On a recent trip to Costa Rica, we really enjoyed visiting a Cacao plantation. We received a wealth of knowledge from our talented guides on the life cycle of cacao fruits and the process of making cacao powder. Cacao powder has many nutritional benefits and is a rich source of iron, magnesium and calcium. We were surprised to find that cacao powder contains 40 times more antioxidants than blueberries! I absolutely love using cacao powder in raw desserts or simply enjoying a cup of vegan hot chocolate using cacao on cold evenings.

Cacao energy balls are the perfect bite-sized dessert that keep you satisfied without any added fats or sugars. The energy balls get their crunch from the nuts, fiber from oats, sweetness from dates, and omega-3’s from hemp seeds. They provide energy to the body, help in building lean muscle mass, and aid in weight management.

Whether you are looking for a quick snack on the run or a protein-packed after workout treat, these cacao energy balls are the perfect solution!

Recipe

Prep time:

Servings: 12-15 balls

Ingredients:

1/2 cup almonds

1/2 cup cashews

1 cup old fashioned oats

3/4 cup pitted and chopped medjool dates

2 tablespoon cacao powder

2 tablespoon hemp seeds

Pinch of sea salt

3-4 tablespoon water 

Directions:

  1. Take a food processor and add the almonds and cashews.
  2. Crush the nuts slightly by pulsing several times making sure to retain some texture for crunch.

  3. Add the chopped dates, oats, cacao powder, hemp seeds and sea salt.

  4. Pulse several times until everything is mixed. Add 3-4 tablespoons water to the mixture until the dough forms.

  5. Roll the dough into 12-15 balls and enjoy them now or keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator to last for the next week.

  6. You could also roll these enegy balls in superfood powders like pitaya, matcha for a colorful twist. Enjoy!