Recipe: Bliss Balls with Acai, Cacao Nibs & Vanilla

Bliss Balls with Acai, Cacao Nibs & Vanilla | Vitanja

I’ve been a big fan of raw cacao powder for some time now. Recently however, I started using it in my superfood smoothie that I consume almost daily, and can I just tell you? I feel SOOOOOO good after drinking this (and during, of course)—and it tastes AMAZING. Sometimes when I get the urge to reach for some chocolate, I choose this healthy option instead. It satisfies my chocolate craving in a big way and powers my body with awesome energy and nutrients. How cool is that?

Ever wondered what is cacao powder and what are its benefits? Cacao natively comes from tropical areas of the Amazon and offers many amazing benefits. Cacao comes from the beans inside pods that grow on the Cacao tree. These beans are harvested and processed into cocoa products. If you want to know the difference between what is cacao and cocoa powder, then you might be surprised that it’s all in the way it’s processed.

Cacao powder is the raw version of cocoa. It is the least processed version of the two, which makes it more nutritious and packed with essential vitamins and minerals. It is considered a little bitter in taste, but the taste is something that is worth sacrificing if it means getting all of those nutritious qualities.

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Cacao is packed with flavonoids which are part of the polyphenol antioxidants family. What is cacao powder flavonoids useful for? Flavonoids benefit the body by looking after your body’s cardiovascular system and may help in reducing your risk of stroke, asthma, cancer and heart disease. For each gram of cacao, you will find 43.6 milligrams of flavonoids. Because cacao is packed with antioxidants, it also may help in reducing the effects of aging, helping you to stay more youthful and vibrant for longer. Antioxidants also have anti-inflammatory effects which can help with reducing inflammation and restore balance to your body.

Magnesium is essential for many of your body’s natural reactions. Cacao contains Magnesium – A magnesium deficiency can cause a rise in cholesterol, irregular heartbeat, muscle cramps, muscle weakness and fatigue. Magnesium has been known to help reduce sore muscles after a workout. This is because magnesium may help with managing neuromuscular signals and muscle contractions, along with helping to relax your muscle.

Let me know how you like my new version of the choco bliss balls. I added 2 more superfoods which makes them even more nutritious.

ingredients | 12 PIECES

Prep Time:

2 cups walnuts or pecan, activated
4 tbsp raw cacao powder
3 tbsp cacao nibs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp acai powder
1 tsp maca
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup dates, deseeded and chopped
3 tbsp raisins, chopped

Pulse all dry ingredients in a food processor to a coarse powder.
Add dates and raisins and process until sticky.
Shake into equally-sized balls by hand or use an ice cream spoon.

Recipe inspiration @sayurihealingfood 
Photos: Anja

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