of the above ingredients
Black Strap Molasses : I didn’t even know how nutritious (in moderation ) this OLD school item is. It is chalked full of iron. Iron is part of the system that transfers oxygen to your body cells. Because growing babes need iron, I add it into Zions pancakes and almond balls.
CHIA seeds: See post on these amazing seeds! http://naturallyfitmom.com/ch-ch-chia/
Dates: Full of natural fibre this is great for the digestive system and to ensure healthy daily “movements”, and an over all healthy colon. It contains essential vitamins and minerals such as: calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium, which are needed by everyone, babies, mommies and daddies!
Seasame Seeds: These are another healthy item, with high levels of calcium and magnesium. Some other benefits of tossing these over salads, or in these almond balls, is that they help fight off free radicals in the body.