For those who don’t know me, I have the world’s biggest sweet tooth. I LOVE chocolate! When I first started eating healthy, I was afraid that I was going to have to give chocolate up. I think we all have at least that one thing that we are afraid of giving up, but I have found that there is a healthy alternative for just about everything!
I discovered cacao powder (not to be mistaken for cocoa) and found out that cacao has a lot of great benefits. I was in heaven!
Here are some benefits of cacao:
-It high in antioxidants
-Is good for the skin and can help with premature aging
-Can help with weight loss
-Helps with energy
-Is an aphrodisiac
Okay, so now I had this cacao powder what was going to do with it? I then found a recipe that was called ‘Chocolate Bliss Balls’ or something like that. They received the name ‘Chocolate Balls’ in my house. I more often see them being called ‘Energy Bites’ or ‘Energy Ball’ though. After the second time of making them, I stopped following a recipe and started making them my own way. This is definitely a recipe that you can experiment with to make it your own or make a variety of different chocolate balls. I’m going to give the basic recipe and then afterwards give alternatives and additions.
Basic recipes for Chocolate Balls:
-1 cup pitted dates
-½ to 1 cup of almonds
-2 to 4 tablespoon of cacao powder
-2 to 4 tablespoons of coconut oil
Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend. You will end up with all your mixture clumped together in a big ball. Remove blades from food processor or put mixture into a bowl. Take roughly about a tablespoon of mixture (or however much you want) and roll them into a ball with your hands. Put them in a sealed container and either put them in the refrigerator or freezer depending on the firmness you want. They are delicious both ways!
Additions and Alternatives
-Instead of almonds you can add other kinds of nuts, like cashew, walnuts or pecans. You can add seeds, like sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. You can do a mixture of any of them. You can also replace the almonds with almond butter or any other kind of nut butter…yes for my dirty minded friends, I just said that!
-The coconut oil can be replaced with any other healthy oil like olive oil or avocado oil.
-There are so many things that can be added to these chocolate balls like, dried fruit (I have never tried fresh, so I don’t know if that would work or not), protein powder, maca powder, mint leaves, chia seed, flax seeds, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, hemp seeds, vanilla extract….the list can go on.
-Then you can roll the chocolate ball on to stuff, so it coated. You can do this with shredded coconut, hemp seeds, crushed almonds, more cacao powder and melted chocolate.
So much can be done.
I do suggest that all of these ingredients be organic or as clean as possible.