Cocoa powder. Nuts. Nut butter. Chia Seeds. Flax. Dates.
Can you say RAW fuel? Holy Sh*t! These balls are a sure fire way to knock that mid-morning or afternoon slump and getcha on through the rest of your day! Antioxidant rich, and filled with heart-healthy fats, gut friendly fiber, and a taste that will kick any dessert craving to the curb. Not only are these super nutritious, these balls are actually very simple to make. And don't fret if you don't have the exact ingredients in your cupboard-- you can easily substitute different nuts/seeds to make your own bliss ball creation.
-Cocoa powder is a natural antioxidant, and also contains some fiber which will help our energy levels stay grounded throughout the day.
-Dates are an excellent source of natural energy, as they are high in natural sugars.
-Chia seeds are filled with heart healthy fiber, omega-3s, and protein.
-Nuts generally are good sources of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Each amount will vary depending on the source.
For those that know me, I'm not a huge fan of following recipes. I believe that if you let your intuition run wild in the kitchen (maybe give it a few times to feel more comfortable), eventually we are able to make a good estimate of how a recipe will turn out without exact measurements.
Cocoa Bliss Energy Balls
Yields about 8-10 balls
1C. Dates, pitted
2/3 C. Raw almonds
2/3 C. Raw nuts (I used a mix of pecans and walnuts)
1 tsp Chia seeds
1 tsp Flaxseed meal
1-2 Tbsp Cocoa powder
1 Tbsp Coconut oil, softened or melted
Place all ingredients in a food processor, and begin to pulse until somewhat combined. Then, you can turn the speed up on high for about a minute to get a more blended consistency. I added a little bit of water to the batter and blended again at the end to get the dough sticky enough to form.
Roll into balls and place in container. Option to roll the balls in cocoa powder, shaved coconut, hemp seeds, etc. to give them a little extra va-voom! You can store them in the fridge for about 7-10 days, or place them in the freezer for up to a couple of months.
And there you have it. Bliss.