)I never really caved into the whole Bliss Ball/Power Ball movement when it first came about, but for some reason, I have recently become rather enamoured of these little balls of joy. Back in April, I made some Beauty-Boosting Balls and I used to make the girls some Nut-Free Brownie Balls when they were at school. This month I’ve been working on creating a little snack that can help me pull through what are essentially 15 hour daily shifts due to homeschooling and working because of having to shield. So, I came up with these awesome Ginseng and Goji Breakfast Balls. They aren’t just for breakfast but they will definitely keep you energised when you need to be.
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I’ve used the amazing Hybrid Herbs Panax Ginseng (taken from the Greek word ‘panacea’, meaning ‘cure-all’) in this recipe as an energy booster and to focus the mind. Hybrid Herbs take 8-year-old Chinese ginseng roots and finely mill them into a powder so you can throw them into all of your favourite things such as smoothies, coffee, energy balls, and much more. I didn’t know this but in traditional Chinese medicine, the root actually cannot be used until it has been matured for a minimum of 6 years. This is because the older the root, the higher medicinal properties it possesses as there is a higher concentration the active chemical compounds known as ginsenosides.
These Ginseng and Goji Breakfast Balls are packed with antioxidant-rich goji berries and Panax Ginseng to keep you energised and focused for the day ahead.
The main benefit you’re probably aware of when it comes to Panax Ginseng is its ability to boost energy. This is because it acts as an adaptogen, regulating the release of stress hormones such as cortisol and relieving fatigue. It is also thought to boost; immunity by stimulating white blood cell activity, mood and mental performance by preventing nerve cells from damage due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and heart health by lowering blood pressure and enhancing circulation by regulating blood lipids.
I’ve only ever taken Siberian Ginseng (a.k.a. eleuthero) before which is a totally different thing and has a very different taste (a lot more bitter than Panax)but does possess some similar properties when it comes to immunity and energy-boosting. Panax ginseng has a strange sort of earthy yet sweet taste – I guess like carrot with a hint of liquorice to it. But I also feel like it has a mild citrus edge going on. Or maybe I just imagined that. It is bitter but I found the bitterness to be palatable and rather mild so don’t panic people.
It’s worth noting that although Panax is pretty darn amazing that when you first start taking it you’ll want to take it in smaller doses than instructed as it will knock your socks off. If you add it to coffee in very tiny doses (1/8-1/4 teaspoon) you should be okay but even then you may find that you get heart palpitations so it’s best to dose very small and see how your body holds up. If you’re one to experience caffeine jitters normally you probably won’t want to bother as ginseng will speed up the rate at which your body processes caffeine. If you’re diabetic and using insulin to regulate please just be aware of the fact that ginseng actually decreases blood sugar levels and may not be a good idea for you to consume. Please always consult with a doctor first before taking any herbal remedies. For a full list of contraindications click here.
Anyway enough of my rambling on – check out the recipe below and remember if you’re strict Paleo you can switch out the porridge oats for more hemp hearts, any other kind of seed, or even desiccated coconut.
Looking for something else magical or vibrant to eat? Why not try my Beauty Balls with Tremella Mushroom, Fermented Unicorn Zebra Cheesecake, or Medicinal Mushroom Dalgona Coffee Lemonade. Oh, and if you want to keep up to date with my deliciousness then sign up for my newsletter and I’ll love you forever – who am I kidding? I already do!
- 175g medjool dates
- 65g goji berries
- 60g cashews
- 30g porridge oats (can be replaced with hemp hearts)
- 25g hemp hearts
- 10g Hybrid Herbs Ginseng Powder
- 1-2 tsp lemon or orange extract
- Place all ingredients in the bowl of your food processor. Pulse a few times before processing until the dough comes together and is fairly smooth. You will see a few small specs of cashew running through your dough but nothing too chunky.
- Portion into 10 equal pieces and roll into balls. Each ball will weigh roughly 38g. Store in an airtight container, lined with greaseproof paper, in the fridge or a cool dark place. Consume within 2 weeks of making.