Black Garlic Energy Balls

Savory, gut healing, energy balls with fermented garlic, activated nuts and healthy seeds!

I’ve told you guys that recently I have been OBSESSED WITH fermented garlic (AKA black garlic).

Black garlic is just regular garlic that has been fermented over time at a high temperature under high humidity. This aging process is what turns the cloves black, and it’s also what causes them to become sweeter in taste and more jelly-like and chewy in consistency than typical garlic.

As you might be aware, garlic in general boasts several health benefits. Garlic can boost your immunity, work as an anti-inflammatory food, improve heart health, and give you better-looking hair and skin. But many folks may be turned off by a common “side effect” of eating the healthy food: bad breath. To make matters worse, some people may also experience indigestion after eating garlic. That’s where black garlic enters to save the day! The aging process of black garlic actually rids the bulb of its pungent and irritating properties. In addition to being easier to digest, black garlic also boasts higher antioxidant properties than traditional fresh garlic. On top of that, black garlic has shown a wide variety of other biological functions, such as anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity, anti-diabetic, and cardio-protective effects. No wonder why black garlic is being marketed as a “functional food” — it has so many positive functions!

After my Truffle Tagliolini in Black Garlic Sauce,  today I show you how I used black garlic in an easy and healthy energy ball recipe.
These little snack are slightly sweet, soft and flavorful. A bit of a “crunch” is given by the raw chia seeds and hemp seeds.

Ingredients (makes about 12 balls):

  • 1/2 cup activated almonds
  • 1/2 cup activated cashew nuts
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp gre3n coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 tsp Himalaya salt
  • 1 scoop hemp protein powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp coconut syrup
  • 2 heads of black garlic

Place all the ingredients into a food processor

and process until a smooth paste forms

Roll the dough into balls. You can coat the balls into chia or hemp seeds if you fancy!

Store into your fridge and pick one (or two) when needed!

Love

-Dani

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An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.