Eating too much sugary food is unthinkable for people who want to lose weight or wish to improve their health. This is because most conventional sweets nowadays have high amounts of fructose that’s responsible for weight gain and higher risks of chronic disease.
This isn’t the case for this Almond Butter Balls recipe by Naturally Savvy. Apart from being great snacks that you and your loved ones can eat at school or at work, they provide health benefits as well.
This recipe uses almond butter that has a great ratio of proteins to fats to fiber, making you feel full longer. The medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in the coconut oil also give your brain and body an energy boost, without raising your insulin levels.
Unfortunately, these Almond Butter Balls aren’t highly recommended for people who are insulin or leptin resistant, since the recipe uses raw honey or maple syrup, which may still be problematic if consumed excessively.
- 1 cup smooth, organic almond or other nut butters
- 2 Tbsp. Dr. Mercola’s coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
- 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp. Dr. Mercola’s raw honey or maple syrup
- 1¾ cups puffed millet or puffed brown rice cereal
- 2 Tbsp. Dr. Mercola’s raw honey — heated until liquid
- ¼ cup almond meal or finely chopped almonds
- 1 Tbsp. Dr. Mercola’s royal matcha green tea powder
- ¼ cup coconut flakes
- Combine coconut oil, honey, almond or nut butters, cacao powder, and cinnamon in a small pot.
- On medium heat, melt ingredients together. Remove from heat as soon as the mixture has melted together. Do not overheat or these will not work.
- Add millet to the mixture and stir to combine.
- Let the mixture cool for 15 minutes before rolling into the size of golf balls. Roll balls in honey and coat with a mixture of coconut flakes and matcha powder, or almond meal, if desired.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to five days, or make a big batch for the freezer.
A Bounty of Benefits With These Almond Butter Balls
Nut butters made from macadamias or pecans are popular choices for sandwiches and snacks because of their texture and taste. But if you’re looking for another alternative, why not try almond butter made from raw, organic almonds? Almonds are one of the healthiest nuts because their skins are rich in antioxidants such as phenols, flavonoids, and phenolic acids.
Your heart can benefit from almonds, as a study published in the journal Circulation found out. People who had high lipid levels significantly lowered their risk factors for coronary heart disease by snacking on whole almonds. Just remember to not overeat these nuts, since they have high amounts of protein at nearly 1 gram per almond.
Nowadays, coconut oil is gaining popularity as an oil suitable for cooking food, healing illnesses, and making your body look good. The MCFAs in coconut oil are easily digested, cross cell membranes readily, and immediately converted into energy instead of fat by the liver. Meanwhile, lauric acid, comprising 50 percent of the fat in the oil, is transformed into monolaurin that destroys lipid-coated viruses and protozoa.
Cinnamon is known for its distinct fragrance and sweet flavor, and you can actually reap health benefits from this spice. Cinnamon is abundant in manganese, accounting for 22 percent of its daily value. Manganese helps in metabolizing fat and carbohydrates, regulating blood sugar, and forming strong bones, connective tissues, and sex hormones. More so, cinnamon has anti-microbial properties, and enhances brain activity even if you smell it.
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Founded by two holistic nutritionists and a trusted expert on healthy living, Naturally Savvy’s main focus is to make sure its readers eat organic and whole foods, while learning how to integrate nutrition into their daily lives. The website shares the latest news on heathy living, lessons about the harmful ingredients lurking in various food items available today and other tips to make you and your family live a happy and healthy life.