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Cocao Power Balls

You know those moments when you have a craving for chocolate? For me it is usually mid afternoon, that lull part of the day. Or just before teaching a class, when I need a pick-me-up and energy boost. So I created these beauties to help me, as I’m kind I thought I would share 😉 Now who wants one?

Dietitian UK: Cocao Power balls 2

Note: these are delicious and easy to make, but you do get messy hands!

Packed with nuts and dried fruit I find these great to grab 1 of as I’m on my way to teach a class. My children like them as part of their pudding calling them “chocolate balls”.

Miss K: “Mummy can I have more of those chocolate balls? I wasn’t sure about them on first bite but they are scrummy”

Shall I tell her they don’t actually have chocolate in them?

Dietitian UK: Cocao Power balls

Cocao Power Balls
Yields 8
A power packed healthy treat with that chocolatey hit.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
119 calories
17 g
0 g
5 g
3 g
1 g
31 g
1 g
8 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
31g
Yields
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 119
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 1mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 17g
6%
Dietary Fiber 2g
10%
Sugars 8g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 100g dates
  2. 75g nuts
  3. 60g oats
  4. 2 tsp cocao powder
  5. 1 tbsp water
Instructions
  1. Blitz the nuts in a coffee grinder or chop them into small pieces with a sharp knife. I use the nuts and seeds grinder on my Kenwood Chef. I used a mixed of walnuts, hazelnuts and cashews.
  2. Remove the nuts and place in a bowl.
  3. Now blitz up or finely chop the dates, add a splash of water if needed to help as they are sticky!
  4. Add to the nuts and mix in the cocao and a little water if needed to help it all bind. You can pop it in a stand mixer at this point and save your arms.
  5. Roll into small balls and you are done!
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calories
119
fat
5g
protein
3g
carbs
17g
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Dietitian UK https://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Homemade “healthier” raw chocolate

I went on a conference a whilst ago and was served the most amazing RAW chocolate. It completely intrigued me so I of course asked for the recipe and then promptly filed it away for a later inspired moment. That moment came when I wanted to make some yummy, healthy inspired treats for my Pilates with Priya: “Pimp Your Pelvic Floor” course. Yes really. 

OH MY DAYS. This may mean I don’t buy chocolate every again. 

Well that’s a bit ambitious but it really is a great replacement for the bought version. I love 70%-85% dark chocolate. This bites the bullet. 

Nutritionally this isn’t that different to other shop bought high quality dark chocolate brands. However it is easy, therapeutic and fun to make, plus you can make it your own adding in flavours ….. the perfect gift for friends or a treat at the end of a dinner party perhaps?

Is it healthy? Well I rank it as healthier than milk chocolate and a little of what you like is definitely good 🙂 Cacao is a good source of antioxidants and contains magnesium. So as an alternative to chocolate this is a good way to go. Remember… all things in moderation 😉

 

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RAW Healthier Chocolate
Serves 6
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141 calories
6 g
36 g
14 g
0 g
9 g
24 g
2 g
6 g
1 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
24g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141
Calories from Fat 119
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
21%
Saturated Fat 9g
43%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 36mg
12%
Sodium 2mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 6g
2%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 6g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
8%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
0%
Iron
0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 100g/1cup Raw Cacao Powder
  2. 100g Cacao Butter
  3. 2 tbsp honey
Instructions
  1. Place the chopped cacao butter and powder in a bowl over a pan of hot water.
  2. Stir and allow it to melt gently and slowly.
  3. Add the honey in and stir well.
  4. Add in any additional flavours and stir.
  5. Pour into a baking tray, lined pot or small moulds and leave in the fridge to set for a couple of hours.
Try adding
  1. a twist of sea salt
  2. dried cranberries
  3. ginger
  4. raspberries
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calories
141
fat
14g
protein
0g
carbs
6g
more
Dietitian UK https://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/