14 Nov 2011

like balls?

I must come up with a new name for these... but I can't think of anything catchy. Hemp spheres? Globes? If they were covered in coconut, I could just call them snowballs. Ah well, I'll think of something. For now, it's fun to see peoples' reactions when I offer them big ole chocolate hemp balls. They're really good though! And not too sweet.

My friend was going to Nanaimo for the weekend to visit her mysterious, grammar-obsessed lover; and she asked me if I could help her make something gluten free to give their family.
Since I couldn't use my sprouted flours or any of my more expensive ingredients since I was giving it away (yes... I am cheap), I took advantage of the sprouted buckwheat I had.

We used that for the base and added cocoa, hemp seeds, agave, cashews, peanuts, flax seeds, coconut oil and vanilla. Processed it all together and rolled 'em into balls. Then covered them in hemp seeds to make them pretty. The jury's out on whether or not the Nanaimo-ians liked them... but I think they're tasty. Perfect for a pre-workout snack, or just sustained raw energy in your busy day =)

raw energy hemp balls: makes 18 or so, I like big balls (sorry, couldn't resist)

1 1/2 cups sprouted buckwheat
1/2 cup cashews/peanuts
3 Tb maple syrup
1/3 cup raisins/dates
1 t vanilla extract
1 Tb coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup ground flax seeds & hemp seeds
3-4 Tb cocoa/cacoa 

Process buckwheat into rough flour, add all other ingredients and blend until you've a got a chocolatey dough. Add what else you want. Roll the dough into balls and roll those in hemp seeds until they're covered. Chill for 1 hour if they're not hard enough, or have them at room temperature. Enjoy!


Celi said...

Cant wait to try these!! Thanks!

Em von Euw said...

=) Mhmm they're a great snack. I LOVE HEMP!

Christina Flynn said...

These look amazing. Do you need to use sprouted buckwheat? And is it the flour or the groats you use for this? If it is the groats, do you need to rinse before using? (I buy in bulk from whole foods). Thanks Emily!

Em von Euw said...

Yep - groats =) They get turned into a rough flour when you make the recipe. Soaking them would be a good idea! Not 100% required though..

Anonymous said...

Can buckwheat groats be eaten raw or do you have to sprout them until there are little sprouts? In my country we've got easily accessbible groats for porridge but they're toasted. Do you think I could use those? Would not be very raw but healthy still.

Em von Euw said...

Yeah those toasted ones would work fine. I just use mine raw, but sometimes I'll soak them.