Hemp & Cacao Bliss Balls
Despite what the diet industry tried to teach us in the 90's, it is ok and beneficial in many circumstances to nourish yourself with three square meals a day - you can learn more about that in Count on Nutrients, but to Count Calories? However, there are some days and stages of life where snacks are absolutely necessary. These include those long days with early starts or late finishes, high intensity training days, pregnancy, breast feeding, hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA) and in the transition stages between a standard western diet and a healthy fat, whole food plant based diet. And let's face it, some days you just need a chocolate hit and that's ok!
These Hemp & Cacao Bliss Balls are perfect for any one of these scenarios. The recipe has been tailored to provide a tasty, satiating, lower sugar and naturally higher protein snack that anyone (regardless of skill levels in the kitchen) can whip up.
If you want to talk more about how to structure your day on a plate for any of the above mentioned stages of life, please get in touch. You can start with a 15 Minute Complimentary Consultation.
I hope you enjoy!
Ingredients (Makes ~16 balls)
½ cup loosely packed medjool dates (soaked in boiling water 10-15 minutes
beforehand and strained)
½ cup almond butter
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
4 tablespoons of cacao powder
¾ cup almond meal
½ cup hemp seeds + extra for rolling
4 tablespoons hemp protein powder
½ cup desiccated coconut
In a food processor, combine soaked dates, almond butter and coconut oil and blend until a
thick paste forms.
Add cacao powder, almond meal, hemp seeds, hemp protein and desiccated coconut, blend until it turns into a crumbly, doughy consistency.
Roll into balls, coat in hemp seeds and store in the fridge for up to 1 week or freeze for a ready to go snack!