Raw Cacao Balls
Cacao (raw and unprocessed) has been show to have a higher antioxidant capacity than green tea (3 x) or red wine (2 x). This is due to its high polyphenol and flavonoid content. Almonds, brazils and walnuts are high in omega-3, selenium, vitamin E, magnesium and manganese and tryptophan. Omega-3 is important in reducing inflammation and lowering cholesterol, selenium an antioxidant important for male fertility and healthy thyroid function, vitamin E has anti-aging properties, magnesium is involved in energy metabolism, muscle relaxation and nerve function, while manganese is involved in bone formation, thyroid function, blood sugar regulation and immune function. What does tryptophan do? It converts to serotonin in the brain to make you feel happy! These delicious little balls are good for you!
- 1-½ cups raw nuts (try almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts)
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- 1-½ cups pitted fresh dates (Medjool) or dried dates soaked over night in water then drained
- ¼ cup pitted prunes (for fudgyness)
- 1 tbsp. unhulled tahini
- ½ teaspoon sea salt (helps bring out the chocolate flavour)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Shredded coconut for rolling
Place the nuts into a food processor and grind. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pick up roughly a small golf ball size amount of mixture and press firmly together in your hands to form a ball, roll in coconut. Keep repeating until all the mixture is rolled, then put the balls in the fridge to set. You can also store these in the freezer.
Try adding: spirulina, chia seeds, goji berries, banana, or ground flaxseeds.