Energizing Heady Goo Balls

by on January 26, 2012

Hi and happy Thursday morning to you. I’m excited because I have the delicious little recipe I mentioned a few days ago to share with you today.

I said was going to go out and get the ingredients to make the goo balls asap and that’s exactly what I did.

Now I have a container of these babies waiting in the fridge for me at any given moment of the day. Perfection!

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A little background behind these balls – Chef Jesse (the demo specialist at my local Whole Foods) has been talking up his heady goo balls for a few weeks and it wasn’t until Monday of this week that I was finally able to experience them in all their glory. Yes, they are worthy of the word glory. :)

I’ve had different types of balls before (i.e. coconut protein balls) but none have been quite like these. Not only do they contain two of my favorite foods – chia seeds and oats, but they’re packed full of other nutrient dense ingredients as well including:

  • Cocoa Powder – High in magnesium and antioxidants.
  • Amazing Grass Trio of Barley, Wheat and Alfalfa Grass – Increases and sustains energy naturally, detoxifies and cleanses the body, high alkalinity helps balance acidic pH levels, strengthens immune system.
  • Raw Honey – Honey is said to be more digestible than any other sweetener. Because raw honey hasn’t been heated, it contains vitamins and enzymes that are lost during the heating process of pasteurized honey. It is also easier on the body during digestion because of its chemical structure and it does not cause a huge insulin rush as normal sugar does. Eating local honey is also said to help with seasonal allergies. <– Find more details on local honey and allergies here.
  • Bee Pollen – an energizing super food that’s considered a complete food, one that provides all of the 22 essential amino acids, minerals, vitamins, protein, carbohydrates, etc <–Learn more about bee pollen here.

We recently bought raw local honey and bee pollen at the Forest Hill Farmers Market so I had both of these items on hand. If you don’t already have them, they should be relatively easy to find at your local farmers market or organic market. The Amazing Grass and chia seeds can also be found at an organic market or online. With that said, don’t let not having one or two ingredients deter you from making the recipe – I’m a big advocate of experimenting with what you have on hand.

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As you can see, the goo balls will boost your energy and your immune system. They’re perfect for a pre or post workout snack, a small breakfast on the run or a mid-afternoon pick me up. And, don’t worry, the reason I like them isn’t only for the health benefits – they taste good too. They have a nice sweet flavor from the honey and dried fruit, a little crunch from the chia seeds and a hint of chocolate!! Enough talk – here’s the recipe so you can try them out for yourself.

Heady Goo Balls

Makes 25-27 balls depending on how big you make them.

Original recipe from Chef Jesse (who works at my local Whole Foods). The version I am posting here includes all the same ingredients, but is scaled down quite a bit. They can be made gluten free with the use of gluten free oats and vanilla.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
  • 1/8 cup Bee Pollen Granules
  • 1/4 cup Old-fashioned oats (use gluten free if you’re avoiding gluten)
  • 1/4 cup Unsulfered Dried Apricots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup Almond Butter, Crunchy Unsalted
  • 1/4 cup Organic Raw Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Organic Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2-1 Tablespoon Amazing Grass Trio
  • Shredded Unsweetened Coconut, for rolling

Preparation

  1. Place chia seeds, bee pollen, oats, cocoa powder, cinnamon and Amazing Grass into a food processor or mini chopper and process for 20-30 seconds or until oats are finely chopped.
  2. Add dates, apricots, almond butter, honey and vanilla extract and process until the mixture turns into a dough ball. Work “dough” with clean hands to make sure everything is well combined.
  3. Pinch off small amounts of the mixture (about 1.5 teaspoons full) and roll into balls. Roll balls in shredded coconut.
  4. Store in fridge.

I hope you like these balls as much as I do! I was going to do a full recap of the Whole Foods Cooking demo from Monday night but my camera died during the demo so I didn’t get photos of everything. Stephanie did a great job recapping it so just check her blog out for all the deliciousness. I liked everything on the menu and can’t wait to make the Warrior Breakfast, Vegetarian Pho and Salmon en Papillote at home.

I hope to be back before the end of the week with an update on the Eat Clean Challenge (officially there’s only 2 more days left!) and how Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer workouts are going. Have a great day.

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 26, 2012 at 7:14 am

Whenever anyone posts anything with “balls” in the title, my 12 yr old inner self has to practice all sorts of self control with my commenting.

In all seriousness though – these look great! I’ve never had raw honey before!

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Eating Bird Food January 26, 2012 at 8:36 am

I KNOW!! I don’t think having heady in the title really helps with the self control either. haha

Raw honey doesn’t always look as pretty/pure as the pasteurized stuff but it’s so creamy. I would describe it as “whipped”. Plus it’s so good for you because the vitamins and enzymes haven’t been destroyed by the heating process. :)

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This fit chick January 26, 2012 at 7:45 am

Love these balls! ^ agreed with Chelsey- brings out my 12 yr old self saying that :P

these look delicious!

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Lauren January 26, 2012 at 7:48 am

Always looking for a good ball recipe! THese look delicious although I’ve never heard of bee pollen granules or ever seen them.

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Lindsay @ biking before bed January 26, 2012 at 8:11 am

I agree with Chelsey’s comment:) I have been readin a bit on bee pollen lately and I would love to try this recipe that incorporates it!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 26, 2012 at 8:15 am

Love! It’s so cool bee pollen is in them :)

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LizAshlee January 26, 2012 at 8:26 am

Yay, thanks for sharing this recipe. I absolutely love recipes like this one!!! I will experiment with what I have on hand this weekend except I might get the bee pollen as I don’t have that one-I heard someone recommending to start in small doses of bee pollen to see how your body reacts? Have you heard this one?

Can’t wait to try these!!

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Eating Bird Food January 26, 2012 at 8:40 am

Yes, I have heard that as well – especially if you’re taking bee pollen supplements in capsule form.

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Kath January 26, 2012 at 8:33 am

These look great–I am definitely going to have to head to whole foods to pick up the ingredients so I can make them!

thanks for the snack! :)

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Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites January 26, 2012 at 10:49 am

why did chef Jesse call them “heady” balls…is that just such a dopey question or WHAT!? love your post and I cannot wait to make your recipe, Brittany! – jasper

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Eating Bird Food January 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Heady is a term used by many modern day hippies to describe anything that is cool or awesome. These balls are kind of hippie-ish so I can see why he called them that. :)

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Jasper @ crunchylittlebites January 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm

thank you for helping helpless little me get into the loop! yikes :D

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Allison January 26, 2012 at 10:50 am

These look delicious!! Do you happen to know the nutrition stats per serving?

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Eating Bird Food February 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

Hey Allison. I calculated the nutrition stats and added them to the post! They’re only 50 calories per ball. :)

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Sarah K. January 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

These looks so delish! A bit nervous about the bee pollen since I’ve never been stung and am prone to allergies… Maybe i’ll start with a few grains and see how I react.

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Eating Bird Food January 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm

That sounds like a good idea Sarah. I wouldn’t want the goo balls to cause an allergic reaction!

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Stephanie @cookinfanatic January 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Already can’t wait to make these heady goo balls… my leftover stash is about to be fully depleted as of today! Or as Sharon calls them, “goo head balls” hahaha.

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Andrea January 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Awesome! I’ve been wondering what to do with bee pollen, or how to use it. I’ll try your balls! Hahahaha :-)

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ali janine @ This Ninja Eats Broccoli January 27, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Perfect! I just ran out of my peanut butter balls and almond balls and was looking for something new, thanks for posting :)

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Maggie @ kitchie coo January 29, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Wow, what a creative and exciting recipe. I love that they are literally packed with nutrients and taste super good too. Thank you for sharing!

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Kate Schlag February 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm

These look like such a great snack – decadent but healthy at the same time! Where do you get Bee Pollen granules? Whole Foods?

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Eating Bird Food February 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I got my bee pollen at the Farmers Market from a bee keeper but most organic food stores like Whole Foods will carry it. :)

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GiGi Eats Celebrities February 13, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Goo-Balls. Thank goodness I don’t have a Valentine tomorrow. AHHHH HA HA HA! That just doesn’t sound appetizing… at all! LOL.

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Diane February 14, 2012 at 10:25 am

Do you know if these ingredients are allowed in the GAPS diet? Thanks.

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Eating Bird Food February 14, 2012 at 10:32 am

I’m not familiar with which foods are allowed on the GAPS diet. Sorry.

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Tammi March 25, 2012 at 2:06 am

Is the Amazing Grass Trio gluten free?

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Eating Bird Food March 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm

yes! :)

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Ali Schapiro April 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Hey Brittany! As much as I love to cook, I’m super busy in the middle of finals (and I don’t have a food processor). Any chance I could pay you for a big batch of these?

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Kate July 9, 2012 at 2:00 am

Hi there
The recipe looks amazing! BUT i do not live in the US and therefore cannot get the Amazing Grass Trio. Any ideas on what i can use as a substitute? I eat gluten and dairy free.
Thanks!
Kate

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Eating Bird Food July 9, 2012 at 7:24 am

You can simply leave the Amazing Grass out. But, if you can find another company that offers powdered greens you can use that too. Hope this helps!

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