When a food is both healthy and tasty, it tops the charts! And chocolate, often praised for its antioxidant properties, can fit that description to a T. But be careful: while all chocolate is derived from the cacao plant, it is not all created equal. Cocoa powder, the most commonly found form, undergoes a high heat process destroying some of the plant’s beneficial properties. Take it up a notch by using raw cacao powder for making chocolate treats at home.

 

Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 40 bites

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups cashews
  • 2 cups dates
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¾ cup raw cacao powder
  • ½ tsp coconut extract
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut

Optional boost: ⅓ cup flax, hemp, or chia seeds

Team RESTORE recommends organic ingredients. If it’s labeled “organic,” that means the food is not genetically engineered or modified (“GMO”). If you are unable to source organic, we definitely recommend non-GMO. GMO foods are likely treated with herbicides, especially glyphosate, because they are engineered to resist it. (Glyphosate kills the weeds, but not the GMO crop.)

 

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Blend cashews in food processor or high speed blender until smooth consistency.
  2. Add the coconut oil and blend again.
  3. Slowly add in the dates (important to not add all at the same time).
  4. Next, add the cacao powder, coconut extract, sea salt, and optional boost if using. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  5. Lay down a piece of parchment or wax paper. Using your hands, begin rolling the mixture into small balls.
  6. Sprinkle the coconut onto the paper surface. Then, press and roll each ball to cover in coconut flakes. Store in the fridge and enjoy!

 

 

NUTRITION FACTS

Per Serving:

93 calories
6g total fat, 3g saturated fat
10g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 6g sugar
2g protein