Well after duking it out on Facebook the vote swung the way of the Chocolate Orange Energy Ball hogging all of the limelight. But for those that voted for a taste of Apricot and Coconut with their chocolate treat, or are looking for a snack that does not contain tree nuts…..here is the sister recipe from one very chocolaty day in the kitchen!
This energy ball is another great vehicle for introducing the super-food, a blue green algae, Spirulina into your diet and enjoying the easily digested protein, magnesium, calcium and zinc that it provides. This is elevates a simple energy ball to a snack that feeds your bones, encourages strong hair and nails and boosts the immune system. Ask for Spirulina at your local health food store.
Dried apricots are rich in vitamin A and the mineral iron, so think blood and tissue building and healthy skin and cocoa has been proven to have significant benefits on the cardiovascular health of women over 40. My tip is to try to buy organic chocolate products as cocoa can retain significant levels of lead and other toxins if not grown organically. one to consider also if you have kids who love chocolate.
With a sophisticated dark and chocolaty flavour contrasting with the juicy tang of apricot, this rich, coconut, energy ball is one to enjoy after exercise or maybe as the occasional after dinner treat.
- 11/2 cups unsulphured dried apricots
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup cacao paste or organic cocoa powder
- 1tbsp coconut oil
- zest of 1 orange
- 1tsp spirulina powder
- 1/4tsp sea salt
- In a food processor pulse the dried apricots until they form a paste.
- Pulse in the cacao paste or cocoa and orange zest to combine.
- In a large bowl plug the shredded coconut, sea salt and spirulina and combine.
- Add the apricot/chocolate paste and coconut oil and combine all ingredients with the hands.
- Form into balls and roll in additional shredded coconut if desired.
- Store in the refrigerator.
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