According to a 2012 study by Leatherhead Food Research, Uk is the third of the top 20 chocolate consuming nations with a Per Capita chocolate consuption of 9,5Kg per year.
Considering that a regular chocolate bar is around 40-45 grams, this means that each person consumed almost 220 bars over the course of one year!
Despite not being on those levels, I have to admit that often I have chocolate cravings, especially now that I am pregnant. However, because I have completely removed caffeine and chocolate from my diet, I am coping with these cravings eating these yummy Raw Cacao Energy Balls.
This recipe is really quick and simple to make, my suggestion is to prepare quite a few of them as you can store them in the fridge for up to 10 days.
Raw Cacao Energy Balls Ingredients
- 1 cup almonds
- ¼ cup walnuts (or any other preferred nut)
- 5 medjool dates, pitted
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp water
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon of hemp protein powder
- 1 tablespoon of maca powder
In a food processor blend the almonds and walnuts until they form a fine meal. Add all the other ingredients and blend until it comes together in a firm dough-like mix. If it is too dry, add a little more coconut oil.
Roll the mixture into small balls, either using an ice-cream scoop or your hands. If preferred, roll the balls in the cacao or seeds.
What we need when we crave chocolate? I found this table on Pinterest, showing what we should eat when we have food cravings.
Food Cravings: What to Eat Instead