Chocolate Superfood Energy Balls
What’s so great about these chocolate superfood energy balls, besides the delicious taste and texture? Well they’re packed with a bunch of awesome plant-power superfoods! We’re talking flax, walnuts, cacao, hemp protein, hemp seeds, chia seeds, ground flax and pure cinnamon. These chocolate bliss balls contain protein, fibre and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids plus packed with vitamins and antioxidants.
What puts the superfood in superfood energy balls? This chocolate combo include hemp seeds, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, ceylon cinnamon, raw walnuts, cacao powder and hemp protein powder. These ingredients offer a range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. All the good stuff!
Ceylon Cinnamon vs Regular Cinnamon
I used ceylon cinnamon (also called true or real cinnamon) in this recipe but if you don’t have any you can use regular cassia cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon contains more nutrition and has a slightly sweeter, more delicate flavour and is lighter in colour than regular cinnamon.
Most cinnamon you find in stores in cassia cinnamon, it’s much more common and less expensive than real cinnamon but you should be able to find real ceylon cinnamon at any well-stocked grocery store, natural food store or online.
Both work fine in this recipe you just won’t get the same nutritional benefits if you use regular cinnamon. I use regular cinnamon all the time, I just decided to use the good stuff for these balls! I like using ceylon cinnamon with dates for it’s ability to regular blood sugar. I also like that it’s high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It’s more expensive than regular cinnamon though, so I don’t always use it. You can use either or, I just wanted you to be aware there is a difference.
Cacao vs Cocoa Powder
Just like cinnamon, there is a big different between regular processed cocoa powder and cacao powder. I use cacao powder in recipes like this because I like it’s nutritional benefits. Cacao is contains iron and magnesium and is loaded with antioxidants. It’s one of my favourite superfoods.
That being said processed cocoa powder and cacao interchangeable, so use which ever one you prefer. I use cacao powder most of the time but it is more expensive than cocoa so sometimes I just use regular cocoa powder.
No-Bake Chocolate Superfood Energy Balls
Allllright. About these no-bake chocolate balls. Pulse the walnuts, add the rest of the goods, blend it all up, roll it into balls, let it sit in the freezer for a bit, roll in stuff if you feel like it, then eat them. You’ll need about 5 minutes to make them and about 1 second to devour them. Worth it. Every time.
Thanks to the natural sugars, protein and healthy fats these are awesome for before or after a workout. They’re also yummy enough for a healthy dessert or just a sweet treat anytime you feel like and are looking for a natural boost in energy. Try not to eat them all right way and you’ll have a stash of healthy snacks to eat all week!
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- Blend the walnuts for a minute or so until they’re broken down.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until a dough forms.
- Roll into approximately 16 balls and let them set in the freezer for a couple hours. These can be store in the fridge for at least a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- I rolled mine in a mixture of coconut sugar and cinnamon for an extra treat, totally optional. You could also roll them in hemp seeds, chia seeds, coconut or cacao powder.