These raw little balls of goodness are different every time I make them depending on the ingredients I have in my cupboard. The base ingredients are the same but I will add different textures and flavours as I said depending on what I have on hand, they are super easy to make. These balls are high in protein, antioxidants, healthy essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.
Tahini has become an absolute favourite ingredient of mine lately, I use unhulled tahini as it is said to be more nutritious. Unhulled basically means the hull or shell of the sesame seed has been left intact so the whole sesame seed is turned into a paste. Tahini is rich in minerals like magnesium & iron. It is a very good source of calcium.
Raw cacao is the rawest form of chocolate. Cacao has been linked to reducing cholesterol and high blood pressure. Cacao has one very special substance anandamide – The Bliss Chemical. The body produces anandamide after exercise, known as feel good endorphins. Cacao is the only plant known to naturally contain anandamide making it a natural aphrodisiac.
There are so many different options for these chocolate goodness balls, let your imagination go crazy
1 cup almond or meal
½ cup raw cacao powder
3 tbsp. sunflower or chia seeds
½ cup tahini
¼ -⅓ cup rice malt syrup or organic maple syrup or raw honey (depending on desired sweetness)
2 tbsp. extra virgin coconut oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract or vanilla powder
Additional ingredients – add which ever of these ingredients you like or have on hand to suit your taste
¼ cup finely chopped cashew nuts (I usually grind these in my OmniBlend)
¼ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup puffed quinoa
¼ cup puffed buckwheat
¼ cup dried white mulberries, goji berries, inca berries or chopped medjool dates
3 tbsp. flax seed or linseed
3 tbsp. cacao nibs
a few drops of mint extract or orange extract for different flavours
a shot of espresso coffee
1. Mix all the base ingredients together in a large bowl using your hands until you have a sticky well combined consistency
2. Add your optional ingredients and using your hands mix through
3. Using your hands roll a small amount of the mixture into bite size balls.
4. Roll in either shredded coconut, chia seeds or sesame seeds pressing in while rolling in between your hands
5. Store in your fridge and enjoy as a super nutritious snack any time of the day without feeling guilty
It helps if you use food safe gloves when making these as your hands will get very messy