This recipe came wanting a snack that is (marginally) healthy, being low in sugar, high in healthy protein, fibers, and fats- Without turning the oven on. In other words, easy! There are a handful of ingredients/food items I incorporate into my diet on a regular basis and feel better for it. I thought it time to find a way for them all to be conveniently located in one, delicious snack food. The first that I can’t seem to get enough of lately is the mighty coconut. High in lauric acid, medium chain triglycerides, and fiber, the coconut (and its coconut oil) is extremely good for the body (and brain)! Chia seeds are a bit of a joke in my life as they are EVERYWHERE. I don’t really go a day without as they provide more omega’s (3 and 6) per gram than flax and salmon, while providing protein, iron, fiber, and calcium. They can be used straight up, but benefit from a little soak which activates them and contributes hydration to your system, rather than requiring hydration to get through your system. Enough said! Maca is the latest addition to my smoothies and snack foods as it is an incredibly dense, nourishing and revitalizing supplement. Claims for it include mood balancing (doesn’t hurt!), energy boosting, while being a good source of iron, fiber, protein, and Vitamins B and C. Last and definitely not least on my list is dark chocolate. Not to be lumped in the category of any other chocolate, dark chocolate, which generally speaking is chocolates with a cacao content over 70% (think more high nutrients, less sugar), is nothing short of a miracle food in my book. Good dark chocolate is low in sugar, rich in healthy polyphenols and beneficial antioxidants. Recent research for dark chocolate is claiming that it actually helps to feed beneficial bacteria in our guts while promoting anti-inflammatory components in our bodies. Further benefits comparing raw cacao powder and standard cocoa powder are noticeable and worthy to mention. Raw cacao powder is rich in antioxidants, flavanoids, potassium, fiber, magnesium, iron and folate. It is a heavy hitter! Being it is raw, it leaves the majority of these beneficial components to be easily absorbed (and available) to our bodies. And, for what it’s worth, the antioxidant rating (measured in ORAC score) is three times higher (more beneficial) in raw cacao powder than standard cocoa powder. Enjoy creating your own Amazeballs!!
Amazing Dark Choco Bliss Balls
Makes at least 15 good-size balls
1 T honey
2 T coconut oil
60g (2 oz) dark (70%+) chocolate, roughly chopped
Pinch of sea salt
2 T good cacao powder (or good quality cocoa powder)
1 T chia seeds
¼ cup unsweetened dried coconut (threads)
1 cup dried (fine) coconut
½ cup ground nuts (hazelnuts or cashews or almonds)
1 T maca powder (can substitute w/more cacao powder if not using maca)
1 T coconut flour
1 T ground flax
*If you want bonus dark choco bits inside the balls, add ½ cup dark chocolate, roughly chopped
Coconut or cacao powder for dusting
Melt honey, coconut oil, 60g/2oz. dark chocolate, and salt in pan (or microwave) over low heat. Whisk in cacao powder and set aside.
Mix remaining dry ingredients in medium bowl. Add melted chocolate mixture and mix well. Chill for 10 minutes. (Add dark chocolate chunks at this point and knead in to thoroughly incorporate.) Roll into sub-golf ball size balls, finishing by rolling each ball into either coconut or cacao powder. Chill. Keep in refrigerator (or freeze if going for long-term storage, ie. beyond a few days). Enjoy!!