Cacao & Coconut Energy Balls {vg, gf}

You guessed it…time for some more energy balls! Who can’t do with some more energy? So I thought I’d come to your rescue with this ridiculously easy cacao & coconut energy balls! These babies look cute enough, but there are some serious superfoods hiding behind their humble appearance! And they are easy-peasy, requiring just a few minutes between meetings and a high-powered blender! Who is in?

While chocolate still suffers from a bad rap, cacao is actually one of the world’s superfoods par excellence. With 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries, raw organic cacao contributes to glowing skin and the prevention of disease. Everyone knows nowadays that a couple of squares of dark chocolate a day have heart-protecting properties. But cacao’s benefits don’t stop there. As the highest plant-based source of iron, it is the best antidote to that feared 3pm slump! Cacao is also sky-high in magnesium – the mineral modern nutritionists beleive we in the Western world are most deficient in! And with more calcium than cow’s milk it’s time we give cacao the green light! Dairy is so 2012. We have cacao & coconut energy balls!

Add to the mix Medjool dates, nature’s powerhouse chock-full of more magnesium, calcium, iron and other goodies, as well as oats (think healthy carbs and fiber) and flaxseed (omega 3s!), and it becomes clear why every bite of this deliciousness is pure goodness in a ball!

Happy rolling.

Cacao & Coconut Energy Balls
Cacao & Coconut Energy Balls
Cacao & Coconut Energy Balls

1 cup packed Medjool dates, soaked in hot water for an hour, well drained
1 cup oats, ground to a fine flour
1/3 cup raw cacao
1 tbsp flaxseed
half a cup shredded coconut for rolling

Process all ingredients except the coconut in a high-powered blender until the mixture comes together. Chill for 20 minutes, then roll into balls. Toss the coconut in a shallow bowl and roll the balls in it.

Enjoy! 

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