Raw Cacao Energy Balls (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free)
Meet my RAW CACAO ENERGY BALLS – delicious and quick to make 👌
There are lots of variations you can make/add to these (ie. different nuts, seeds or dried fruits). Get creative! And ladies – these are the perfect PMS treat.
I hear from my clients constantly about their chocolate and sugar cravings, especially around their period and trust me… I totally get it!
Hormonal changes, cramps, cravings, sore boobs, fatigue – oh what a joy it is to get your period!
Truth is, it doesn’t need to be this way and it SHOULDN’T be this way. If you’re having intense PMS symptoms, something is up girl!
Don’t just pop an advil and think it’s going to solve your problems. You have to PAY ATTENTION to your symptoms.
How long have you been experiencing discomfort around your cycle?
Has your flow changed – heavier, lighter, shorter, longer?
Are your cravings more intense or the same as before?
Are you stressed?
What are your sleep habits like?
Are you exercising and moving your body regularly?
What does your diet look like?
These are typical questions I ask my clients and questions you should be asking yourself.
This is where I do my investigative work. Assessing what micro and macro nutrients someone might be missing, what might be going on hormonally (ie. estrogen dominance, low progesterone, high cortisol), and really diving into lifestyle and environment changes.
It ALL can affect your hormones and it can ALL be fixed and managed with the right foods, the right supplements, and the right protocols.
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So where does chocolate fit into all of this?
Well… those damn cravings! They are bound to happen and being that you are human, you’re bound to want something sweet.
And here’s the thing – if you DON’T give into your cravings every now and again, you will go crazy! This can lead to an all out binge-fest, and that we don’t want!
I like to provide healthier ‘treat’ options for my clients. Treats that still contain good fats and nutrients, are sweet enough and chocolatey enough to support the cravings, and won’t completely derail you off your diet. That’s where these Energy Balls come in!
They’re loaded with magnesium which is great for cramps and contain tons of healthy fats and omegas which are great for fighting inflammation.
Okay now onto the recipe!
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 scoop collagen (I like the brand CanPrev)
- 12 pitted medjool dates soaked in water for 5 minutes to soften
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
Add all ingredients, except dates, into a food processor and pulse to break up the nuts and seeds.
Then add in dates and blend until mixture sticks together.
Using your hands, roll into balls and place onto a parchment lined dish.
Place in the fridge for 15 minutes to slightly harden.
These will last about 1 week in the fridge.
You can also roll them in coconut flakes or chopped pistachios
Enjoy and tag me in your delicious creations on Instagram @holisticwellnessfoodie!