This is a great little snack to have on hand in the fridge when you need something to nibble on to give you a boost – and they only need four ingredients to whip up.
Spirulina, a type of algae, is packed with protein, essential fatty acids and B vitamins – find it online or in supermarkets
• 250g pitted dates
• 250g raw walnuts
• 3 teaspoons spirulina powder
• desiccated coconut, to coat
1 Put the dates, walnuts and spirulina into a food processor, and process at full speed until a stiff paste forms.
2 Sprinkle the desiccated coconut on a plate and have another clean plate handy.
3 Processing the ingredients at high speed will have squeezed the oil from the walnuts, so the paste will be very oily.
4 Break off thumb-sized pieces of paste, roll them into balls, then roll in the desiccated coconut. Place the coated balls on a clean plate.
5 Once all the paste has been rolled into balls, place in the fridge for several hours, which will make them firmer and give them a fantastic chewy texture.
Recipe courtesy of Dale Pinnock, extracted from The Medicinal Chef. Photography @ Martin Poole.