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Raw cacao & ginger balls

These delicious high-fibre balls will satisfy chocolate cravings and help to calm the digestive system. Macadamia nuts and linseeds have been chosen for this recipe as they are great sources of healthy fats.

  • DF Dairy free
  • GF Gluten free
  • Ve Vegan
  • VG Vegetarian
  • S Sweet
  • S/S Sides/Snacks
  • HH Heart-healthy
  • GUT Gut-healthy
  • Prep time 20 mins
  • Serves 20
  • Difficulty easy
19img recipe raw cacao ginger balls

Method

  1. In a food processor, add nuts and dried fruit. Process until the mix resembles a coarse breadcrumb-like texture.
  2. Add cacao and ground linseeds, process until combined.
  3. Roll heaped teaspoons of the mix into balls, then roll in coconut to coat.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Nutritional information

By Jean Hailes naturopath and herbalist Sandra Villella

One way to reduce inflammation is with diet, particularly omega-3 fatty acids.

Rich sources include fish, as well as linseeds/flaxseeds and walnuts. Ideally aim for 3 serves of oily fish per week, such as sardines and salmon.

We also need to avoid the fats and oils that encourage inflammation – the omega-6 fatty acids (found in safflower oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil and many vegetable oil blends), and replace them with oils that are rich in monounsaturates, which have a neutral effect on inflammation.

By reducing the levels of omega-6 linoleic acids, it also allows the body to use the healthy omega-3 fatty acids more efficiently.

Macadamia nuts and linseeds have been chosen for this recipe as they are great sources of healthy oils. Macadamia oil is the highest in monounsaturates and lowest in omega-6 polyunsaturates. Linseeds and flaxseed oil, is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, are also low in omega-6 polyunsaturates.

The other oil to remember of course is olive oil, which is rich in monounsaturates and low in omega-6, so it's great for salads and cooking.