Camping recipe – Hikers energy balls

Camping recipe – Hikers energy balls

Camping recipe – Hikers energy balls – gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, soy free, clean, vegan, vegetarian, raw and paleo friendly.

 

Good morning and welcome to my newly updated website. I hope you like it.

I have another camping recipe for you – Hikers energy balls.

My love of camping started off with cozy car camping (ie car is within a few meters of camping site and bursting at the seams with whatever you can fit into it). It’s not what you’d call “glamping” as such nor is it roughing it to the extreme either. It’s highly convenient and amount or weight of items doesn’t matter.
So I set about purchasing car camping friendly items including a regular polyester filled sleeping bag in which a 2nd sleeping bag can be inserted into once the temperature drops (recommended by the camping store salesman after questioning whether I was hiking camping or car camping). This is based on polyester (as opposed to down) is heavier to carry and not as warm hence. Along with my trusty every day pillow, bottles and bottles of water plus household pans, I was all set.

So the day my camping buddy announced we’d be hiking camping in future, I had to re-think my whole camping repertoire. Unwilling to purchase a down sleeping bag at some jaw-shattering price I had to play it smart. The answer? Purchase a moderately priced down jacket that keeps me warm daily during Winter and serves to keep me toasty warm in my single sleeping bag at night.
But it doesn’t stop there. I have to buy a backpack that can comfortably carry all my camping gear, and then there’s special pillows and water bottles vs water bladders and bringing food light enough to carry. What cutlery to bring? Should I bring reusable mugs, plates etc or light, throwaway (environmentally friendly) plates but then have to carry a rubbish bag as well on the way back……Oh it’s enough to tire anyone out.

Speaking of tiring, these hikers energy balls help combat hiking fatigue – or perhaps thinking-about-hiking-camping fatigue which I seem to be afflicted with now. Sigh….

Packed with brain and body loving ingredients, these hikers energy balls will satisfy your hunger and help relieve mental fatigue. Much healthier than snacking on a refined sugar/empty carb-loaded muesli bar or sweet treat. Just pop a few in your mouth as you’re trekking through the forest. Also great with a cup of tea and a lie sit down. They have a soft, mellow flavour and aren’t overly sweet so you may wish to add more dates.. They were the perfect sweetness for me however.

Also – remember to drink plenty of water as this helps fight fatigue as well.

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Here’s a quick overview on what to do

 

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Place all ingredients in a food processor
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Blitz till mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Pinch mixture between thumb and forefinger. If it sticks together it’s ready.
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Scoop out 1 tablespoon of mixture and roll into balls.
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Optional: Roll/push mixture into shredded coconut. If you use extra dates, this will be easier to do as mixture will be a little stickier.

 

Why this is so good for you

 

Walnuts reduce blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart attack, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk of prostate and breast cancer, help regulate sleep, reduce inflammation in the body, improve sperm quality and mobility, enhance memory and cognitive and motor functioning.

Raw cacao powder (pronounced ka-kow) is full of antioxidants and protects against the ravages of aging and cancer, improves digestion, gives energy, improves mood, lowers blood pressure and increases circulation.

Dates give energy, help protect against age-related deterioration of eyesight, help maintain healthy skin and mucus membranes, help relieve constipation, reduce risk of colon cancer, colitis and hemorrhoids, help reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and reduce blood pressure.

Pepita (pumpkin) seeds promote healthy bowel function, reduce risk of heart attack and stroke, strengthen the immune system, lower risk of depression, support prostate health, help promote a restful night’s sleep and help reduce arthritic inflammation.

Chia seeds are good for healthy hair, skin and nails, regulate bowel function, protect the body from aging and cancer, regulate insulin levels, prevent hypertension and help detoxify the body.

Cashews reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, help prevent gallstones, help prevent age-related deterioration of eyesight, reduce the risk of colon cancer, increase immunity and reduce the risk of stroke.

Coconut speeds up metabolism, reduces the risk of heart disease, reduces the risk of diabetes, improves digestion, increases immune strength, is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic, prevents osteoporosis, prevents stroke and helps prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Sesame seeds protect the liver, help relieve rheumatoid arthritis, lower blood pressure, help prevent colon cancer, improve bone health and strengthen the immune system.

Himalayan salt contains all of the 84 elements found in your body. It is anti aging, increases hydration, promotes blood sugar health, prevents muscle cramping, strengthens bones, lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, helps expel toxins from the body,  helps reduce acid reflux and helps the intestines absorb nutrients.

 

I hope you enjoy.

Love, Tash xx

 

Camping recipe – Hikers energy balls

* If mixture won't stick when you pinch it, add a little more water and blitz again.

Ingredients

  • 12 medjool dates (about 1 cup packed)
  • 3/4 cup cashews (or almonds)
  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut + extra for rolling balls in (optional)
  • 1/2 cup pepita (pumpkin) seeds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine pink Himalayan salt

Instructions

  1. Soak dates in just boiled water for 10 - 15 minutes or until softened. Drain, remove pits.
  2. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blitz until resembling fine breadcrumbs and mixture sticks when pinched between thumb and forefinger. Taste. If not sweet enough add a few more dates and re-blitz.
  3. Using a measuring spoon, measure out tablespoon quantities of mixture. Roll into balls and then into the optional extra shredded coconut.
  4. Chill.
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