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Acai Berry Beetroot Energy Balls

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Pink power! What do you think of these pink energy balls? There’s something about pink food that makes me smile; it looks so cheerful!

These acai beetroot balls are tasty, healthy and quick to make; you can rustle up a batch in under 30 mins (plus chilling time). Just blend the ingredients together and roll into balls; the most time consuming bit is the rolling!

 

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They are so much tastier than shop bought varieties, which frequently just taste dry and cloyingly sweet to me. These acai berry and beetroot balls taste zingy from the goldenberries and fresh lemon, berry-fresh from the dried acai berry and fragrant and crunchy from the nuts and chia seeds. Sweetness is provided by caramel-like Medjool dates.

 

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I think they make a lovely present for a discerning foodie; just pop some balls into a clean jar and tie a ribbon around its neck and you have a delicious home-made present which is suitable for vegans, vegetarians, coeliacs, the health conscious and even fussy children!

 

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These balls also freeze well, making them ideal for batch prepping and defrosting as snacks whenever required. (I also like them as pre-work out snacks).

 

Why eat acai berries?

Acai berries are very high in antioxidants (especially anthocyanins) and are also one of the few fruits that contain healthy fats (including omega-3, 6 and 9). They therefore exert widespread beneficial effects on the body: including the brain, heart, digestive, endocrine and immune system. E.g. they promote clarity of thought by reducing inflammation in the brain and protect against the damaging effects of stress by balancing hormonal levels. Their high antioxidant content also helps skin to regenerate and hence help in scar healing and anti-ageing.

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Why add beetroot?

Beetroot is packed with so many nutrients. It is rich in nitrates which when metabolised in the body, helps reduce blood pressure and improve blood flow to organs so is believed to boost exercise endurance and stamina (hence often eaten by athletes) and improve cognition. Beetroot also contains an amino acid called betaine, which helps to detoxify the liver and may help to decrease heart disease risk.

The purple pigment in beetroot is actually betacyanin and this may help protect against carcinogens. Beetroot is also rich in potent anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories so excellent for fighting disease. Its high fibre content (especially insoluble fibre) helps promotes a healthy digestive tract.

I have also added chia seeds for extra protein, omega-3s and fibre and protein powder to further boost the nutritional profile.

 

Preparation time: 25-30 mins plus chilling time

Makes: 22-24 balls (20g each) 

Ingredients:

  • 150g Medjool dates (approximately 7, deseeded)
  • 100g nuts of choice. I used raw cashews
  • 100g dried goldenberries
  • 25g protein powder (soya bean or pea)
  • 50g cashew butter
  • 2 tbsp. acai Omega-3 Superpowder
  • 2 tbsp. beetroot powder
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds (you can substitute with flaxseeds if you prefer).
  • 1-1.5 tbsp. lemon juice (depending on how dry your dates are)
  • Pinch of salt.

Method:

  • Add all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Blitz to combine. Add more lemon juice if the mixture seems a little dry.
  • Scoop out spoonfuls of the mixture and roll into balls using your hands. Place in a container in the freezer for 1hr before eating.
  • While these balls are fine at room temperature, I like to store mine in the fridge, where they last about 14 days and much longer in the freezer. Enjoy!

 

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Don’t forget you can find my favourite recipes in my FREE eBook here.

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