What can be better than chocolate? I could have chocolate anything and anytime 🙂 but I’m also trying to stay away from just any type of chocolate. Conventional chocolate or the infamous candy bar is far from healthy. You can probably agree that the effects of too much sugar ca be felt almost immediately.

Raw Chocolate Energy Balls
Raw Chocolate Energy Balls

I’m all about smart nutrition and using unconventional methods to create food, drinks, and treats, such as mixing nut butters with cacao and raw honey, or using black beans to create chocolaty goodness (recipe coming up), and yes it is absolutely possible.

Sugar is also highly addictive. Too much sugar can lead to insulin resistance, eventually leading to chronic unstable blood sugar levels. Insulin’s job is to keep your blood sugar levels from getting too high. As the cells start absorbing (responding) to sugar, levels of sugar in the blood also decrease. When cells stop responding to insulin, type 2 diabetes may start to develop. When insulin resistance develops, blood sugar and insulin levels stay elevated for long after you finished eating, and that is definitely to be avoided.

Smart nutrition is about creating food that tastes great, using real ingredients that actually keep you nourished rather than tax your liver as sugar does.

Dates are packed with vitamins and minerals especially potassium, magnesium and iron. You need potassium to maintain proper fluid balance, magnesium for muscle and nerve function, blood pressure and regulation of blood sugar levels. Iron is required in order to create hemoglobin, a crucial part of red blood cells that helps carry oxygen through the body.

Dates - Raw Chocolate Energy Balls
Dates – Raw Chocolate Energy Balls

Almonds are high in vitamin E, biotin, magnesium, and phosphorus, high in monounsaturated fats, known to promote heart health, skin health, and healthy hair. They are also high in antioxidants, good to protect your cells from oxidation and keep your skin and body young.

Almonds- Raw Chocolate Energy Balls
Almond – Raw Chocolate Energy Balls

Cacao is rich in flavonoids and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants prevent other molecules from oxidation protecting your cells form degradation and keeping your body healthy.

Cacao - Raw Chocolate Energy Balls
Cacao – Raw Chocolate Energy Balls

Coconut oil is a great source of healthy fat. It helps your skin, hair, and nails. It is antiviral, antibacterial, and helps keep you full for longer.

Coconut - Raw Chocolate Energy Balls
Coconut – Raw Chocolate Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 3 tbsp cacao
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1-2 tbsp almond milk or water
  • real vanilla
  • dash of sea salt

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor until a smooth, thick paste has formed.
  2. Form into balls and arrange on a baking sheet.
  3. Once all energy balls are on the sheet, transfer to the fridge for 2 -3 hours.
  4. Transfer to a container and keep in the fridge.

GF, V, DF, Raw

Enjoy your way to great health.