Although it contains “sugar,” molasses also provides an impressive array of “healthy” goodies that give it a huge nutritional edge over other sweeteners. This bold and robust natural sweetener is chock full of health-boosting antioxidants and minerals. A single tablespoon provides over 35% of the daily value for manganese and copper and about 20% of the daily value for calcium, potassium and iron. In fact, I do not know of any other food that provides such a concentrated package of minerals. The healthiest type of molasses is the unsulphured Blackstrap variety.
Try one of my favorite desserts with molasses!
Makes 20 two-inch balls.
These delectable, ridiculously healthy goodies are just chock full of nutrients particularly beneficial for energy production at the cellular level, as well as for boosting blood flow.
1.5 cups oats
1 cup walnuts
I cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/8 cup each hemp and chia seeds
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/8 cup cocoa
1/4 cup coffee beans – freshly ground
1/8 cup almond butter( optional)
1 cup prunes
Three tablespoons blackstrap molasses
Oil spray for hands and pan sheet
1) If you prefer, grind the coffee beans before mixing them in with the other ingredients. You can do this in a grinder or blend the beans in the very same blender or food processor (usually a coffee grinder will make smoother grounds).
2) Place all remaining ingredients in your blender or food processor. Blend until thoroughly mixed – about 4 minutes. (The mixture will be smooth with some very small visible bits of oats).
3) Spray your clean palms with pan spray. Spoon about the size of a lime into your palm and roll into a ball with the use of your other palm. Place the ball onto a pan sprayed baking sheet. Repeat until all of mixture has been used. (You may have to clean and respray your palms about half way through if the mixture starts sticking to them excessively.)
4) Place the baking sheet into freezer to allow the balls to get firm. Once firm, place balls into a zippered plastic bag or container of your choice for easy storage in your FREEZER.
The energy balls are ready to eat whenever you are ready to be energized!