Raw Chocolate Almond Vitality Balls

July 25, 2017homemade
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This snack is a true treasure, to the palate and the body!  The shredded coconut meat, along with the coconut oil, help the body access and use stored fats for energy.  It is also high in lauric acid, which helps bring balance to the intestinal flora.  The coconut and the almonds boost the protein profile, making this a snack that will satisfy your hunger and keep you energized for a while!   The bar is sweetened naturally with dates, and flavored with real vanilla and sea salt — all adding their contributions to flavor, but also bring an impressive list of minerals and micronutrients that your body will love.  This may become a favorite!

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 Tbl Cacao Powder
  • 2 Tbl Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbl Almonds
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Meal
  • 1/4 Cup Medjool Dates
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut, shredded
  • 1/3 Tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1/3 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 4 Tbl Water

Directions

  • 1)

    Coarsely chop some of the almonds and dates. Set aside.

  • 2)

    Combine all other ingredients into a food processor.

  • 3)

    Blend thoroughly, adding water to bind and create a smooth consistency.

  • 4)

    Remove from processor and add the coarsely chopped dates and almonds.

  • 5)

    Put this glob of ingredients onto a baking sheet or pie tin, pre-coated with coconut oil.

  • 6)

    Press the “dough” evenly to create a ¼-½ inch thick layer. (Alternatively, you can roll and form small amounts of “dough” into small 1” balls.)

  • 7)

    Put into fridge or freezer. Cut the layer into three pieces.

  • 8)

    TO SERVE: Ready to eat directly from the fridge or freezer! Tasty as is, or alongside some fruit! Delightful and sustaining!

13 Comments

  • Anna Rakoczy

    October 9, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    I made these the other day and they were so delicious & satisfying! Check out my photos in our Facebook group:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154806700622595&set=pcb.1517328405028590&type=3&theater&ifg=1

  • Janice Suggs

    August 25, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Could I use almond flour in place of almond meal?

    1. homemade

      August 25, 2018 at 8:09 pm

      Absolutely Janice! They are the same thing 🙂

  • Tammy

    September 19, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Does anyone have the carb count ?

    1. Maddy Kuhn

      September 19, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      Hi Tammy,
      Thanks for reaching out! We don’t actually track the calorie, fat or carb of our recipes. The reason is because tracking calories, carbs etc is not sustainable, easy – or fun! – for most people! And research shows that it does not lead to lasting results for over 99% of dieters. Instead, we teach our Members a new way of cooking & eating for Nourishment and Satisfaction, where you get to eat the foods you love, until you are satisfied – and discover a healthy eating lifestyle you never want to stop! This is what works for long term results, and our Members LOVE the freedom of never having to count another calorie or carb ever again. Our recipes are fast, easy to make, nourishing and naturally low in carbs, calories and sugar compared to most processed food or convenience food options. We’ve helped thousands of members to lose weight and manage or reverse conditions ranging from diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and many more. If you do need track nutrients for a specific medical condition, you can enter our ingredients into a tool like this: https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp. Hope this helps!

  • Sona

    February 16, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I do something similar, but much easier for me – I stuff the Mejdool dates with 1 or 2 salted or not, almonds, dip in 50% chocolate and coconut oil, dry on parchment paper and sprinkle with no sugar coconut flakes, place in freezer then store in the fridge. These dated come out perfect Christmas gifts.
    I wonder how different it tastes than the above recipe?????
    I’m 73 years old, a pescetarian and I’m sure that there are thousands whose life will be changed when cooking at home. It is a wonderful idea that men, women and teenagers need to learn and get up, do their own cooking.

    1. Maddy Kuhn

      February 16, 2019 at 5:40 pm

      Hello Sona! We have another decadent dessert recipe that is very similar to the one you describe. The main ingredient components are all very similar so I would image the taste is similar as well. Great minds think alike! I’m so glad to hear that you to believe that cooking at home can help change the lives of people. We are honored to be part of that movement and truly enjoy hearing the success and happiness that many of our members gain by taking control of their health and lives in the kitchen. Thank you for your support! Warmly, Katy

  • Carol Hayward

    February 24, 2019 at 12:11 am

    Is vanilla essence the same as extract?

    1. Maddy Kuhn

      February 25, 2019 at 1:51 am

      Hi Carol, great question! Pure vanilla extract is an all natural product made my soaking vanilla bean pods in a water mixture. Vanilla essence is typically a synthetic vanilla flavoring and is usually much more affordable than pure vanilla extract. They can certainly be used in place of one another. Extract has a stronger flavor the essence. If you need 1 Tsp of extract, substitute with 2 Tsp of essence. Hope this helps! Warmly, Bailee

  • I would like to see a granola bar for breakfast I don’t like all the chocolate and I don’t like cooked oatmeal Is there a way to get my oatmeal baked in a granola bar?

    February 25, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Oatmeal is not my favorite breakfast food…is there another granola type breakfast bar without chocolate!!?
    Have CKD

    1. Maddy Kuhn

      February 25, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      Hi! Happy to offer you some suggestions here. Our baked apricot bars might be a great option for you if you do not like oatmeal. However, typically oatmeal baked into bars is not a very noticeable flavor.:) You could also try our sweet and salty granola breakfast bars. You could substitute for the dark chocolate for additional dried fruits or berries. I would limit these bars to 2-3 a week as to not overdo it with the phosphorus:) Also check out our perfect breakfast ideas video for additional ideas. Warmly, Bailee

  • Jan

    March 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    My insulin requirements are based on the number of grams of carbs. I can usually do a good ballpark of how many grams in foods. However, when foods are mixed together like desserts, sauces, or other combo foods, i am at a disadvantage. Therefore I need to stick to plain single ingredient foods or look on the box if there is a nutrition label. I have over/underestimated carb grams enough times with serious results that I’m not willing to use recipes where I can’t get the number of carb grams.

    1. Maddy Kuhn

      March 18, 2019 at 10:12 pm

      Hello Jan! We understand that straying from systems that you are used to can seem scary. We don’t include carb or calorie counts with our recipes, as we rely more on our cook, eat, and listen principles. We understand that this is not for everyone. Should you want to calculate nutrients for any of our recipes you can use an app or website like myfitnesspal.com. Kudos to you for taking charge of your health and finding what works for you. You are your own best health advocate! Warmly, Katy

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