Chocolate chia balls
Chocolate chia balls are a great little snack if you need a pick me up in the afternoon, or for pre or post workouts or if you don’t have time to make breakfast. Simply pop a few of these into your bag and eat them on the train or in your car.
Almond flour (sometimes referred to as almond meal) is nothing more than ground almonds. Blanched almond flour has the skin removed and gives a lighter taste.
Raw cacao powder (not to be confused with COCOA powder) is made from grinding raw cacao beans into a paste and then removing the fat content (cacao butter) This method preserves the living enzymes and keeps the nutritional properties intact. Cacao powder is much higher in antioxidants than cocoa powder.
Cocoa powder on the other hand has been roasted at an extremely high temperature which removes a lot of its nutritional properties. This is what is used in every day chocolate based sweets we are used to eating.
Why these are so good for you
Almonds alkalize the body (good for fighting inflammation), nourish the nervous system, provide good brain function, build strong bones and teeth, provide healthy fats which aids in weight loss, reduce risk of heart disease and help protect against diabetes.
Chia seeds are good for healthy hair, skin and nails, regulate bowel function, protect the body from aging and cancer, regulate insulin levels, prevent hypertension and help detoxify the body.
Dates create healthy bowel movement, strengthen bones, decrease feelings of fatigue and sluggishness, support the nervous system and reduce the risk of stroke and other heart related illnesses.
Raw cacao powder (pronounced ka-kow) is full of antioxidants and protects against the ravages of aging and cancer, improves digestion, gives energy, improves mood, lowers blood pressure and increases circulation.
- 1 cup blanched almond flour or meal
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of sea salt
- Place all ingredients in a 3 cup capacity food processor and blitz until mixture begins to clump together.
- Roll into balls. Chill.
If you can't find blanched almond flour simply process almond slivers to a flour consistency. If you want your balls to be sweeter add 1 or 2 more dates. Reduce amount of water based on how well mixture clumps.