Monday, 27 June 2011
Spirulina was the latest 'health food' when I came across these balls twenty years ago. They were made by the wonderful Helen and were famous in health food shop circles around Byron Shire. She inspired me to make my own version of spirulina balls. I have not met anyone who doesn't like them. When I first met a good friend of mine, Peter, I offered him a plate of the little green balls and he said, 'I don't eat 'green things' but then after eating a couple he said I really like those spirulina balls!' Now whenever he comes to visit,
I make 'those little green balls' for him. Apparently it's the only green food he'll eat!
These balls are a great way to introduce people to spirulina. Spirulina is fabulous for general health and well being. It is high in protein, contains eight essential amino acids (as well as other non-essential amino acids). It is full of minerals like potassium, calcium, zinc magnesium, manganese, selenium, iron and phosphorous. The list goes on and on, it really is a superfood!
What I love about these balls is that they are sweet but not too sweet. They are a great little treats for young children too. I guess it's my healthy but delicious angle again but why eat healthy food unless it tastes great?
2 tsp spirulina (add more once you fall in love with the taste!)
4 medium size bananas (or 8-10 lady's fingers), ripe but not over-ripe
1 1/2 cups desiccated coconut (approx. 1/2 cup for rolling balls in)
1 1/2 cups sunflower seeds
1/4 cup currants
1/4 maple syrup *omit if your not a sweet tooth
Grind the sunflower seeds into a fine meal in a food processor. Then add the banana and blend until it has mixed in with the sunflower seed meal. Add the rest of the ingredients except the currants and blend into stiff balls. Depending on the size of the bananas you may find the mixture is a little wet. In this case, simply add more desiccated coconut to stiffen the mix. Hand mix in the currents and place in the fridge for approx. 30 mins to allow mixture firm up. Then roll into large lime-sized balls using a 1/4 cup measure to create unified balls size. Roll in desiccated coconut to finish.
Chill in the fridge for minimum of one hour. They are best if left for a couple of hours or overnight but who can wait that long!