Little balls of energy!

I hate to disillusion everyone, but a gluten free cookie is still a cookie and chances are, unless you make it itself (and even then it depends on the recipe you use), it will have more calories, more sugar and more fat than a traditional cookie and we’re not talking good fat!!!

Rather than a cookie, I pulled off the ingredients for one of Udi’s gluten free bagels. Now I understand that many people do actually have gluten intolerances and as such, can’t eat traditional goods but all I’m saying is, check the labels and more importantly, don’t go thinking that because it’s gluten free, it’s good for you! You still need to eat in moderation and check that you are getting all of the body’s necessary nutrients. Gluten free foods tend to have way less fibre because they are made up of starchy ingredients.

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Udi’s whole grain GF bagel – look at all of that starch and sugar and check out the corn syrup!!!

INGREDIENTS: WATER, TAPIOCA STARCH, BROWN RICE FLOUR, CANOLA OIL, EGG WHITES, DRIED CANE SYRUP, TAPIOCA MALTODEXTRIN, TAPIOCA SYRUP, FLAX SEED, XANTHAN GUM, AMARANTH FLOUR, YEAST, SALT, SORGHUM FLOUR, TEFF FLOUR, CULTURED CORN SYRUP SOLIDS AND CITRIC ACID (MOLD INHIBITOR), DRY MOLASSES, ENZYMES. CONTAINS: EGG

Now here’s a little something for the weekend that’s not only gluten free but also paleo and full of healthy fats AND…..it’s nut free. I made a few variants adding mint to a few, orange to some others and a bit of spirulina to some more. I also kept a few plain. The figs give a caramel flavour to them; kind of like molasses. You can add some honey or maple syrup if you like them sweeter (I think they’re sweet enough).

I laughed when I was making these. Dane said to me “Mum, do you really just chuck it all in?” Yip. I do. Whatever is in the fridge and cupboards. So the morale, improvise! If you don’t have figs, use dates or raisins. If you don’t have coconut, use ground almonds and/or cashews. If you don’t have coconut oil, use another healthy oil or some nut butter or tahini. Dip them in sesame seeds or chia seeds. If you use the chia seeds just remember to check your teeth afterwards. Those little blighters love to get stuck between your teeth 🙂

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Energy balls

2 cups of unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup of raw cacao
2 tablespoons of coconut oil (or 1 oil and 1 honey)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
3/4 cup of chopped figs

Blitz above in a blender until it’s the consistency that can be rolled into balls. Roll into small balls and roll in cocoa powder or coconut.

Yummy. Yummy.

Notes: you can also add protein powder or spirulina for extra protein!

I added Acai powder and maca powder to mine too just because I had it!!! Figured a little more of the old super foods wouldn’t go wrong. No taste though!

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