21 September, 2011

Spiced Flax Balls

I think I can say this now as the ends seems to be near: We survived yet another Dubai summer with scorching heats and unbearable humidity. Every year I dread the summer. And every year it is over before I know. In those seven years that we have been living here, we surely learned how to deal with it. You never get used to the heat though. You rather accept the summer as a necessary evil that comes back every year.
Life has come back to town, everyone is back from their summer holidays, kids are back in school. Outdoor activities and events start again. Like my running season.

Tonight I am running my first race, a 5k run. A good distance to start the season. I'll be honest, my training runs in the the summer have hardly been that long. It was just too hot. I managed quite a few 25-minute runs at a very relaxed pace since August, but that doesn't quite prepare you for a 5k race. I haven't run a 5k race since 2006, so I wonder if I have improved ever since. Weather conditions were similar 5 years ago. The heat definitely influences the finishing times. The race starts at 8pm. At that time, we will probably have at least 35C/95F degrees outdoor temperature and I just hope for low humidity. So I am curious to see if I can do a PB tonight. 25min 05sec are to beat.

I have plans a running section on this blog for my race reports and any other running-related blurbs that may come to my mind. I just need a quite day or two to put it up.

Until then, I'd like to share my current favorite running fuel with you: the Spiced Flax Balls from Leanne's blog Healthful Pursuit. Power balls that I grab whenever I am on the run, either to work, the daily errands, before my training runs, or to satisfy my sweet tooth after dinner on the sofa. I usually keep them frozen, like Leanne suggested. I love it when they slowly thaw in my hands and in my mouth as I nibble them. Quite honestly, I am addicted to them and it's hard to believe they are actually full of goodness. That's how nice they are!
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SPICED FLAX BALLS

adapted from Healthful Pursuit

(Print Recipe)

1 cup whole almond
1/2 cup ground flax seeds

1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

1-2 tablespoons water

Yields 25-30
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Place almonds in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add remaining ingredients (without the water) and pulse a few times. Check if the mixture sticks together when pressing between two fingers. If not pulse again a few times. Check again. If it still doesn't stick add a tablespoon of water. Pulse again. Check stickiness. Repeat if necessary.
Once it sticks together, roll mixture into walnut-sized balls. Wrap in cling wrap and keep in fridge, or in the freezer for later use.

21 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you posted this...and I'm excited about the running section. You're such a good running force to know in the city, you inspire and intimidate me all at once! Can't wait to see you at the race tonight. :)

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  2. great photo - so nice to see a different perspective.

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  3. @ Sarah, I am glad you like it. I do too, BECAUSE it's different.

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  4. Love these! So delicious and naturally sweet - good luck with the race!

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  5. I know these must be good!! I am always in need of a burst of energy, following a toddler around.
    I don't know how you survive the Dubai summers. I spent a year in Iraq and couldn't believe the heat. Like nothing I had ever experienced.

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  6. Oh, I love these! I'm not sure it would be safe for me to have them around, though... I think I'd constantly be munching on one...

    25-30 balls would be gone in less than a day!

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  7. I really must get myself to the health food store, I can't find flax seed easily but these sound like a perfect snack/meal, esp since I'm living a healhty lifestyle.

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  8. yes, the heat is dragging on here too. ick.
    love your healthy and easy snack recipes!

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  9. @ Sonia
    I know what you mean. The solution might be to make them bigger, like golf ball size. I admit those small ones just pop into your mouth too easily and you lose count very quickly. I also keep mine at the back of the freezer, so they are not so easily accessible.

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  10. Love the presentation... looks like a healthy snack too, great photo :) by the way feel free to stop by my site for a free giveaway

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  11. I love raw vegan treats like these :) Thank you so much for sharing - look forward to seeing more yumminess like this :)

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  12. What a fun, healthy treat, perfect for fall!

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  13. Yum! I make some very similar to these but had never thought to freeze them! Must try :-) All the best with your run, funny timing actually as just today I went for my first run in over 10 years! I kid you not... it's wasn't all that fun ;-)

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  14. Those are cute! LOVE RAW BALLS!!!!! Could live on that stuff with Yerba Mate or Genmaicha tea and that's about it. Add in some chia pudding & kale chips and I am set set set!

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  15. I've been looking for a new snack to give me a little more energy and protein. These seem to fit the bill nicely, so thanks! :)

    - Megan
    http://EatSimpleEatFresh.blogspot.com

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  16. These are delicious! I made a big batch over the weekend and almost half are gone already - even my health food phobic father has taken a liking to them. Nice one X

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  17. Jemimah, never tell them it's healthy :-) Let the flavors speak!

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  18. they sound delicious. is there another dried fruit that could be substituted for apricots? like cranberries?

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    1. Cranberries will be good too, I am sure! Any dried fruit that you like will be good in this.

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