There is nothing more delicious than formulating and tasting a gorgeous new healthy treat and this rich orange chocolate delight is a winner!
Unlike your regular shop bought chocolate treat, which spikes blood sugar levels and then betrays you to the energy crash and burn, this chocolaty morsel is packed with energy sustaining nutrition. Nuts, coconut oil and ground flax provide healthy fats to the brain and body including the anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids. These healthy fats provide satiety and energy and generally send the message to your brain and body that you are being nourished. This is important information for the body as it helps it to “switch off” adrenalin and cortisol production. These are our flight or flight hormones and can cause our bodies to switch from burning fat for fuel, to laying it down as a store for stressful times., Chocolate itself has also performed very favourably in clinical trails recently where it has been demonstrated to increases satiety and helps prevent cravings for salty and sweet foods. Chocolate has also been shown to increase serotonin levels, thus improving mood, whilst reducing objective measures of stress. Good news for chocoholics such as myself! This means that these balls with their healthy fats and chocolate would be perfect for weight loss. Only one remember! I used raw cacao paste in this recipe from the Giddy YoYo brand but it would be equally as delicious made with a good quality organic fair-trade cocoa powder.
The sweetness in this treat comes from plump, medjool dates, rich in iron and fibre and maple syrup or honey which are both less harsh on the body than processed sugar.
The zest and juice of an orange really lift this little delicacy to another level and it has another beauty, in that it only takes 10-15 minutes to make. Grind the nuts and dates using a food processor or even clean coffee grinder, before getting in deep and dirty with the hands to mix in the other ingredients and mould the balls. Heck! Get a kid to help you out with that.
I keep these little beauties in a ziplock bag in the fridge or freezer as I am keen to protect all the powerful nutrition locked inside and they also go into a lunchbox as an edible ice-pack.
- 1 cup macadamia nuts
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup coconut shredded.
- 4 tbsp ground flax
- 6 tbsp raw cacao paste or organic cocoa powder
- 7 medjool dates
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 4tbsp coconut oil
- zest of 1 orange
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 2tbsp maple syrup or honey
- In a food processor, blender or coffee grinder, grind the nuts to a sand like rubble. Do not let them go to far and become a nut butter.
- Blend the dates until they are a soft pulpy ball.
- Put all blended ingredients into a large bowl.
- Add all other ingredients and mix with the hands until thoroughly combined.
- Using the hands form into balls and place on a tray lined with parchment paper.
- Chill in the freezer before loading into a ziplock bag to store.
- Keep on hand for lunch boxes, post work-out nutrition or chocolate cravings!
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