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Raw Cacao Energy Bites

Nothing like a little bit of energy to perk you up during your day! Add some chocolate in the mix and you’re good to go!

If you follow me on social media and have cooked or baked up some of my recipes, then there’s a good chance you’re aware of the fact that I love cacao!

This unprocessed, raw and mineral rich superfood is a staple in my house. 

Best part is, cacao is one of the richest sources of Magnesium; a mineral we just don’t get enough of. 

Magnesium is involved in over 300 detoxification processes in our body, plus it helps to ease menstrual cramps and gives you a feeling of calm. I recommend taking magnesium before bed as it can help ease you into sleep. How great is that! A little cacao before bed never hurt anyone ๐Ÿ˜‰

I made these tasty energy bites this afternoon after my workout. They have the perfect amount of natural sugars, plant based protein and healthy fats to refuel my body after a sweat session. 

Post workout, mid afternoon, or perhaps a sweet treat in the evening, these delicious bites can be enjoyed many times throughout your day ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus, they are perfect for kids! If you’re looking for a nut-free version, you can swap the walnuts for pumpkin seeds, or use a mixture of pumpkin and sunflower seeds. 

Get creative with this recipe. Add in your other favourite super foods, or up the ante on the sweetness with some dried cranberries or goji berries. 

Let’s get un-baking! These bites are raw and take little time to make.

Raw Cacao Energy Bites
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup walnuts
  2. 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  3. 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  4. 1/4 cup raw cacao powder (I used giddy yoyo)
  5. 12 pitted medjool dates, (soaked in water for 5 minutes to soften)
  6. 1 tsp vanilla powder (I used giddy yoyo)
  7. 1/4 tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients, except dates, into a food processor and pulse to break up the nuts and seeds. Then add in dates and blend until mixture sticks together.
  2. Using your hands, roll into balls and place onto a parchment lined dish.
  3. Place in the fridge for 15 minutes to slightly harden.
  4. These will last about 1 week in the fridge.
Notes
  1. You can roll these into flaked coconut or cacao nibs for an extra boost!
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Valentines Day Treats for Your Sweetheart

Valentines Day treats do not need to be unhealthy.

Avoid the unnecessary sugars, unhealthy fats, and poor quality chocolate (cacao is the way to go!) and make your valentine something sweet in your own kitchen!

I love this recipe (adapted from Doug McNish Eat Raw Eat Well cookbook). It’s loaded with heart healthy fats (bonusโ€ฆFebruary is heart health month!), tons of minerals from rich cacao powder, and lots of antioxidants from sweet raspberries.

It’s simple to prepare and chances are they won’t last long!

Raspberry Cacao Hemp Heartsraspberry

Ingredients:

1.5 cups shelled hemp seeds (soak for 30 minutes, discard water)
2 cups organic raspberries (I used frozen)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup filtered water
1/4 cup melted coconut oil (melt over low heat till liquid)

Directions:
In a blender or food processor, combine hemp seeds, raspberries, cacao powder and maple syrup. Blend until smooth. Add water and coconut oil and continuing blending until smooth. Spread into a baking dish and freeze for 1-2 hours. Remove from freezer and let sit for 10 minutes to bring to room temperature. Cut into squares or hearts using a cookie cutter.

Looking for other Valentines Day recipe inspirations?

I’ve got you covered!

Check out my:

Chocolate Lover’s Massage Butter

Dark Chocolate Goji Bark

Almond Butter Cups

Enjoy!

 

Happy Valentines Day ๐Ÿ™‚
Samantha xoxo

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