This super easy, super healthy recipe came from Joy McCarthy’s book “Joyous Health.” If you love carrot cake, you are really going to enjoy these.
- 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 6 Medjool dates, pitted
- 3/4 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup grated carrots
- 1/4 cup hemp hearts
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1. Reserve 1/4 cup shredded coconut in a shallow dish for rolling.
2. Place remaining ingredients in a high-powered food processor
3. Process until fully combined.
4. Form mixture into 1-inch balls and roll in reserved shredded coconut, coating balls completely.
5. Transfer to a baking sheet and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
6. Keep chilled, or freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months, athough I guarantee they won’t last that long!
7. Enjoy 1 or 2 as a snack or dessert.
Hemp Hearts: Hemp hearts are a complete source of vegetarian protein and by a “complete” source, I mean that they contain all nine essential amino acids. A 3 tablespoon serving of hemp hearts sprinkled over yogurt, cereal or oatmeal contains 10 grams of easy to digest protein. Hemp hearts are also an excellent source of essential fatty acids. Hemp hearts have an even higher amount of omega-3 fats than flax seeds. They are also a great source of GLA or gamma-linolenic acidwhich helps to fight inflammation and balance hormones. Hemp hearts are also a great source of antioxidants, fiber, iron, zinc, carotene, phospholipids, phytosterols, vitamins B1, B2, B6, D, E, chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, potassium, phosphorus and enzymes. That’s a whole lot of nutritional benefit in those little seeds!
Walnuts: Walnuts are a rich source of hearty-healthy monounsaturated fats and an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids in the form of ALA or alpha-linolenic acid. Among numerous other benefits, diets rich in ALA have been found to be cardio-protective and provide anti-inflammatory benefits.
Carrots: Carrots are an excellent source of antioxidant compounds and one of the richest vegetable sources of the pro-vitamin A carotenoids. Carrots contain both alpha and beta-carotene, which your body converts into an active form of vitamin A, a nutrient that helps support vision health and boost the immune system.