Today I have a healthy chocolate delicacy for you, with fresh and nutritious ingredients. Chocolate balls with bee pollen, dried figs, dates, tahini, almonds, cocoa and cacao nibs. These balls can be prepared very quickly, they do not require baking, and are perfect for a rushed breakfast, since they give extra energy. They are, however, ideal as a healthy snack, due to fiber contained. Rich in nutrients, healthy fats, fiber, protein and antioxidants, these balls do not contain refined sugar and are rich in chocolate. It is soft and moist and as sweet as they should be.
For the beneficial properties of bee pollen, we talked in the previous article. Tahini, which is derived from sesame seeds, has a high nutritional value. Just 28 g. of sesame offer ¼ the required daily amount of calcium, significant value of vegetable proteins, and vitamins, especially B-complex and vitamin E. Moreover, sesame offers very nutritious polyunsaturated fatty acids which the human body cannot synthesize and has rich antioxidant properties. It contains minerals and micronutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.
Regarding cacao nibs, they are the cocoa beans that have been roasted, have been separated from their shell, and have been break into smaller pieces. It’s more “flexible” than the chocolate, because they are not so sweet. They have nothing to do with the chocolate drops we can find in the market. Some consider that they have a bitter taste, others believe they are not so bitterly. At the same time, they have a slightly sweet, bold and strong chocolate flavor. Most important, however, is that cacao nibs are rich in minerals, antioxidants and contain little fat. We’ll talk in more detail about this in a next post.
Now let’s see the recipe:
Preparation time: 45 minutes
Servings: 20 to 22 balls
- 6 dried figs, cut into small pieces
- 8 dates, pitted, cut into small pieces
- 7 tablespoons tahini
- 3 tablespoons honey *
- 20ml strong coffee of your choice (not hot)
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup almond flour
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, preferably organic
- ½ teaspoon vanilla powder, preferably organic
- 2-3 tablespoons cacao nibs, crushed
- 2-3 teaspoons of pollen
Place the chopped fruits and all remaining ingredients up to vanilla in the bowl of food processor and mix well.
Place the dough in a bowl and add the crushed cacao nibs and pollen. Mix by hand or with a spatula until they merge with the other materials.
The consistency must be such as to roll up in balls. If you are not satisfied with the consistency of your dough, add a little more coffee if you want it more solver, or a little more oats or almond flour, if you want them more dry.
If you want, you can sprinkle the balls with some more bee pollen.
So roll your balls and place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. They are ready to enjoy them! During summer keep your balls in the refrigerator.
- Vegans: instead of honey, you can use maple or agave syrup.
Recipe adapted from Happy Healthy Hunters.
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