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Nutty Cocoa Bliss Balls

Nutty Cocoa Bliss Balls




Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dates, pitted and soaked in warm water for 10 minutes

  • 1 cup mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, and walnuts work well)

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • A pinch of sea salt

  • 2-3 tablespoons water (if needed)

Instructions:

  1. Drain the soaked dates and place them in a food processor.

  2. Add the mixed nuts to the food processor with the dates.

  3. Process the dates and nuts until they are finely chopped and well combined.

  4. Add the unsweetened cocoa powder, shredded coconut, chia seeds, vanilla extract, and a pinch of sea salt to the mixture in the food processor.

  5. Process again until all the ingredients are well mixed. The mixture should have a sticky consistency.

  6. If the mixture is too dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time and process until it reaches the desired consistency.

  7. Once the mixture is ready, scoop out small portions and roll them into bite-sized bliss balls using your hands.

  8. Roll the bliss balls in extra shredded coconut or cocoa powder for an extra coating, if desired.

  9. Place the bliss balls on a baking sheet or plate and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes too firm up.

  10. Once chilled, your Nutty Cocoa Bliss Balls are ready to enjoy! Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Health Benefits of Nutty Cocoa Bliss Balls

These Nutty Cocoa Bliss Balls are not only delicious but also packed with health benefits thanks to their whole food ingredients:

  1. Rich in Fiber: Dates, nuts, and chia seeds are high in fiber, promoting digestive health and helping you stay fuller for longer.

  2. Good Fats: Nuts are a great source of healthy fats, including monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are heart-healthy and can help reduce bad cholesterol levels.

  3. Antioxidants: Cocoa powder is rich in antioxidants, which can help fight inflammation and protect cells from damage.

  4. Energy Boost: The natural sugars in dates provide a quick energy boost without the need for added sugars.

  5. Minerals: Nuts and chia seeds are excellent sources of minerals like magnesium, which is essential for muscle and nerve function, and calcium, which is crucial for strong bones.

  6. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Chia seeds are a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids, which support brain health and reduce inflammation.

  7. Portion Control: Bliss balls are a convenient way to practice portion control while satisfying your sweet tooth.

  8. No Added Sugars: This recipe relies solely on the natural sweetness of dates, making it a healthier alternative to store-bought sweets with added sugars.

These Nutty Cocoa Bliss Balls are the perfect guilt-free snack to keep you energized and satisfied throughout the day while providing numerous health benefits from their nutrient-dense ingredients. Enjoy them as a wholesome treat whenever you need a quick and nutritious pick-me-up!

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