Moringa delights me! The moringa tree is said to be one of the most nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich foods on our planet. Well worthy of our attention. It thrives where other plants fail and has been used traditionally in Asia, Africa, and South America to treat a myriad of different ailments for a long time. For those of us who don’t live in tropical or subtropical regions with a moringa tree sprouting up in the local village square, can instead, easily get it in powdered form.

Moringa is a powerful nutritious gem, so I’ve decided to find different ways to weave the leaf powder into my cuisine. I’m pleased to share my Moringa Energy Ball ideas below.

Moringa leaf powder (which is a concentrated form of the fresh leaves) has been shown to contain:

    • 46 types of antioxidants
    • 18 amino acids
    • 10 times the vitamin A of carrots
    • 15 times the potassium of bananas
    • 17 times the calcium of cows milk
    • 25 times the iron of spinach

Moringa Energy Balls - 3 Ways. Seeds, ginger, raisins, dates, cashew, walnut, hemp seed. Gluten-free, vegan by Anastasia Kind Earth

In this article, I am going to share THREE different and delicious ways that you can make energy balls with Moringa Leaf Powder.

I’ve partnered with PURA VIDA MORINGA – who produce the moringa products that I am thoroughly enjoying at the moment. I love that their product is organic and ethical. Their business was born from compassion and a desire to bring pure, ethical moringa products to the world. They harvest from a farm in the foothills of Nicaragua, whilst ensuring the highest quality product. You can check them out here: MoringaPowder.com

Moringa Energy Balls – 3 Different Ways

Three ways, because we are unique and like something different. There are a multitude of different ways that you make energy balls. You can follow the recipes below, but I’d also like you to be inspired so that you can play, explore, get creative and come up with your own versions.

Here we go (scroll for recipes below)…

  1. Moringa Energy Balls #1 “Seed & Ginger Style”
  2. Moringa Energy Balls #2 “Cashew & Maple Style”
  3. Moringa Energy Balls #3 “Moringa & Matcha High Energy Style

1. Seed & Ginger Style Moringa Energy Balls

I’ve included this super healthy energy ball as an example of a highly nutritious and energizing treat, ideal for sharing, nibbling on or taking with you when going off hiking in nature.

Moringa Energy Balls - 3 Ways. Seeds, ginger, raisins, dates, cashew, walnut, hemp seed. Gluten-free, vegan by Anastasia Kind Earth

Moringa Energy Balls - Seed & Ginger Style

Yield: 20 balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Super healthy seed and ginger inspired moringa leaf powder energy balls. Raisins to naturally sweeten.

Ingredients

  • 1 heaped tablespoon moringa leaf powder
  • 150g (1 cup) mixed seeds (pumpkin seed, sunflower seed, hemp seed and flax seed)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 100g (⅔ cup) raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Grind seeds along with the moringa powder and cinnamon in a food processor until you get a coarse meal.
  2. Add the raisins and vanilla extract and the process until everything clumps together.
  3. Roll into balls.
  4. Either serve immediately or pop into the fridge. They will keep (in a sealed container) in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
  5. You can also freeze these to increase their longevity for several months (they are edible immediately from frozen).

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2. Cashew & Maple Style Moringa Energy Balls

This is a super easy method. You can also use pre-ground almonds instead of cashews. No blender or food processor is required. Only 3 ingredients. Delicious.

Moringa Energy Balls - 3 Ways. Seeds, ginger, raisins, dates, cashew, walnut, hemp seed. Gluten-free, vegan by Anastasia Kind Earth

Moringa Energy Balls - Cashew and Maple Style (3 ingredients)

Yield: 12 balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

An easy decadent moringa energy ball using ground cashews and maple syrup. Only 3 ingredients. You can also use pre-ground almonds as an alternative.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Grind your cashews ahead of time. Alternatively, buy pre-ground cashews OR almonds.
  2. Place ground cashews in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the moringa leaf powder.
  4. Add the maple syrup.
  5. Mix together. It helps to use a downward pressing motion with the back of a spoon and then finish off using your hands.
  6. Once fully squidged together, roll into balls.
  7. Serve immediately or put in a container and keep in the fridge or freezer until required.
  8. These moringa energy balls will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks or in the freezer for several months.
  9. Enjoy!

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3. High Energy Moringa & Matcha Style Energy Balls

Moringa Energy Balls - 3 Ways. Seeds, ginger, raisins, dates, cashew, walnut, hemp seed. Gluten-free, vegan by Anastasia Kind Earth

I designed these energy balls for the mountain trail! They are loaded with antioxidants to help support recovery when enduring intensive activity. Adding in the organic matcha powder (which is one of the most conscious, healthiest and most balanced forms of caffeine available) helps give an extra boost when doing a demanding activity. I brought a batch with me when hiking in Snowdonia National Park a few days ago. The hike pushed me with its steep elevation, rock scrambling, whilst going through the elements (including snow and wind-chill minus -15C temperatures at the summit).

I felt incredibly thankful and energized to have my Moringa & Matcha Energy balls with me, I must say!

“Anastasia’s hike in the mountains (with moringa energy balls to go)”

Moringa Energy Balls - 3 Ways. Seeds, ginger, raisins, dates, cashew, walnut, hemp seed. Gluten-free, vegan by Anastasia Kind Earth

Moringa Energy Balls - Moringa and Matcha High Energy Style

Yield: 20 balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A superfood energy ball using moringa leaf powder and matcha. Super high anti-oxidant green leaves. Excellent for hiking or on the trail. Gluten-free and vegan, sweetened with dates and using walnuts and hempseeds. Highly nutritious, sweet and bitter, specially designed as a hiking energy sustenance food or for other demanding fitness activities.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. You have two options with the matcha powder. Either add it in for blending right at the start, or keep it out and use for rolling at the end.
  2. If your dates are really firm, then soak them for half an hour ahead of time. If you can already squish them between your thumb and finger, then just use them as they are.
  3. Grind the walnuts and hemp seeds along with the moringa powder (and matcha, if adding at this stage) in a food processor until you get a coarse meal.
  4. Add the dates and vanilla extract.
  5. Blend in the food processor until everything combines.
  6. Roll into energy balls.
  7. Pop in the fridge or freezer or serve immediately.
  8. They keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge or several months in the freezer.
  9. If rolling in the matcha powder, they will stay green for several hours, after which the green usually absorbs fully into the ball and makes them look like a dark chocolate colour.

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Health benefits of Moringa Leaf Powder

Moringa has the following benefits…

  • is an antioxidant superstar
  • is a complete plant-protein food with all essential amino acids
  • has extraordinary cytokinin levels to delay the aging process
  • has good lutein protection for healthy eyes
  • can reduce blood pressure with beta-sitosterol
  • offers antibacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-viral action

… and a whole bunch of other stuff!
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Moringa Energy Balls - 3 Ways. Seeds, ginger, raisins, dates, cashew, walnut, hemp seed. Gluten-free, vegan by Anastasia Kind Earth

Resources:

Pura Vida Moringa: https://www.moringapowder.com

Research documents on moringa studies from PubMed:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=moringa%20oleifera

Nutrient content of moringa:
http://miracletrees.org/moringa-doc/nutrient-content-of-moringa-oleifera…

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