CACAO BLISS BITES
Hi my name is Amelia Whelan and I'm addicted to Cacao.
I mean it. I seriously feel so strongly abut high quality, Raw, Cold Pressed Cacao. Powder, Nibs, Beans, I love it all. I never had much of a raging sweet-tooth growing up. But, since transitioning to a high raw plant based diet, I noticed instantly how satisfied I was by sweet foods (fresh and dried fruits especially!) During my final year of High School, and first year of college, I became reliant on coffee. Iced, Hot or Frozen and blended into some frappa-whatever. I wasted too much money on overpriced lattes and espressos on campus, and began to associate coffee with social settings. Meeting a friend, study partner or date (and when I say "date" I probably mean going to cafes alone) for coffee seemed all too familiar. I began to feel tired, lathargetic and moody in the mornings if I didn't get my coffee fix ASAP. My morning schedule revolved around when I could make coffee or where I could buy a cup on the go. It was not until I met with a holistic nutritionist for the first time that I realized how adverse and damaging coffee was to my entire body and life.
Coffee increases catecholamines, which translates to the stress hormones in your body. The stress response immediately releases cortisol and increases insulin. For those of you who may not know, Insulin increases inflammation, which makes us often feel bloated, fatigue and down-right lousy. I took research upon my own hands and realizes that the acidity of coffee is associated with digestive discomfort. Which usually means indigestion, heart burn, gastric reflux and dysbiosis (which causes imbalances in your gut flora). Coffee is usually heated at exceptionally high temperatures and causes long term damage to our adrenal glands - known as "adrenal fatigue."
Once I was introduced to SunFood cacao powder, I knew that my addiction (yes, Addiction! Like Cocaine, Nicotine and Tobacco) to coffee was long gone in the past. These cacao balls remind me of chewy chocolate truffles. They're rich, provide me with ample amounts of energy, and are entirely raw and health-inducing. As mentioned in previous blog posts, this recipe does involve a food dehydrator. If you do not have a food dehydrator that is totally fine! A fridge or freezer usually does the trick.
The only rule when preparing these incredible sweet treats is: when you do decide to test these babies out in the kitchen, you have to make extra and express over-night ship them to me, here on O'ahu. I'm serious. I mean that.
Enjoy! Hope these Cacao Bliss Bites are as awesome as the people you enjoy them with.
Here are some of the super-foods you will find in this recipe. As per usual, all of these powders can be purchased with my own discount code here:
Cacao - Cacao pods, which grow on Cacao trees has been revered for centuries by cultures such as the Aztec and Mayan. Cacao has been used for medical and preventative health purposes for hundreds of years.. Cacao is filled with energy-boosting nutrients and minerals. Raw cacao contains magnesium which contributes to normal bone health and healthy immune function. Cacao is also one of the few foods which allows for successful absorption of copper and manganese in our bodies. It is also high in selenium and potassium.
- Maca - Maca is a root vegetable grown in the Peruvian Andes. Maca powder is sacred to the Incas and has been used as a food and medicine in South America for hundreds of years. It is well known for its ability to help enhance strength and endurance. It is said that Incan warriors would often consume maca before long journeys or battles. Maca is high in magnesium, potassium and calcium.
Shilajit - This organic plant material preserved by the darkness and the pressure of the Himalaya Mountains contains iron, fulvic acid, calcium, magnesium and selenium. As the sun's rays heat the Himalayan Mountains, the snow melts and a heavy shilajit resin begins to seep from rock crevices. This resin is then collected by local farmers, dried and ground into a fine smoke-flavored powder. Shilajit contains high levels of fluvial acid, humic acid and triterpenes. It is a rich source of minerals and promotes anti-aging, blood purification as well as increased libidio. Whoop whoop!
- Coconut Oil - Coconut Oil consists of over 90% raw saturated fat in the form of beneficial medium chain triglycerides. These triglycerides are used as an energy source in our bodies, unlike long chain triglycerides which are typically found in animal products, highly refined vegetable oils and other processed-fatty foods. It is by far one of the healthiest oils on the planet. The oil is produced when the coconut flesh is low-temperature dried and cold-pressed. Coconut oil has been for hundreds of years in diet, hygenic health and skin care!
(Makes 8-12 Bliss Bites)
10-15 Organic Medjool Dates (Pitted!)
2 Dried Turkish Figs
3 Tbsp. Cacao Powder
2 Tsp. Maca Powder
1 Tbsp. CoconuT Oil
1/4 TSP. ShilAjit Powder
optional: Solar Dried Himalayian Pink Salt
EXTRA CACAO POWDER
In a high speed blender, blend all ingredients until smooth. Sometimes I turn the blender off right before every single chunk is gone, because I enjoy these bliss bites with a chewier texture. Scoop out all "dough" and roll into small balls with your hands. If you'd like, you can sprinkle the bites with a little Himalyalan Pink Salt, Cinnamon, Extra Cacao or Vanilla Bean Powder (Which is my personal favorite!). Place balls on parchemnt paper and dehydrate for 4-6 hours on 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
if you do not have a dehydrator you can pop these babies in the fridge for 1 hour, or in the refrigerator overnight! This helps the bliss bites to harden and maintain their chew factor!