It’s still birthday week over here at Healthy Delicious.
Inspired by Martha Stewart’s traditional walnut brownies, I set out to make a raw chocolate version to celebrate Healthy Delicious’ first birthday, but what I ended up with was waaay better.
I added all the ingredients to my food processor and, after a few pulses, ended up with a more crumbly mixture than I had anticipated.
But you have to roll with it, right?! So I rolled the crumbly mixture into 1” balls and fell in love. These guys are somewhere in between a truffle and an energy ball. But everyone who’s tried them has filed them under ‘treat.’ They’re dead easy, full of amazing ingredients and I keep them in the freezer for those moments that I need a little pick me up. And you should, too.
When I asked a friend what to call them, she replied, “Amaze Balls.” Ok!
The love is in the ingredients – a perfect example of how just a few ingredients can yield sweet love.
Walnuts are a good source of vitamin E (for skin and heart health) and omega-3 fatty acids. Essential fatty acids are essential because our bodies cannot make them. Omega-3s are super important for reducing pain and inflammation. And if you are a Healthy Delicious reader, you’ll know that adding good fats to meals and snacks will help to fight off your Blood Sugar Witch. There’s your good fats in a nutshell. Ha!
Raw cacao is also known as raw chocolate. You know how they say that chocolate is a superfood? They mean raw chocolate. Raw chocolate is high in antioxidants (in higher levels than green tea and wine) and minerals (such as magnesium, iron and potassium). Some of the reported benefits of consuming raw cacao include increased sex drive, decreased appetite and increased feelings of well being and happiness. Consuming raw cacao can also give you a little boost in energy, thanks to its natural caffeine and theobromine.
Medjool dates provide the sweetest sweetness in the Amaze Balls. Using medjool dates as sweetener is a good idea because they are not processed in the same way as processed and artificial sweeteners – they’re just dried fruit! Medjool dates provide a good source of vitamin B6 and minerals potassium and magnesium.
Another important point is the fact that all these ingredients are raw (ooh baby, we like it raw!). Raw foods are not only higher in antioxidants and vitamins but also contain valuable enzymes that put less of a burden on our digestive systems, particularly our pancreas (which is the maker and keeper of enzymes).
Enough of the ingredient love. Here’s the recipe.
Raw Chocolate Amaze Balls
1.5 cups walnuts
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
8 medjool dates, pitted and chopped into small pieces
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup raw cacao powder
1/8 tsp Celtic sea salt
shake of cinnamon
Pulse everything in a food processor until it resembles crumbs that stick together. Let it run for a few minutes. (You may need to add 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil to get everything to mix.)
Using a tablespoon, measure out one tablespoon and roll into a ball. Repeat with the rest of the mixture. Freeze until ready to eat!
As a sidenote, I’m spreading this birthday love because Healthy Delicious just turned one!