COCONUT + CACAO BLISS BALLS
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You've probably seen them at vegan cafes and speciality health food stores...sold for something like $2 a bite. I don't know about you, but that's a bit outrageous considering - these babies are NO BAKE, minimal ingredients, and ridiculously easy to make. They are my ABSOLUTE favorite snack, dessert, and mid day pick-me-up.
Energy dense, packed with fiber, natural sugars, potassium, manganese, magnesium, and the opportunity for plenty of other vitamins, minerals, and superfoods depending on what you decide to make them with.
These "bliss balls" actually live up to their name because one of the main ingredients is raw CACAO. Cacao contains a natural mood booster, anandamide. This bliss molecule creates a feeling of Euphoria in our bodies. In addition, cacao also contains another compound (PEA) which triggers a natural release of endorphins and pleasurable opium-like neurochemicals.
These often release naturally when we fall in love and during sexual activity.
Talk about a foodgasm.
so here's what we need:
a high powered blender or food processor
a dozen (or so) large pitted medjool dates
two heaping tablespoons of raw cacao powder
1 cup of shredded coconut
1 cup of raw cashews
some things to consider:
(feel free to add any nut butters instead of, or in addition to the cashews)
(I find cashews to be the best nuts for this actual recipe)
(add any and all superfoods: maca, lucuma, camu camu, goji, hemp, chia)
(oats are a yummy edition to these bliss balls as well as banana or frozen berries)
(the dates are already so sweet, you won't need any extra sweeteners)
AND THE FUN PART:
add everything into a high speed blender or food processor and blend until mixed and combined into a sticky mixture.
(leave aside 1/4 cup of shredded coconut for the next step!)
Form the mixture into balls and roll in coconut, goji berries,
more cacao, hemp seeds, or crushed nuts.
Whatever you're feelin'
or don't roll them into balls and just get straight to some serious blissness
pop the balls into the fridge (or my personal favorite - the freezer!)
they will stay good for about a week in an airtight container
(but if you get them to last that long, you've got some impressive self control...)