Today I am sharing with you all one of my most favorite little treats to make. As I said in my last post, I feel like everything that I put in my body should nourish it, not just fill me up. Even with this mindset, I still crave sweets and “bad”things. I try to maintain a balance of good for you and not so good for you by throwing in healthy food disguised as “junk” food. Even though I work hard to feed my family whole and unprocessed food, I also do not force everyone to maintain a super strict diet. Life happens and so do pizza Fridays, nights out, and social gatherings with delicious food. Plus, I don’t want my kids to feel deprived. I laughed at the contents of my grocery cart the other day that was overflowing with organic produce, all natural meat, organic whole milk, and Hot Pockets. Hey, I said balance, right? Sometimes after a super healthy meal I crave something just a little bad. I concocted this little ball of greatness to help me curb my chocolate cravings. If a batch of homemade brownies is lying around I won’t be able to resist them. Instead, I almost always have these chia balls made or at least have the ingredients on hand to whip up a batch in emergency situations. The dates are full of fiber and sweetness, the walnuts give it a rich nutty flavor, and the chia seeds are a healthy secret addition. They are so delicious, even my kids ask for them. I don’t feel bad at all eating one or two after a healthy dinner or giving them to the kids. I do, however, usually break out my best ninja moves to sneak one in hopes to elude their dog-like senses and keep them all for myself! Did I mention that these are super easy to make?! I hope you enjoy and share your comments below.
- 1 cup of raw walnuts
- 1 cup of pitted dates
- 1/4-1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
In a food processer, add the walnuts and chop into a fine powder and set aside in a separate bowl. Add your dates to the food processer and pulse until they are minced (pulsing is important as they can become too sticky and clump together). Now add your walnuts back in with your minced dates, add the cocoa powder (use more for extra fudgy taste), and lastly…add the chia seeds. Pulse until all the ingredients are well blended. It will be a little dry, so add a tablespoon of water and pulse until the mixture is blended and just starting to clump. Roll approximately 2 tablespoons of the mixture into a ball and repeat for the remainder of the mixture. That’s it! They are ready to eat!
Until next time,