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Eat Well Apr. 19. 2013
Snacks

Spirulina Energy Globes

Apr. 19. 2013
Snacks
McKel Hill

McKel Hill

MS, RDN, LDN, Dietitian

These little “globes” are packed with nutrients to keep you fueled and energized throughout the day.

Spirulina Energy Globes are something I’ve been making for years, yet they went unnamed for quite some time. These little “globes” are packed with nutrients, especially minerals to keep you fueled and energized throughout the day…enough to plant some trees for Earth Day, right? Right! To celebrate Earth Day, which is Monday April 22nd, I thought I would fuse together the ingredient of the week, spirulina into my favorite quick snack, a variation of energy balls (at least, that’s what I like to refer them too). They’re basically my take on a homemade Larabar, which is a popular nut and dried fruit bar, only with a boost of nutrients and protein.

Spirulina Energy Globes is a great way to first introduce spirulina to most people, it’s an uncommon food wrapped into something very common and delicious, a truffle! Spirulina is naturally blue-green in color which created a beautiful deep teal color when mixed with dates, nuts, and cocoa powder– it’s also a great way to “disguise” this blue-green algae for the little ones or anyone else who has an aversion to greens! They’re chewy, sweet, and rich in flavor and in plant-based protein.

Nutrition in Spirulina Energy Globes |

  • Vitamins | A, E, rich in B vitamins 
  • Minerals | almost all ingredients are “good” sources (containing 10-19% of the daily value), if not “great” sources (>20% of the daily value) of the following minerals.
    • Iron
    • Zinc
    • Potassium
    • Copper
    • Phosphorus
    • Magnesium
    • Manganese
    • Calcium
    • Selenium
  • Antioxidants | from each ingredient!
  • Fiber | contains both soluble and insoluble from all ingredients, especially the flax seeds and dried fruits
  • Healthy fats | omega-3 and omega-6 from the nuts, seeds, almond butter, raw cocoa powder, and shredded coconut
  • Protein | contains all essential amino acids from nuts, seeds, almond butter, and of course the mighty spirulina powder

 

I love how portable these “globes” are, typically I’ll take them with me in little snack size bags or in a small tupperware container for a quick snack on the go. They’re also great to enjoy with a little almond milk for a not-so-sweet dessert. These energy “globes” are more of a snack, as mentioned above, than a dessert. If you would like to make this recipe more sweet, I suggest adding stevia or even a little local honey. This is a simple recipe (I’m all about keeping it simple), and feel free to replace nuts/seeds or dried fruit with ones you prefer, experiment and have fun!

TIP // if you have an allergy to any particular nut/seed or the coconut in this recipe you can easily substitute it for a different type of nut or seed. The coconut can be completely eliminated if needed or if you just don’t enjoy coconut… I happen to have a huge crush on coconut and try to put it in any recipe I can!

 

Spirulina Energy Globes
Recipe Type: snack, dessert
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 24 globes
A protein packed portable snack or dessert using energizing foods such as nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and spirulina.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic raw almonds
  • 1 cup organic dates, soaked (keep 3-4 Tbs. of the water you soaked the dates in)
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup pistachio nuts
  • 1/4 cup organic raw almond butter
  • 2 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 2 heaping tablespoons raw cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut into the mixture (have 2-3 tablespoons for rolling)
  • 1 tablespoon organic spirulina
  • 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt (or other sea salt varieties)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine all the nuts and seeds in a food processor or high speed blender to pulse until broken down (you can choose to leave some chunks or pulse until fine).
  2. Pour the processed almonds, pistachios, and flax seed into a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a high speed blender or food processor, combine softened dates and apricots.
  4. Add the nut/seed mixture with the dates/apricots into the blender.
  5. Combine until the mixture resembles a sticky, thick “batter”.
  6. Place the combined mixture into a large mixing bowl and fold the remaining ingredients manually (that’s right, get those hands messy…really messy!)
  7. Place the “batter” into the freezer for about 10 minutes or until cooled.
  8. Take a Tbs. or a small ice-cream scooper to measure the batter.
  9. Gently roll the Tbs. of “batter” into your hands until a small ball forms.
  10. Once you have formed all the “batter” into small balls, you may roll them into the 2-3 Tbs. of shredded coconut (this is optional)
  11. Store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days OR you may keep them in the freezer and grab and go for a quick snack.
  12. Enjoy!
Serving size: 1 globe Calories: 115 Fat: 7 Carbohydrates: 11 Sugar: 8 Fiber: 3 Protein: 3
Notes
Since this recipe is fun to make (a.k.a. your hands will get messy!), this is a great recipe to share and make with your kids.

I hope you enjoy these little globe snacks as much as I do, I had a taste test with a group of lovely ladies and I received an official stamp of approval! Comment below if you replaced any nut/seeds/other ingredient with something you preferred, I’d love to hear how they turned out! I wish you all a wonderful day and give a loving reminder to treat this place we call home well and be kind to one another.

Happy Earth Day lovelies!

xo McKel

The Recipe

Serves 24 globes

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic raw almonds
  • 1 cup organic dates, soaked (keep 3-4 Tbs. of the water you soaked the dates in)
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup pistachio nuts
  • 1/4 cup organic raw almond butter
  • 2 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 2 heaping tablespoons raw cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut into the mixture (have 2-3 tablespoons for rolling)
  • 1 tablespoon organic spirulina
  • 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt (or other sea salt varieties)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Combine all the nuts and seeds in a food processor or high speed blender to pulse until broken down (you can choose to leave some chunks or pulse until fine).
  2. Pour the processed almonds, pistachios, and flax seed into a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a high speed blender or food processor, combine softened dates and apricots.
  4. Add the nut/seed mixture with the dates/apricots into the blender.
  5. Combine until the mixture resembles a sticky, thick “batter”.
  6. Place the combined mixture into a large mixing bowl and fold the remaining ingredients manually (that’s right, get those hands messy…really messy!)
  7. Place the “batter” into the freezer for about 10 minutes or until cooled.
  8. Take a Tbs. or a small ice-cream scooper to measure the batter.
  9. Gently roll the Tbs. of “batter” into your hands until a small ball forms.
  10. Once you have formed all the “batter” into small balls, you may roll them into the 2-3 Tbs. of shredded coconut (this is optional)
  11. Store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days OR you may keep them in the freezer and grab and go for a quick snack.
  12. Enjoy!

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  • WOW !! These are some nice-looking treats! I wouldn’t imagine that they would also be so nutritious!!

    • Thank you! They’re very healthy and tasty, hope you try them! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Lindsay

    I found this recipe when searching for what to make with my newly acquired spirulina powder and made these last night. AMAZING! Seriously, so delicious. And fun to make! The only substitution I made was walnuts instead of pistachios. Looking forward to making more of your recipes…

    • So glad you enjoyed them Linsday- what a great way to use spirulina! You should also try my Tidal Wave smoothie! xx mh

  • Boleslaw Borecki

    I searched the net to find recipes for the Spirulina powder I picked up at my local Whole foods. Found your site. Decided to do the ‘globes’. Did modify the recipe. I added a quarter cup of raw cacau beans, quarter cup of chia seeds, quarter cup of HEMP seeds, a quarter cup of dark brown sugar, a quarter cup of dark AGAVE molasses and a tablespoon of pure chocolate powder. Also I raised the amount of almond butter to half a cup, and raised the amount of Spirulina to half a cup. Taste testing along the way, and, half a cup of spirulina is not too much. I think I’ll go for 3/4 cup the next time. BTW- made 50 globes: globes!

  • Beautiful recipe! I switched pumpkin seeds for the pistachios, the almonds for half almonds and half walnuts, and the almond butter for homeade nut butter! I added a little bit of macadamia nut oil as my nut butter is a little drier than one purchased at the store, but hey turned out great!

  • Jessica

    Oh…my gosh. These are outstanding! As I was making them, I have to admit that I was kinda dreading the cleanup, but after tasting one, I feel like next time I need to make a double batch!!! Question: if I take these on the plane with me, how long do you think they will last not being refridgedated? Also, you said in the directions to keep some of the water from the apricot/figs….what do you use this for? I just stuck it in my fridge, but I was wondering if you had a particular use for it?? Thanks for this awesome recipe!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed them! Water: only keep that water aside if you needed a little extra to add to the mixture, if not you can discard it. Planes: I’ve easily kept these for an entire day and they were absolutely fine! If you have a cool lunch box that would be optimal. xx

  • Have just made an adapted version of these little globes! They’re delicious! Lovely blog 🙂

  • Hey McKel!

    Is there any way to eliminate the nuts and sub in something else for this recipe? I really want to make these but nuts bother my stomach.

  • Emily

    I made these, but didn’t have the apricots or coconut. I doubled the recipe, but replaced the almond butter with organic peanut butter instead and instead of using two cups of raw almonds, I used one cup of raw almonds and one cup of raw cashews. I also added chlorella (2 servings) I found that the mixture was (VERY) dry, but I threw in some honey, more peanut butter & a little coconut oil and voila! Perfect! I also threw in some goji berries at the end to half the mix. They’re delicious and very filling! Thanks for posting this!

    • Thanks for sharing Emily! You made your own recipe there huh? So glad you enjoyed it! 😉

  • Ruth

    Oh my gosh, these are delicious! Spirulina isn’t exactly pleasing to the palate but mixed with all of the other flavors incorporated, it tastes phenomenal! Thank you so much for the recipe! And i just love how cute the “globes” are. ???? I am definitely saving this recipe for future use! The only thing i didn’t add was the apricots but thats because i couldn’t find them at the store, and i also substituted the flax for chia seeds.

    • McKel Hill

      So glad you liked these Ruth! That’s the trick with spirulina, mixing it with chocolate or vanilla always does the trick 😉

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