Savoury energy balls a.k.a. spicy bean balls with kale.
These tiny and spicy bean balls are the perfect pick-me-up snack when you crave something simple, savoury, but healthy. They are filling, cheesy, soft in texture and very very very delicious! Bean balls are great one bite treats, but also yummy with a bowl of salad, in some pita bread or simply spread on a slice of toast. Picnic season is coming and these bean balls (or these couscous balls) are gonna be the perfect quick and easy-to-make food to take with you.
Not even a long time ago, I was one of those who said oh, man, I would really love to go vegan, but I could never give up cheese. I was so damn sure I couldn’t even go a week without a piece of cheese. I never cared a lot for yogurt, milk, eggs or honey, but CHEESE. That was a whole other story. Do you know the great TLC show My Strange Addiction? Yes, that was me. I could have been one of them, seriously. I was a true cheeseaholic. I clearly remember what my mom said after she finally allowed me to go vegetarian almost 15 years ago. It was okay for me not eating meat as long as I eat a lot of dairy (because of calcium and PROTEIN, I guess :D). I was happy to follow her advice and eat every single cheese in the world. I even got cheese for my birthday and for Christmas. You can see what a crazy love it was. Me, ever giving up cheese? NO WAY!
But of course as I started to learn more about the cruelty of the dairy industry I reached a point where cheese just didn’t taste that good anymore. I couldn’t enjoy it anymore without feeling guilty, so my cheese days were slowly over. First it was hard, but the fact that I’m not causing pain and suffering to all those animals “tasted” better than any cheese I ever had. Plus hey, vegan cheese! Pretty cool stuff too! Who needs cheese balls as a snack (I used to make those all the time!), when you’ve got bean balls! So much more better, believe me. Or go for feta cheese, sliceable and super fancy walnut and herb cheese, delicious queso sauce, quick and easy basic cashew cheese or this multipurpose cauliflower cheese.
Never say never, right? If I could give up cheese anybody can. Please leave the cows alone ♥︎
- 1 can of cannellini beans
- ½ cup of sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup of nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp tahini
- handful of finely chopped kale
- handful of finely chopped basil
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp ground coriander
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- 1 small green chili pepper
- 1 clove of garlic
- salt, pepper
- optional: sweet paprika powder, sesame seeds and dried herbs to decorate
- Add beans, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, tahini, cayenne, coriander, paprika, chili, garlic, salt and pepper to a food processor and blend until a sticky dough forms. Add kale and basil, and process just so they are mixed in evenly.
- Roll the mix into bite size balls. Decorate with paprika powder, sesame seeds or dried herbs. Enjoy!