Breakfast, Sweet, Snacks

Cacao & Orange Crunch Balls

Its everyman for himself when it comes these delicious morsels. Every time I make a batch, they are gone within 48hrs. Just this morning I opened the box to find one single lone one left! I highly recommend double batching because believe you me these are highly addictive and should come with a warning!!!

Like most of my recipes, adaption is a key component, I used a blend of nuts and seeds in this recipe, for added nutritional value, however, feel free to use a mix of whatever varieties you have on hand. I also opt in for raw cacao powder rather than cocoa for increased nutritional value and its less processed. However regular cocoa powder will taste as equally delicious.

Orange is essential, the nutrients in the zest far out way the flesh, and where possible I add zest to as many of meals as possible. From dressings to smoothies and of course baked goods.

What gives the balls extra crunch is the use of cacao nibs, they are relatively inexpensive and readily available. I highly recommend including them for the crunch and nutrients. They also contain compounds that can increase serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, win win!

I also included some protein powder, but again you do not need to. The only bran

SERVES:
approx 24 balls

Ingredients

1/3 cup raw almond

1/3 pumpkin seeds

1/3 cup sunflower seeds

10 medjool dates

¼ cup cacao nibs

3 tbs cacao powder or cocoa powder

Zest of 1 orange

Juice approx. ½ orange

3 tbs protein powder I used vanilla super blend from Form

1 tsp ground cinnamon

6 cardamon pods seeds removed and ground or ready ground (optional)

½ tsp sea salt/Himalayan salt

Instructions

  1. Add everything to a food processor minus the orange juice and blitz to combine for a couple of minutes. Add the orange juice bit by bit until it clumps into a big dough ball.
  2. Roll into walnut sized ball, about 12. Dust in extra cacao powder if you wish.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. They will last a good week; however I promise they will be gone in days!

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