Cacao Coconut Fudge Energy Balls

Energy balls seem to be having a major moment right now; and I’ll admit, I have joined the trend. I set out to make some of my own energy balls for two reasons — 1) to develop a new guilt-free dessert/way to consume chocolate, and 2) to create an easily portable snack for the days I have my 4 hour summer class. These chocolatey little gems are LOADED with healthy fats and plant based protein. I used Cacao powder, but you could easily sub with unsweetened cocoa powder. Why use Cacao instead of Cocoa? Research has shown that Cacao (the rawest form of chocolate) has more antioxidants and phytonutrients than blueberries or green tea. Phytonutrients help destroy free radicals in your body. Cacao is shown to lower blood pressure and decrease inflammation. Cacao is rich in Magnesium, Fiber, Iron, and Protein — nutrients that many people are lacking in their regular diets! These are relatively easy to whip up, I just threw all the ingredients into a food processor and pulsed until blended together. Due to the sticky nature of a few of the ingredients, it’s necessary to periodically take the the lid off the food processor and scrape the mixture off the sides before continuing to pulse. These are perfect as a little snack between meals, as a dessert, or can easily be packed up for days when you’re on the go!

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Cacao Coconut Fudge Energy Balls

Ingredients (makes 12):

1/2 cup almonds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
3 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp flaxseed
5 dates (soaked in water ahead of time)
3 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp almond milk
Pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

DIrections:

  1. In a food processor, pulse all ingredients together, periodically stopping to scrape sides of bowl.
  2. Once desire consistency, chill in fridge for 20 minutes.
  3. Take spoonful of mixture and roll into 1 1/2 inch ball; roll in coconut and chill/store in fridge. (should make 12 balls, but you can make them larger or smaller if desired)

 

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