Looking for a quick and easy snack that will get you medicated without sapping all of your energy? These “amazeballs” are healthy, satisfying, and chock full of superfoods that will help get fit for the New Year! Energy balls have become increasingly popular amongst health-conscious eaters, but these balls of mixed nuts, seeds, and dried fruits evolved from the hippie tradition of  gooballs -- a parking-lot classic with endless variations. Since many of the ingredients have a long shelf life in your pantry, this is a treat that can be whipped together on short notice and it’s perfect for when friends drop by unexpectedly. Pair these medicated energy balls with a cup of tea for a wonderful 4:20 nosh session.

Dry ingredients:

-1 cup almonds, unsalted and raw

-¼ cup pumpkin seeds

-¼ cup hulled hemp seeds

-¼ sunflower seeds

-2 tbsp cacao powder

-½ cup shredded coconut

-½ cup raisins

-½ cup rolled oats

-1 tbsp flax powder (optional superfood booster: add maca, spirulina, or hemp protein)

 

Wet ingredients:

-8 large Medjool dates (about 1 cup)

-½ cup cannacoconut oil, melted (see recipe below)

-1/3 cup almond butter

-¼ cup sunflower seed butter

-1 tbsp agave nectar

-1 tbsp hemp oil

 

For Coating the Balls:

-1/3 cup shredded coconut

-1/3 cup hulled hempseeds

Preparation:

First, grind your almonds in a food processor until they are coarsely chopped. You don’t want big pieces or the balls won’t hold together. Place the chopped almonds into a large bowl, add all of the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Place all of the wet ingredients into the bowl of the food processor, and blend until the wet mixture has been completely combined. Use a spoon to mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

To make the balls, take two plates and create a layer of shredded coconut on one plate and a layer of hempseed on the other. Use your hands to form the mixture into balls that are about two inches in diameter, just big enough for one or two bites. Roll the balls into either the coconut or the hempseed to coat the surface entirely. Place the finished balls into an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the balls solidify more. Eat with a nice cup of hot tea and enjoy! Makes 12 to 16 balls, and each ball is one daytime dose.

 

Cannacoconut Oil

Coconut oil has a lot of advantages over animal products. It's a saturated fat, allowing maximum absorption of cannabinoids, but it's much healthier for you than saturated animal fat. Coconut oil is definitely the best option for vegans, and those concerned about health.

Ingredients:

-1 ounce of cannabis, dried, or 2 ounces of trimmed leaf

-1 14 oz. jar of coconut oil

 

Preparation:

Fill a pot halfway with water, and add your cannabis. Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally for an hour. Then, add your coconut oil, and return to a simmer. Remove from heat. Let the coconut oil mixture sit for two days as it slowly extracts. Now, reheat the oil, cannabis and water mixture until the oil melts. Strain the mixture, being sure to press the plant matter firmly against the side of the strainer. Refrigerate the oil and water mixture overnight, for at least 24 hours. Return the next day and separate the solidified oil from the water. Pat dry with a paper towel and then melt the cannacoconut oil in a saucepan until it is liquid. Then, measure into glass jars for easy dosing. Baby food jars work well.