If you enjoy treats but want to ensure you’re putting the right ingredients into your body, then this is a recipe for you! You may have heard the hype on ‘superfoods’ and if you have, that’s exactly what these are. Full of super ingredients to fuel our bodies with that they need.
This is a superfood because of it’s antioxidant value. Some now believe it to have the highest antioxidant value of all natural foods (although coffee is definitely up there!). Ensure it’s raw though and organic if possible. The reason raw cacao powder is considered a superfood in comparison to cocoa powder is because of the way the cacao seeds are processed. Both start with cacao beans and to make cacao powder, the beans are cold pressed and unroasted. This allows the beans to separate into powder and butter forms. As for cocoa powder, the cacao beans are roasted at high very temperatures and this changes the chemical nature of the beans, resulting in cocoa powder. When the beans are unroasted and cold pressed, antioxidants are not lost during the heating process – this is what makes raw cacao so beneficial. The roasting of the beans to create cocoa powder unfortunately changes the molecular structure of the beans. This reduces the enzyme content therefore lowering its nutritional value. So if you’re ever trying to decide between the two ALWAYS choose raw cacao if you want to supercharge your body with antioxidants and polyphenols.
Another superfood because of their antioxidant and anti inflammatory powers. Some of their benefits, they provide high levels of nutrients and antioxidants, improve immune function and fight off cancer, promote healthy skin, boost energy levels and support better gastrointestinal health and bowel functions.
It falls into the superfood category because of how densely packed it is with vitamins and minerals. These combine to improve our health by increasing endurance and strength, balances hormones, improves memory and mental clarity, enhances fertility for both men and women and make us more radiant and youthful, to name a few.
These super foods combined with the blend of nuts and seeds make the balls extremely fibrous, and this is fantastic for assisting with our digestive process.
I enjoy these before or after exercise, or as a quick and easy snack any time throughout the day.
- 2-4 tbsp Raw organic cacao powder, depending on how chocolatey you like it 😛
- ½ cup Walnuts
- ½ cup Brazil nuts
- ½ cup Pepitas
- ½ cup Sunflower seeds
- 2 heaped tsp Linseed
- 1 tbsp Maca powder
- ¼ cup Goji berries
- 2-3 cups of dates
- A few drops of Filtered water, you really only need a drop!
- Desiccated coconut to coat
Using a food processor, place all the nuts and seeds in and blast till they’re ground. It doesn’t need to be extremely fine, just ground enough to blend well.
Add the dates, goji berries and cacao and continue to blast. These will start to moisten the mixture, if it becomes too gluggy add a little more cacao to help with the blending process.
Place a few drops of water in, then blend again. The mixture will really come together now. If it is still too dry, continue to add water very slowly. Be careful not to add too much as it can become sloppy.
Once you have attained the desired consistency (the mixture holds together firmly, is slightly sticky and not too wet or dry) pick up a small handful and roll into balls.
Lastly, roll in coconut and place in a container of your choice.
These can be frozen up to 3 months, if they survive being eaten for that long!