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My cacao brainy balls

For much of my professional life, I snacked on chocolate biscuits or crisps to get me through the day – not realizing they were sending my blood sugar soaring and crashing. Although I created this quick and easy recipe with busy professionals in mind, it’s perfect for anyone who wants a delicious snack that will keep their energy up and focus sharp.

The walnuts, pumpkin and chia seeds will not only keep you feeling full but also boost your brain (and help your skin glow). The cacao powder is a natural mood-lifter as well as a wonderful source of health-protecting flavanols, which also improve cognitive function.  Give it a go and let me know how you get on!

Recipe

Makes about 25 balls.

200g Medjool dates
150g walnuts
50g raw cacao powder
25g pumpkin seeds
25g chia seeds

1. Blitz everything in a food processor.

2. Take a tablespoon of the mixture and shape into a ball. Repeat until all the mixture is used up. (If there are any bits of seeds or nut which are left from the mixture, just mop them up into the ball as you would with Play-Doh).

3. Leave in the fridge for a few hours to set.

4. Enjoy!

Keep in an airtight container in the fridge.

Comments

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Claire Sinyor 28th March 2018 Reply

these really sound so good like you to make me some that is if you have time 2 will do xx

Suzy 29th March 2018 Reply

Will do! xx

Viviane Levy 29th March 2018 Reply

I have done these, but without the pumpkin seeds. Sounds good and healthy to add them. I sometimes dip the balls in bittersweet melted chocolate and call them truffles!

Suzy 29th March 2018 Reply

Ooh what a fab idea Viviane – truffles sounds quite a bit posher than balls!

Michael Scott 23rd April 2018 Reply

My friend and work colleague at the University of York made some of these over the weekend and brought them into work for us to try today. They were really good and were very impressive. They give you energy to last the day. They were a real Office hit in the Student and Academic Support Office at Health Sciences York today. They are very easy to make and are really tasty. Well done for the idea.

Suzy 24th April 2018 Reply

That’s so lovely to hear Michael. Thanks for sharing and I’m glad they gave you lots of energy!

Cassia 1st May 2018 Reply

If I’m trying to lose weight through LCHF diet I guess I shouldn’t try out these balls yet – insofaras the dates give them quite a high sugar content? Will keep them in mind for a treat if and when I achieve the weight loss!! Have managed nearly 4 weeks – weighed 10 & a half stone at the start (I’m only 5ft 2 so BMI a bit too high).

Suzy 1st May 2018 Reply

Hope you’re feeling well on your LCHF diet Cassie. Good luck with it!

Sue 8th May 2018 Reply

Do the dates act differently than sugar? I, like you, react to sugar and my blood sugar soars and then crashes. I just wondered how do dates differ than adding sugar?

Suzy 8th May 2018 Reply

Hi Sue, I don’t get a crash with these because the fat and protein slow the release of sugar.

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