No Bake Spinach Balls with Almonds
These delicious little spinach balls are based on a couple of the world's healthiest ingredients. Spinach is very low in saturated fats and cholesterol and, at the same time, an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, E, and K, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, and manganese. All of those fantastic nutrients are then combined with vitamin-rich arugula, onions, and garlic, protein-loaded Greek yogurt and feta cheese, and omega-3 fatty acids from olive oil and chia seeds into one of the healthiest snacks you can possibly have. This wonderful recipe can be served raw and slightly chilled in the refrigerator or, if you have some spare time, baked until lightly golden and crispy. Optionally, replace dried thyme with some of your favorite herbs or add a pinch of red pepper flakes for an extra kick and enjoy!
Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking time: -
200g spinach, finely chopped
100g arugula, finely chopped
1 small purple onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
50g buckwheat groats, soaked overnight
10g almonds, finely chopped
1 tbsp chia seeds
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp sea salt
½ tsp dried thyme
Rinse spinach and arugula thoroughly under cold running water and drain in a large colander. Remove the spinach roots and chop with a sharp knife. Place greens in a deep bowl and pour in enough water to cover. Sprinkle with some salt and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Drain again and set aside.
Rinse soaked buckwheat groats and drain in a fine mesh sieve. Place in a food processor along with spinach, arugula, onion, garlic, and almonds. Process until almost smooth mixture. Transfer to a bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Mix well with a spoon or your hands and form bite-sized balls.
Gently transfer balls to a large serving platter and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Optionally, you place balls on a baking sheet lined with some parchment paper and bake for 15-20 minutes at 180 degrees C.
Nutrition information per serving: Kcal: 231, Protein: 12.6g, Total Carb: 23.1g, Dietary Fiber: 6.4g, Sugars: 4.2g, Total Fat: 12.2g, Saturated Fat: 3.3g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 377mg
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