You know you just won snacking when that snack is anti-inflammatory, vegan, gluten free, grain free, ketogenic, tree nut free, and full of awesome flavor!
These truffles (or energy balls – whatever you’d like to call them) will satisfy your sweet tooth, fuel you through a workout, or start your day off right! This fat-burning recipe is high in antioxidants, fiber, healthy fats, potassium, and protein. These truffles are vegan, gluten-free, tree-nut free, paleo friendly, and low carb, so everyone will be happy! I tried to accommodate as many dietary restrictions as possible while adding multiple superfoods. You can substitute or add any additional toppings you might like. I kept with the anti-inflammatory theme and added extra turmeric, flax seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and cacao nibs. If your diet allows for tree nuts, then chopped nuts of any variety are a great addition.
Turmeric: Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse a natural antioxidant due to its high concentration of curcumin. It is widely used for joint health and pain relief. Turmeric can also help settle the stomach and prevent indigestion.
Avocado: Avocados are high in fiber, healthy fats, and potassium, but low in carbohydrates. Avocados are anti-inflammatory as well, while also helping to regulate blood sugar levels, and assist in nutrient absorption.
Flax Seeds: Flax seeds are another ingredient known for their anti-inflammatory properties. They are anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Flax seeds are very high in fiber, potassium, magnesium, and omega 3 fatty acids. These nutrients are what give flax seeds their power to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are also anti-inflammatory and help to regulate blood sugar. They have high amounts of fiber, calcium, and healthy fats.
Hemp Seeds: Hemp seeds offer high amounts of plant protein, phytonutrients, omega 3 fats, and contain 20 amino acids.
Raw Cacao: This recipe uses raw cacao powder and nibs. Raw cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron, it has more antioxidants than berries, and it contains one of the highest food-based sources of magnesium. Cacao is known to support heart health, balance blood sugar, and regulate mood. In addition to magnesium, cacao also contains chromium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, and copper. See – chocolate isn’t bad for you! (when it’s the right kind, that is.)
Coconut: In this recipe, both coconut oil and coconut butter are used. Coconut contains high amounts of antioxidants and healthy fats that help lower cholesterol and boost metabolism. Coconut has antibacterial properties, and it is also low in sugar and high in fiber.
Maca: Maca root is very powerful due to high amounts of amino acids, vitamins, and enzymes. Maca helps regulate hormones, increase energy and reduce anxiety.
Sunwarrior Protein: I used the Chocolate Sunwarrior Warrior Blend protein in this recipe. This is a raw, plant-based protein with BCAA’s, Arginine, Lysine, and Leucine.