Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hemp Date Balls

Hemp.

The hemp seed is extremely nutritious, providing an excellent source of protein (5g in two tablespoons) and once the shell is removed (hulled) they are quite supple and easy to digest. They also contain several essential amino acids and omegas. Awesome. OK, that's all for Ashley's lesson of the day. You can read more about them here.

Hemp Date Balls

~16 medjool dates, pits removed 
2 tbls warm water
1/4 cup hulled hemp seeds (I use Bob's Red Mill though they are no longer going to be certified gluten free so I will need to find another brand)
1/3 cup smooth almond butter (I love Barney's)


Method:

In your food processor, blend the dates, water and hemp seeds. Once the ingredients are well incorporated (you may need to use a spatula to mix in some of the seeds), add in the almond butter and pulse until everything is blended.

Form balls (or whatever shape you desire ;))

I wrap in cellophane and store in the fridge. 

Yields ~ 7 balls


These are a bit sticky so you could roll them in coconut flakes or cocoa powder to make them easier to handle.

A filling treat: 

The past couple of days I took a wheat and gluten free brown rice tortilla (I use Food For Life brand), spread a 'ball' on it and wrapped it up. Yum!

You can check out other bars/balls on this site here

Enjoy ;)

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