Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
If someone had told me 5 years ago that I would willingly eat algae, that I would seek it out even, I would’ve said they’d been smoking mass quantities of the loco weed. But, despite the adage, a leopard can change her stripes. I not only put a spoonful of spirulina (a.k.a. blue-green algae) into my morning smoothie, I mix the stuff up with sweet dates, hemp seeds, coconut, and nuts for a powerhouse-of-health snack. Munching on these raw spirulina balls is not only good for you – it temporarily turns your fingers and your teeth an alluring green.
What’s all the fuss about over spirulina?
- You get a nice dose of antioxidants which protect us from those nasty free radicals that damage healthy cells;
- you also get folate which helps brain function;
- and, if you’re looking for plant-based protein, add spirulina to your diet.
BTW, this recipe appears in my new cookbook (in the Tart Craving Chapter), Crave Eat Heal: Plant-based, Whole Food Recipes to Satisfy Every Craving, that you can pre-order here (or click on the cover image below). And don’t forget about my 16-recipe companion e-book, Crave. Eat. Heal. Outtakes! It’s only $4.99! Get it via Blurb or iBooks.
Raw Lemon-Coconut Spirulina Balls
Blue-green algae never tasted so good! In these vegan, raw balls, spirulina is paired with coconut, dates, and nuts for a delicious, nutritious dessert or snack.
- Prep Time: 10
- Total Time: 120
- Yield: 20
- 1 cup raw pecan pieces
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1/2 cup unsweetened raw coconut flakes
- 2 Tbsp. hemp seeds
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp. coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp. spirulina
- Put the pecans and dates into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until broken down into small pieces. Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth. You will need to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times. The mixture will form a ball.
- Scrape the mixture into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or two. Using a small spoon, scoop up about 1 heaping teaspoon of the mixture and roll into a ball. Place in an air-tight container. Continue with the rest of the mixture and store the balls in the refrigerator.
- Use a protein powder mix (which often contains spirulina) if you don’t have spirulina on hand.
- Serving Size: 10
- Calories: 157
- Sugar: 11
- Sodium: 4
- Fat: 12
- Saturated Fat: 4
- Unsaturated Fat: 7
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 14
- Protein: 2
- Cholesterol: 0