Cordyceps are a unique mushroom that preys off of insects. Although these mushrooms are bad news for insect life, they are very healthy for humans, with incredible health benefits. Among other things they can boost athletic performance, increase energy, reduce stress, and even help with weight management and metabolism.
If you're struggling to lose weight, or perhaps to put on muscle, cordyceps are a great way to find the balance you need. They are a great tool for sports minded people, or simply those who want to stay active and healthy. If you're hoping to add cordyceps to your diet, here is an awesome recipe for cordyceps energy bites, that will help energize you before your next work out.
Best of all this recipe is no bake, which means you can save time and avoid washing a lot of pans through this quick and easy recipe. Once you've rolled these balls into a bite sized piece, you can gobble them right away—no need to wait for a long baking session to finish.
- 3 tbs powdered Cordyceps extract
- 1 cup of pitted dates soaked in hot water for 10 minutes and drained well
- 1 Tbsp beet root powder
- ¼ cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 Tbsp Ashwagandha powder
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 1 cup chopped almonds
- Zest of 1 orange
- Pinch of sea salt
- Optional: coconut or toasted coconut flakes to roll bite into
Place your soaked dates in a food processor and pulse a few times, then add all of the remaining ingredients except for the chopped almonds (and the optional coconut flakes). Blend until large clumps begin to form.
In a large bowl, combine the chopped almonds and the blended ingredients. Fold the almonds into the blended ingredients until they are well mixed together.
Divide the mixture into bite sized pieces. It's not necessary to be precise for the balls, just what ever size you find comfortable to bite out of. Place each ball on parchment paper as you have finished them. The balls may stick together or to the surface you place them on, which is why you need the parchment paper.
If you have decided to use the optional coconut flakes, place the flakes in their own separate bowl and roll the balls in the flakes before placing them on the parchment paper. The balls are delicious both plain and covered in flakes, so try them both to see which you end up liking best.
Store the completed balls in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
These energy balls are a healthy way to give your body the fuel it needs for best performance. Try using it during marathon training, as a pre or post working snack, or for any excursion where you need fuel to keep up your endurance.
These balls can pack a surprising amount of energy into each little bite, and are a delicious way to get the benefits of cordyceps without taking it in a boring pill.