Chocolate Orange Balls
Christmas is around the corner and that means a lot of different things for everyone. I love the joy and happiness surrounding the festive season. The time spent with family and friends, the decorations, music and of course good food! There’s often a lot of unhealthy food at this time of year too. Lot’s of processed sweets containing processed sugars and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), industrial seed oils, preservatives, food colouring and all sorts of weird ingredients. I remember going overboard on all these sweet foods every season and feeling not so good come the new year.
My blood sugar was all over the place, I was fatigued, bloated, my skin broke out, and my sleep was terrible. When I eat clean, whole foods I feel so much better and also don’t feel the need to binge on these real food treats. That’s why I like to make my own homemade treats. I Like knowing whats in them and can make them out of whole food ingredients that contain nutrients rather than nutrient robbers. Your body uses nutrients to process and digest anything you put into it so if you’re feeding it foods that are void of nutrients you will develop nutrient deficiencies.
Magnesium is a mineral that becomes depleted when you consume sugar. In fact for every molecule of sugar you consume it takes 28 molecules of magnesium for your body to process it. Magnesium is involved in several hundred enzymatic activities in the body. It is considered the “anti-stress” mineral and deficiencies can be linked to anxiety, insomnia, hyperactivity, osteoporosis, premenstrual syndrome, menstrual pain, kidney stones, muscle cramps, fatigue, arrhythmias, atherosclerosis, autism, bronchial asthma and epilepsy.
As you know from previous chocolate posts, cacao powder is a great source of magnesium. The cashews and dates in the recipe also contain a good amount of magnesium. The best source of magnesium though, are your leafy greens like kale, swiss chard, spinach, and collard greens. So don’t forget to eat the greens before you make these Chocolate Orange Balls!
These are good cold or warm and can be left out on the counter. I suggest storing them in the fridge though.
- 3/4 c medjool dates
- 1/2 c cashews
- 3 tbsp coconut flakes
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 1/2 tsp orange zest
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of himalayan rock salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- sesame seeds
- hemp seeds
- raw cacao powder
- coconut flakes
- Pit the dates and add them to a food processor with the remaining ingredients. Process until mixture resembles crumbs and sticks together when you press on it.
- Roll into small bite sized balls. I made 21 balls with my batch.
- Wet hands with water and smooth each ball then roll in toppings of choice. I used sesame seeds, hemp seeds, cacao powder and coconut flakes. Wetting your hands helps the toppings stick better to the chocolate orange balls.