Mondays comes just too fast.Imagine we’re already into the second month of the year. In just a month, the other Presidential Election candidate, who lost the second round of election that took place in Nov, was ‘sworn’ in as the ‘People’s President’. In their battle to win the powerful chair, the country is still battling with basic needs. High Food Prices, clean drinking water, better roads, proper sanitation, a cleaner environment to name a few issue needs urgent attention. So many issues to tackle. Mombasa has trash dumped all on roadsides and the hills are going taller by the day. I wish the politicians would for once with dedication just get on with what their tasks are instead of wasting time and useful resources in battling for the cogent position. The people of this country can but wait patiently to see how the rest of the year will pan out. The other event, a blue moon, lunar eclipse, a red moon… we missed it. Kept on staring out of the window to see if the huge white moon will change color but alas it did not.
This week’s #130th theme was chosen by Kriti who blogs at Krispy Kadhai. She chose the theme SeasonOfRed. She wanted us to make something that is red. When one mentions red, the first thing that pops up is red velvet dishes. These days you have red velvet cake, muffins, cheesecakes, cookies,truffles etc etc. I was tempted to make red velvet crinkle cookies( ohhh! that sounds so so so good). I’m trying not to consume sugar this month. So like an angel decided that I will make the evil cookies and resist the temptation to even taste one. However, the devil in me just took over and I knew till my tongue would not touch the red velvet crinkle cookie it would not rest in peace.
The only way to work round the devil was to come up with a healthy recipe and beat it at its own game. I’m okay with using a bit of natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup but processed sugar is off limits for now. (And no I don’t have diabetes before any of you ask me!). Its me trying to following a healthy eating plan but slowly cutting off all not so healthy foods. Its been over 4 years since I gave up fizzy drinks. Don’t miss it at all. Giving up sugar permanently is not going to be easy but have decided to make healthy choices.
The recipe I prepared is healthy and red. Its energy balls where I’ve added beetroot and all ‘good for you’ stuff. Check out the recipe and go on, try it out. Its super duper easy. Prepare the mixture and let your kids help you to roll the balls. According to the calorie counter, each ball is about 85 calories. Its a filling and healthy snack.
BEETROOT ENERGY BALLS
75g (approx.½ cup) beetroot, peeled, boiled and cut into small cubes
½ cup oats
100g(approx.½ cup)pitted and chopped dates
¼ cup almond slivers
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1-2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp orange zest (grated orange rind)
a small pinch of sea salt (optional)
1-2 tbsp desiccated coconut
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1-2 tbsp mixed seeds
- Roast the oats in a pan over low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring it all time so that it does not get burnt.
- Remove the oats and add the almond slivers. Roast them for 1-2 minutes.
- Let the almond slivers and oats cool down a bit.
- Put chopped beetroot and dates into a food processor. Process till both are roughly chopped.
- Add oats, almonds, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, salt, orange zest and maple syrup.
- Process till you get a sticky mass.
- Remove the mixture into a bowl or plate.
- Take about a tablespoon of the mixture and roll it into a ball.
- Repeat step 5 with the remaining mixture. You should be able to roll the balls without the mixture sticking to your hands. If it does, add some more almond powder, powdered oats or cocoa powder.
- I have given 3 choices of coating. You can use all 3 or one only. Roll the balls in the coating.
- Keep the ready balls in the fridge for 1-2 hours before serving.
- Store remaining balls in the fridge.
- Replace a tablespoon of cocoa with protein powder
- I added salt to balance the sweetness of the balls. You can omit it.
- Add cinnamon powder for flavoring if you like.
- You can use roasted beetroot instead of boiled.
- Use any other coating of your choice.
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