I’ve been asked so many times on Facebook for the recipe of my version of raw chocolate balls that I’m finally doing it. If you are at all interested in working towards an optimal healthy lifestyle, then these are a great option to replace your natural craving for sugar.
As we know sugar is responsible for so many people’s ‘disease’ that coming off it can be like giving up cigarettes or alcohol. It is an addiction for lots of people. I used to believe that every month (as a woman) I absolutely ‘needed’ to have chocolate, but in fact my blood sugar levels were all over the place full stop.
Over the last few years I have moved from eating everything, to trying Raw, trying Paleo, trying Vegan, Vegetarian, even eliminating Gluten, Dairy, and other things suggested by various health practitioners. I still didn’t feel well every day and desperately wanted the right solution for me.
It wasn’t until I started to look into the science behind what we put into our bodies, how we feel when we prepare food, and the quality of what we eat that things started to come together. This has become an on-going fascination and part of my ultimate health journey.
Now before I go off into another direction altogether, let me share with you the very first recipe I made that started to help me see things differently. It was those raw chocolate balls.
Sometimes I also vary what I put in there, often creating more of a nut energy ball. Or maybe even a coconut creamy type of ball, orange or lemon ball or even more hard-core with some ‘greens’ in there. For now let’s get started with the basics.
For My Raw Chocolate Balls You Will Need:
This yields approximately 20 balls (depending on the size you make them of course – see below).
• 3 cups of nuts/seeds – I mostly just use raw almonds.
• 5 tablespoons of raw cacao powder.
• 1½ – 2 cups of medjool dates.
• Fine desiccated coconut for rolling.
• For orange raw chocolate balls add the zest of 1 orange (unsprayed).
• For more energy add 1 teaspoon of raw Maca powder.
• For some crunchiness replace some of the nuts with Chia, Hemp, or any other Seeds.
• For more sweetness, replace some of the dates with coconut syrup (just be careful they don’t become to sticky).
To Make Up:
First soak your nuts in water overnight, or for at least 6 hours (this does depend on the nut).
Next add all your ingredients into an electric mixer and mix up till it all starts to stick together a bit. You don’t want to be tempted to add water here, even if it looks a bit dry, as it will work out in the end. This will vary according to the amounts, and any changes you’ve made. Don’t be afraid to experiment here till you get a flavour and consistency you like.
I use a teaspoon to scoop up some of the mixture into my hands and start to mould into balls. I like to make mine approximately 1 inch in diameter, which is not as large as the ones you can buy at health stores. This is my preference, as I like to snack on 1 or 2 (or even 3) at a time.
Then have a bowl to hand with your desiccated coconut and roll the ball before setting out to dry on a plate. Of course you can also roll in some of the raw cacao too.
They will keep outside of the fridge (unless you are in a hot country, when I’d pop then in there) for quite a while – although I find they get eaten before I can test how long they’d really keep for!
Some Final Tips For Your Raw Chocolate Balls:
• Make sure you have Raw Cacao not Cocoa, as the Cocoa has been heated and has sugar added. You can now buy packets from most main super-markets, online at Amazon, or your local health store.
• Get good quality Raw Nuts; don’t be tempted to buy cheap bags that don’t state ‘raw’ as they may have been blanched, roasted or other.
• Try and go for Organic where you can, as this will provide you with an optimal health experience.
• You can buy various ‘Super-Food’ Powders to use here, again get them from a reputable source like a health store.
Everyone who has tasted my version (and there are plenty of others online) of these Raw Chocolate Balls really loves them. So get going and make your friends and family happy and healthy with them too. They are a great present when presented in a gift box of course…☺