chocolate peppermint coconut date balls
I don't really eat much choc-mint combos but since it's the new year, it feels appropriate to start afresh with something that isn't normally up my alley.
I didn't set many resolutions for this year other than to keep choosing and dancing from my heart. To keep moving deeper into self love and acceptance. I know if I stick this one intention, everything else will fall into place, and weird and wonderful things will cross my path, like these choc-mint coconut-dusted date balls - a recipe I actually made up on the spot! They turned out well-decent.
If a Bounty Bar had a baby with Peppermint Crisp and the baby decided to fuck the system, this would be it.
Let's get off to an alive and kicking start this 2017 with some nutritious, addictive, and nom-worthy energy bites thanks to some power-packed ingredients.
Peppermint essential oil: Peppermint essential oil gives off a cooling and calming sensation when used on the body, relieving sore muscles when applied topically. It can also help freshen bad breath, soothe digestive issues, improve mental focus and boost energy.
Raw cacao: Known as the "drink of the gods" by the Incas, raw cacao increases energy and your bliss, boosts immunity and improves memory. Always ensure you have it in raw form though. Yes, I know it's a tad expensive but raw cacao has nearly four times the antioxidant content of regular processed processed dark chocolate. And while you may not be eating processed chocolate bars often, refrain from adding whey or dairy to your raw cacao smoothie, as milk for baby cows actually block the absorption of antioxidants in chocolate. Stick to raw brah.
Goji berries: Now this was a hella trendy fruit back in 2014. Luckily it still hasn't lost its edge even if avocado roses and star-cut bananas have taken center stage. But despite its recent burst into the mainstream, it has actually been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years, known as the "wolfberry fruit". Just accept that you can never be first in trend setting when the Chinese are around. Belonging to the Solanaceae plant family, goji berries are some distant cousins with potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and chilli peppers. Pop some bright reds for a high protein snack, extra fiber, over 20 different vitamins and minerals, and a wealth of antioxidants.
and Chia seeds: Originally grown in Mexico, "chia" means “strength” in the Mayan language, as they were known to fuel the runners and warriors during long distances or during battle. They are rich in fiber, omega-3 fats (more than salmon btw), protein, vitamins and minerals, including calcium, potassium, iron, iodine and magnesium, and they are a rich source of anti-oxidants. Sprinkle them seeds all over.
1 cup medjool dates
1 cup mixed nuts (I used pecans and cashews)
1/3 cup goji berries
1/4 cup activated buckwheat
3 tbsp raw cacao
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp cacao nibs
1 drop peppermint essential oil (and when I say 1 drop I mean it! Essential oil is very potent!).
2-3 tbsp water (as needed)
Desiccated coconut shreds
1. Chop the dates and nuts roughly.
2. Throw everything together in a food processor, adding water gradually as needed.
3. Blend until it forms a solid ball, resembling the texture of dense clay.
4. Sprinkle some desiccated coconut on a plate.
5. Roll into the date ball mixture into ball shapes, spreading the desiccated coconut evenly over the balls.
6. Store in an airtight container.