THESE FIBRE-RICH ADAPTOGENIC BOMBS ARE LIT. LIKE LITERALLY, ON FIRE LIT.
On the quest to encourage my dad to eat healthier, I made a batch of these Low-Sugar & Low-Carb Walnut & Cashew Sweet & Salty Caramel Energy Balls a.k.a. Who Said Salted Caramel Was Unhealthy – Oh & That First Bite… Heavenly!. TBH, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get him to do the whole energy ball thing – let’s just say, it was never really his cup of tea, ya know? But I took my chances.
Anyway, HE FREAKING LOVED THEM. Like LOVED is an understatement. He’s been raving about them all week (& also eating them all week, which means ‘yo girl needed to make a fresh batch last night).
I still did my best to keep them as low-sugar as possible! And of course, as always, they are naturally sweetened! They’re packed with protein, healthy fats, energy-boosting, hormone-balancing, stress-reliving & full of fibre! They’re also vegan, gluten-free, filling, satisfying & simply… THE BOMB!!!!!
BUT WAIT, WHAT ON EARTH ARE ADAPTOGENS?
I’ve spoken about them on numerous occasions in the past because I strongly believe they are what saved me & really helped me cope with the anxiety & stress surrounding my eating disorder recovery. When I first started recovery, my therapist had proposed putting me on anxiety medication to help me cope with all the struggles that recovery entitled. But, TBH, I was scared SHITLESS. I have heard so many stories about how, yes, the medication helps, but also how hard it is to come off of it because the body really does learn to rely on it. I opted not to take them (even though it was so hard at first to cope) & I started to do research about how I could help my anxiety naturally. ALL HAIL ADAPTOGENS.
They are basically natural supplements that increase the body’s ability to resist the damaging effects of stress & anxiety by balancing, restoring & protecting the body & helping it cope. They help boost energy & endurance, contain antioxidants, regulate hormones & fight the signs of aging.
Elevated cortisol levels & chronic stress affect every physiological system in your body, including thyroid & adrenal glands. Cortisol is also known as the aging hormone. When it gets too high, it puts you into a “fight or flight” response, which puts your body in a state of constant stress, burns out adrenal glands, stresses the digestive tract & immune system. Adaptogens help restore the body’s state of homeostasis & normalize its physiological functions & responses to stressors.
These balls are loaded with adaptogens, which means every bite will give you all the tools you need to help fight your stress & cope with your anxiety. Cool, right? I used maca, chaga & ashwagandha, but you can feel free to switch it up & swap these for your favourite adaptogens! BTW, I will be publishing a blog post in the coming weeks all about adaptogens, why I use them, how it all started & what benefits they bring to my life, so keep your eyes out for that!
I also added some psyllium husks to the mix, which is a powder that comes from plantago ovata (a plant). It’s not an adaptogen, but it’s a soluble fibre & a pre-biotic, which basically acts as a fertilizer for the good bacteria that is already lining your gut. When psyllium husks are consumed, they expand & absorb all the water in the gut & whatever might be preventing things from flowing smoothly (IF YA KNOW WHAT I MEAN). Basically, what that’s going to do is promote healthy digestion, flow, sweep out the toxins more quickly & effectively & it will make you feel better overall! Not only is psyllium good for digestive health, but it’s also great for helping lower bad cholesterol levels, promoting a healthy heart & helping with blood sugar & blood pressure levels. It’s also helpful in preventing certain types of disease & balancing acid levels in the body & maintaining healthy pH levels.
BTW, if you’re not into adaptogens, you can totally swap them for 1 – 1.5 tbsp. of collagen, beef gelatin or protein powder!
Now, aside from all the health benefits in these babies, the oat flour gives them such a delicious & crumbly texture! They almost feel like a cookie, but in energy ball form!
Also, instead of using nut butter (almond or peanut, which BTW, you can swap for), I used tahini. to change things up a bit. It’s rich in so many minerals, such as phosphorus, magnesium, potassium & iron, is great for liver detoxification, is one of the best sources of calcium out there & it’s super high in vitamin E (antioxidants) & B vitamins, which means it provides a sustained source of lasting energy & boosts the nervous system. Now you now why these balls make for an AMAZING AFTERNOON PICK ME UP. You know, that time of the day where the focus starts to go away, the face starts to droop, the eyes start to close & you just wanna go home!
Anywho, if I don’t stop ranting, I’ll give away everything that’s in these babies without actually telling you how to make them! But in a nutshell, they’re loaded with healthy fats, fiber & complex carbs to balance blood sugar levels & curb all the sugar highs & lows! The omega fatty acids in these will do wonders for everything from your gut to your skin to your hair to any other issues you may have that are caused by inflammation!
- 2/3 cup gluten-free oat flour
- 2/3 cup raw organic tahini
- Swap for peanut, almond or cashew butter for less savoury balls!
- 1 tsp. Yellow maca
- 1 tsp. Chaga mushroom powder
- 1 tsp. Ashwagandha
- If you’re not into adaptogens, you can swap them for 1 tbsp. of collagen powder , beef gelatin or protein powder!
- 1 tsp. Psyllium husks
- 2 tsp. Pure organic vanilla
- Add more for sweeter balls!
- 2 tbsp. Coconut flower syrup
- Swap for pure organic maple syrup if you don’t have & add more for sweeter balls!
- 2 tbsp. Raw organic cacao nibs
- 2 tsp. Organic chia seeds
- 1-2 tbsp. Filtered water to soften batter (as needed)
- Ceylon cinnamon for drizzling
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl & mix until combined. You’ll have to get your hands in there to really make sure that the batter is holding & sticking together.
- Add 1-2 tbsp. filtered water if the batter is too crumbly/doesn’t stick or hold. Add 1 tbsp. at a time, mix & then decide if you need to add the 2nd one.
- Roll the babes into 12 balls (or more/less, based on desired size).
- Sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Refrigerate & DEVOUR IN ‘DA MORNIN’!