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If you are like me and have a sweet tooth that craves decadent chocolate, yet you are mindful of what you put in your body, than most chocolate products on the market aren’t going to pass the no-worries-it’s-good-for-me test. Well, I have a homemade solution for you – raw chocolate balls! They are rich, decadent, only five (or six) ingredients, and they are actually pretty darn good for you! It’s a cinch to whip up a batch and they keep well in the fridge. I assume they would freeze well too, but I haven’t tried it yet.
The starring ingredient in these is raw cacao powder. If you are not familiar with this super-food, it is much like cocoa powder, except way better! Raw cacao is basically cocoa, except in an unadulterated form with many more nutrients and health benefits. Raw cacao is minimally processed under lower temperatures, which helps preserve all the good stuff. “Regular” cocoa and cocoa butter, on the other hand, are processed under much higher heat, destroying much of the healthy stuff, and they tend to be mixed with a lot of bad sugars and other unnatural ingredients. In it’s raw state, cacao increases tryptophan and serotonin, which releases mood-boosting endorphins into your body. Woo-hoo! It is also very rich in antioxidants (even more than red wine, green tea or blueberries) which help to fight free-radical toxins in your body and promote optimal heart health. Cacao is also high in iron and magnesium and dietary fiber.
Of course, all good things in moderation as cacao is a stimulant (caffeine). But, these beat your typical store-bought candy bars in the health department any day of the week. Hands down. So, indulge a little!!
1 Cup Almonds (ground)
3/4 Cup Raw Cacao Powder
2-3 T Raw Honey (depending how sweet you want them)
1 T Coconut Oil (optional)
1/4 Cup of Water
5 T Coconut Flakes for Rolling
Use a bullet, food processor or blender to ground up your almonds into a fine meal. Mix with raw cacao powder, raw honey, and water. Mix in the optional coconut oil for richer and creamier balls. They should be a creamy consistency, but not too wet. If they seem a little dry, you can add more water (up to 1/2 cup — it depends how moist your raw honey is).
Using your hands, roll the chocolate mixture into little bite size balls. Roll the balls on a plate of coconut flakes until the balls are covered. Approximately 15 balls.
I find that just one of these rich and creamy raw chocolate balls will satisfy my sweet craving. And, at around 100 calories per pop with 3 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per ball … not too shabby!! Enjoy!
Per Ball: 99 calories, 4 grams fat, 3 grams protein, 4 grams fiber, 9% RDA of iron (Add 1 gram of fat and 10 calories per ball if you use the optional coconut oil)
***Chef’s Note: These tend to be more on the dark-chocalatety side of the fence (which I love!). So, if that’s your thing too, than make as-is. However, if you are more of a milk-chocolate lover and/or you aren’t used to raw chocolate, you might want to sweeten these up by adding more honey and/or possibly a little raw sugar. You can also cut down on the amount of raw cacao powder, but you will need to adjust your water down a bit too to get the right consistency. (By the way, both my husband and daughter, who are definitely more the sweeter/milk chocolate lovers said they wanted them a little sweeter, BUT, that did not stop them from eating as-is). 😉 Feel free to experiment in the kitchen! And, let us know in the comments below what you come up with. Here’s to happy, healthy eating! xo
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