Last November, Kristina Ladau introduced us to Moringa trees — read full article here.
Based on her article and information, we decided to plant some Moringa trees of our own. We obtained seeds from pods from grown trees and planted these in small pots. They sprouted within a week. After about 6 weeks, they were 8″ tall so we transplanted them into the ground. To our amazement, in less than 6 months they are over 6 feet tall! They are beautiful trees and we are looking forward to them providing shade for us to sit under next year.
Kristina also explains the uses and health benefits of Moringa trees; the entire plant (except the roots) is edible. So with my crazy thinking, I started to come up with recipes to use every part of this miraculous plant. My first experiment are these no-cook energy bites. The weather is so hot now that I certainly don’t want to be adding to the heat by having to cook, and I thought my early morning pickleball group might enjoy the boost of energy Moringa provides.
How to dry Moringa leaves:
Pull leaves from a Moringa tree, wash and dry.
Place leaves in a bag made of tulle fabric (lacy fabric used to make veils available at Parisina fabric store in Guaymas); loosely roll up a 12″ square piece of fabric, tie one end with a 12″ piece of string, place Moringa leaves inside innermost roll, roll up outer edges of fabric, tie open end with other end of attached string.
Hang bag indoors for 2 weeks.
Remove leaves and grind using a mortar and pestle or coffee/nut grinder.
Recipe for Moringa Booster Bites
2 cups Special K cereal
1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/4 cup agave syrup
1 TBSP cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp dried Moringa leaves
Place Special K cereal into a quart ziplock bag, remove air, seal closed, and pound with your fist on the countertop until cereal is coarsely ground. Place in bowl and add remaining ingredients. Place mixture in freezer for 10 minutes. Remove from freezer and with lightly moistened hand, squeeze into balls a little smaller than a golf ball (at first the ingredients won’t seem to be adhering together, keep tightly squeezing your hand into a fist around the mixture and it will form into a ball). Place formed balls into a shallow tupperware container and store in refrigerator.
I hope to see my pickleball group playing with extra energy after they enjoy one of these. Thanks Kristina!
by Shelly Johnson