Lets face it, everyone needs to snack throughout the day and this here is one nutrient boost of a snack – my problem is one is just not enough, but as these are brimming full of essential vitamins and minerals, eating one or two more can be guilt free!
To make these FODMAP friendly, I’ve played around with the typical energy ball ingredients, starting with the base. Cranberries and almonds form the deliciously sticky, caramelised bite. Each small ball is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, protein and fibre with the added benefit of Vitamin E, essential for lowering rates of Heart Disease, Cancer and Alzheimers as well as Magnesium to lower blood pressure. And the best bit, the antioxidants found within almonds protect again damage to the molecules in your cells, contributing to inflammation and ageing, surely anything that helps us look younger for longer is a win win.
All this goodness before we even consider the amazing gut healing properties found within Turmeric, what with it being an anti inflammatory and a pain reliever, its a great all rounder for anyone looking for a post work out snack or those wanting to improve their digestive system.
These are so simple to make, my 6 year old knocks up a batch for her after school snacks in 15 mins flat!
100 g Blanched Almonds
40 g Dried Cranberries, Unsweetened
2 tbsp Chia Seeds
1 tsp Turmeric
2 tsp Orange Essence
1 Orange, Grated Rind
1/2 cup Ground Almonds, To coat the balls
- Blend the nuts until they are ground.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until mixed together, scraping to down as you go. You'll know when to stop as the mixture will begin to feel stick.y
- Form in to small balls around 2cm in diameter.
- Place the ground almonds in a bowl or a small ziplock bag and roll each ball around until coated.
- Place in the fridge and enjoy a week of nutritious snacks.