I’ve gotten a bit off track with the old diet lately – been tempted by a few too many treats – and I’m feeling it. So, I’ve given myself a good talking to and gotten back into a more sensible eating regime. Knowing, however, that my sweet tooth tends to get the better of me (particularly when I’m stressed), I thought I’d whip up a batch of something sweet, but healthy, to get me through the rough spots.
They may not be the prettiest snacks on the block, but these Raw Chocolate Almond Balls sure pack a punch in terms of nutrition. Containing almonds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, tahihi, cinnamon and raw cacao, they are a protein and anti-oxidant power-house. Popping one or two of these a day when you get the munchies is the perfect way to satisfy the cravings and sustain your energy.
Thanks to Mind Body Green for this recipe. The good thing about it is that it’s pretty flexible. You can mix and match the seeds and nuts depending on what you have in the pantry. Don’t have almond butter? Use any other nut butter of your choice (I have to admit to adding a dollop of good old-fashioned peanut butter in the absence of a healthier version). Want to add some dried fruits? Go for it – try throwing in a few cranberries, goji berries or dried apricots. Don’t like the taste of stevia? Try some pure maple syrup or honey instead. You get the picture…
Just so you know, the mixture is quite dry. There’s nothing wrong with that per se, but if you prefer a slightly softer, chewier ball, try adding one or two Medjool dates – you’ll probably find they provide all the sweetening you need as well. Enjoy!
RAW CHOCOLATE ALMOND BALLS
Makes about 10
Ingredients: (This recipe uses Imperial measurements – click here for Unit Converter)
- 1/3 cup almonds
- 1 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- 3 tablespoons almond butter (or your preferred nut butter)
- 2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon stevia (or try pure maple syrup or honey instead)
- Optional: 1 or 2 Medjool dates
- Place all ingredients into a food processor and mix (I suggest you taste first before adding the sweetener so you can adjust the amount).
- Roll mixture into small balls, approximately 1 tablespoon per ball.
- Eat instantly or refrigerate.
Food Photography Info: Canon 550D (EOS Rebel T2i); Sigma 30mm 1.4 DC ‘Art’ lens / Natural lighting