Mental Energy Balls

This recipe for Mental Energy Balls is loaded with some of my favorite herbs for mental focus and stamina. These Mental Energy Ball are not only delicious, they are also a vegan, gluten-free snack that will help you power through long hard days and your most challenging mental tasks like a superstar. The flavor is rich and lemony with a very subtle and satisfying sweetness.

You might have noticed that I’ve been focusing recently on herbs that support brain health. In this recipe I’ve incorporated Lion’s Mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceum), a nootropic herb, which describes herbs (and other substances that support brain function). For more about nootropic herbs check out this recent post, 5 Herbs to Remember. Research has shown that Lion’s Mane has a positive effect on adults with cognitive impairment and may inhibit the type of amlyoid plaque formation seen in Alzheimer’s disease. 

This recipe also contains Matcha Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) and Maca Root. Green Tea is a gentle stimulant that supports focus and mental clarity. Its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to stimulate production of a protein needed for formation of new brain cells (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor), make it an excellent choice for mental energy and long-term brain health. Maca Root is a stimulating, adaptogenic herb that supports the body’s ability to adapt to stress. It can be very stimulating for some people, so be cautious about consuming too may of these Mental Energy Balls late at night. The cashews, coconut and sesame butter in these treats also provide plenty of protein and health fats for balanced, sustained energy.  

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup sesame seed butter (also called tahini)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp matcha powder
  • 2 tbsp maca powder
  • 2 tbsp lion’s mane powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tblsp maple syrup or honey
  • Optional toppings: goji berries, shredded coconut, matcha powder, or ground pistachios

DIRECTIONS:

Using a food processor, grind the raw cashews and shredded coconut to a fine powder. In a large bowl combine the powdered cashews and coconut with all of the remaining ingredients and mix well to form a slightly sticky, green dough. With wet hands, roll in to one inch balls. Add additional toppings or coat with shredded coconut. Store in a closed contained in the refrigerator to three days.

Makes 18 - 24 balls. 

These tasty snacks are perfect with breakfast for sustained energy throughout the morning or as an afternoon pick-me up. Feel free to incorporate other powdered herbs, especially other nootropics like Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) or Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), but do keep flavor in mind. Other adaptogenic herbs to consider include Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Eleuthero (Eleutherccocus senticosus) and Panax Ginseng (Panax ginseng).   

I hope you enjoy this tasty, energizing treats. If you have questions, be sure to leave a comment below. 

wishing you health and happiness, 
suzannesign
Herbalist & Proprietress
Nectar Apothecary

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