Unlike playing a lottery game such as Powerball, in which your odds of winning millions of dollars are slim to none, eating these Power Balls on a consistent basis will make you truly feel like a million bucks! These soft, sticky balls are too gooey to make good portable energy snacks; they are best eaten straight out of the refrigerator while still firm, chilled, and relatively dry.
These delightful treats are a good source of calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, healthful fats, natural sugars, protein, vitamins B and E, and fiber. Plus, the pungent, warming bite of gingerroot and Siberian ginseng increase circulation, while bee products — locally harvested, if possible — promote buzzing vigor.
Yields about 22 balls
- 1 cup raw almonds
- ½ cup crystallized gingerroot pieces
- ½ cup raw honey
- 2 tablespoons bee pollen
- 2 tablespoons Siberian ginseng root (eleuthero) powder
- Coconut oil, raw and unrefined
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut, finely shredded
- Grind the almonds to the consistency of a medium to fine meal in a food processor or nut and seed grinder.
- Dice the crystallized ginger into ¼-inch cubes.
- Transfer the almond meal and ginger to a medium bowl, and add the honey, pollen, and ginseng. Use your hands to mash all the ingredients together until a cohesive ball is formed. The dough will be very sticky.
- Wash and dry your hands after mixing, then oil them well with coconut oil. Pinch off pieces of dough and roll them into marble-size balls about 1¼ inches in diameter. Set aside on waxed paper.
- Put the shredded coconut in a shallow bowl, and roll each ball to coat. For the best flavor and consistency, allow the balls to set for 24 hours before eating. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator and consume within 2 or 3 weeks.