Thanks to June Wilson for providing this recipe
Nuts and seeds
Adding more ingredients to sweeten the recipe will likely make the fat balls much more calorific so I recommend using the sweet ingredients sparingly. In fact, I rarely use a sweetener at all with this recipe, however when I do, I often use stevia.
Nuts and Seeds
In my recipe, I used a combination of Almond and Walnuts. The seeds are pumpkin, sunflower, black sesame, black cumin seeds and shredded coconut
Something to bring all of the ingredients together
In this case, I am making chocolate fat balls so I used Cacao powder and cacao nibs.
For this recipe, I didn’t use anything
Use a food processor and grind the nuts first until they are well ground then add the seeds and grind again. When you have the texture you want add the flavourings, blend and then add the wet ingredients and blend one more time to combine.
If you used melted cacao butter allow it to cool because if it’s too warm it will be too loose and difficult to handle.
Using a pair of vinyl gloves shape the mixture into bite size balls and place in the fridge to set.
Fat balls are as healthy as you want them to be. Although calorific, nuts and seeds tend to help with weight loss rather than weight gain. However, if you add dried fruits as your sweetener you are increasing the chance of weigh gain. Be care with how you balance your ingredients.
For this recipe, I used a mixture of nuts in order to get a range of vitamins and minerals. Almonds and walnuts contain vitamin E which is particularly important for heart health. The seeds are high in omega oils which your body cannot make so you have to get from your diet Omega-3 fats lower blood pressure; improve blood vessel function and may ease inflammation which is a cause of many diseases. The nuts and seeds are also high in fibre. Having fibre in you diet is essential for your digestive system to work effectively. Fibre is also essential food for the healthy bacteria in your intestines (also known as the microbiome) whose health is important for the overall health of your entire body.
I used peanut butter to bind the balls together but you could use any nut butter, whether shop-bought or homemade.
As for flavourings, Cacao is typically less processed than cocoa and is an excellent source of several minerals including magnesium, which helps to relax muscles and selenium. In fact, cacao which is subject to less heat in its production contains more antioxidants which are beneficial to overall health. Remember that cacao is chocolate so contains caffeine, so I would not recommend eating these later in the evening as they will keep you awake.
I did not use a sweetener in my recipe and some may find these a little bitter; if I had I probably would have used a few drops of Stevia which is a plant-based liquid sweetener. You could sweeten them by adding stoned Medjool dates, apricots, raisins or any dried fruit after the nuts and have been ground.