Lucky for me (and you), nuts are healthy. Yes, they're high in calories and fat and they should be consumed in moderation. But they contain the good kind of fat - the kind that is helpful to your heart (unsaturated fats + omega-3 fatty acids).
Today's recipe for pecan-hemp balls provides a delicious boost of healthy fats and dietary fiber. Pecans, hemp seeds, flaxseeds and wheat germ are all united into this one powerful snack. Savour, guilt-free!
P.S. More guilt-free treats.
- 1 1/2 cups pecans
- 1/2 cup wheat germ (use quick oats if gluten-intolerant)
- 1 tbsp flaxseeds
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds + 1/4 cup for rolling
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup apple butter
- 1 tsp flaxseed oil
Measure the pecans, wheat germ, flaxseeds, 1 tbsp hemp seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt into the bowl of a food processor.
Process until you get a crumbly mixture.
Transfer the pecan mixture to a medium bowl. Add the apple butter and the flaxseed oil. Stir well to combine.
With clean hands (and a cookie scoop, if you wish), roll the mixture into even-sized balls.
Measure 1/4 cup of hemp seeds into a shallow bowl.
One by one, roll each ball into the seeds to coat them. Voila!
Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator, as you like. Either way, these pecan-hemp balls won't last very long!
Yields 16 balls.
Recipe adapted from Delicious Living.