Strolling through my local whole foods store, Mama Jeans Natural Market (love that place!) I noticed a fairly plain looking, laminated piece of paper that said “Superfruit.” Immediately, my interest was peaked. Below the sheet of paper was a stack of small plastic cups about half full of a yellow-ish powder with a really weird name I had never seen…Baobab Fruit Powder.  The kids were waiting in the car with Justin, so I didn’t have time to really look it over, I just stuck it my basket and headed to the register. Now that I’ve had time to really look into it, I am so happy with my impulse buy. Good work Mama Jeans, your sneaky tactics worked on me. 

So what is it? Baobab is a fruit that grows on a South African baobab tree (go figure!).  The powdery pulp inside the fruit is said to contain very high amounts of vitamin C, more calcium than milk, packed with B vitamins, and is an excellent source of magnesium, iron, phosphorous, and antioxidants. It has a slightly tart flavor, but nothing over-powering. You can mix it with water or juice for refreshing lemonade-like drink, stir a spoonful into your yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies or baked goods. The possibilities are pretty much endless. 

Baobab Fruit Powder

So what does this have to do with protein balls?

Searching through Pinterest (follow me!) the other day, I was inspired by a photo of some gorgeous protein balls. I never thought I would consider protein balls “gorgeous”, but the photo really was amazing….I wanted to eat my screen!  Anyhow, I decided I had to come up with a recipe of my own so I wouldn’t have to resort to such measures. I was shooting for a low-carb, pre-workout snack, but ended up with a fiber-packed, super-ball that really hits the spot post-workout. And, it was a really easy way to incorporate my new find…the baobab fruit  powder.

Superfood Protein Balls
Yields 22
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Blanched Almond Meal
  2. 1/2 cup Almond Butter
  3. 2 scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
  4. 1/4 cup Sesame Seeds
  5. 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
  6. 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder, unsweetened
  7. 1/4 cup Baobab Fruit Powder (optional)
  8. 1/4 cup dried Goji Berries, soaked in water
  9. 1/4 cup Honey
  10. 1 T Pure Vanilla Extract
  11. 1 T Coconut Oil
  12. Zest of 1 Orange
  13. 1/4 cup Water
  14. 1/2 t ground Cardamom (or Cinnamon)
  15. 1/2 t Celtic Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Soak Goji Berries in the water until re-hydrated, about (10 - 15 minutes)
  2. Meanwhile, place all the other ingredients in a food processor
  3. Remove Goji berries from water, but do NOT discard the water!
  4. Add Goji berries to the food processor and process until well combined
  5. Add the leftover Goji water as needed to make "dough" sticky enough to form into balls.
Notes
  1. Gently toss the balls in ground nuts, coconut flakes, cocoa, or seeds of your choice for a little extra fun!
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If you don’t have the luxury of a whole foods market nearby, you can always go to Amazon.com to find some baobab fruit powder. It can seem a bit pricey, but a little bit goes a long way. If you are using it to mix into a drink or smoothie for instance, 1 – 4 teaspoons (4 – 16 grams) should do you just fine. If you’re still not convinced, the recipe will work without the baobab powder and will still be super nutritious and yummy, but won’t be as fun to make of course! Enjoy!

Serving Size: 1 Ball | Calories 130 | Carbs 10g | Protein 7g | Fat 8g | Sugar 5g | Fiber 4g
If you absolutely must leave out the Baobab Fruit Powder, this recipe is still “super.” Goji Berries and Chia seeds are very well know for their superfoodiness…so eat up!
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