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I have an awesome recipe for you that’s easy, raw and chocolate! This is a special one since it comes from a fellow student I met online last fall.

In the fall of 2013 I became a Culinary Nutrition Expert through the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. The other students were some amazing people, all with the same passion for nutrition. One of those ladies is Michelle Vodrazka of Inspired Bodies. Recently she published an ebook, Smart Snacking for Sports, and I was able to test a recipe for her. She’s letting me share the recipe with y’all AND providing a promo code to get her book for 50% off which brings your cost to $6.50. That’s an awesome deal for these easy, yummy recipes! I’ve already tried some others and they’ve been great as well. She has great breakfast ideas, smoothies and even energy drinks all made from whole foods.

Use the code: ‘SnackSmarter’ until Sept 15th when you purchase the ebook here.

These were super easy to make. I just threw everything into my food processor. If you’re looking for a rich shot of chocolate that’s not overly sweet with a dose of maca (more on maca below), these are going to hit the spot. I found them addictive and had no trouble eating one after the other. The ones rolled in coconut are my favorite!

These will remind you of a truffle but they aren’t super sweet. So if you have a sweet tooth, these would be an awesome addition to your diet to help wean you off sugar. You won’t miss out on the rich chocolate taste and you’ll eliminate the bad effects of sugar. I took mine into the office to share with co-workers so they sat out all day and were fine. They didn’t melt but I would recommend storing them in the fridge.

In case you’ve never heard of maca, allow me to introduce this root: ‘It’s native to Peru and is good added in smoothies to boost energy, stamina, fertility, improve teeth and bones as well as sexual libido. It’s also known for strengthening the endocrine system, which is in charge of every gland in the body and can potentially affect digestion, brain function, the nervous system and sexuality.’*

Here’s the recipe! Comment below if you get a chance to try them.

Ingredients:

• 3/4 c raw cacao powder

• 1/4 c maca powder

• 1 c walnuts

• 1/2 c dates, soaked

• 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

• 1/2 tsp sea salt

• 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

• 2 tbsp organic agave nectar or maple syrup

• 1/4 c shredded coconut, for rolling

• 1/4 c toasted sesame seeds, for rolling

• 1/4 c cacao powder, for rolling

Instructions:

  1. Mix the first 9 ingredients in a food processor until a lightly textured dough forms.
  2. Shape into Ping-Pong sized balls then roll in either coconut, toasted sesame seeds or cacao powder (or make some of each).
  3. Chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes or store in the freezer to stop yourself from eating them all!.

 

Photo credit: Marianne Rothbauer with Michelle Vodrazka’s consent.

*Information on maca found here.

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