Easy | Servings: 12 | Ready In: 10 minutes | Yield: about 24 balls
These Mayan Raw Cacao energy balls were inspired by a yoga retreat to Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Ingredients from the region like chia seeds, dates, cinnamon, and vanilla quickly come together. This makes a healthy, plant-based vegan snack. Pack a few in your lunchbox or your gym bag.
- 1 cup (200g) pitted dates
- 1/2 cup (56 g) sliced or whole almonds
- 1/2 cup (96 g) chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons (18 g) raw cacao powder
- Dash of ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoon brown rice flour or almond flour + 1 tablespoon cacao powder, for coating the balls
How It’s Done
To make the Mayan Raw Cacao Chia Energy Balls: Place the dates and almonds in a food processor. Pulse 20-30 times, until well-chopped. Add the remaining ingredients except the water: chia seeds, cacao powder, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Puree 20-30 seconds, until combined. With the food processor running, stream in the 1/2 cup of water. Remove the lid and check the consistency of the ball mixture. You want it to be wet enough to hold together, but dry enough not to stick. Add more water or cacao powder to adjust.
In a small bowl, combine the brown rice flour (or almond flour) and cacao powder. Portion about 2 teaspoons per ball. Roll between your hands. Place the ball in the rice flour mixture. Roll around to lightly coat the ball. Repeat with the remaining Cacao ball mixture.
You can roll and dust a few balls at once (about 8 usually works for me). You should get about 24 balls total.
Keep refrigerated for up to 10 days or freeze for longer storage.
Chef Katie’s Tips:
Raw Concerns: Almond are technically not raw. In the US, they are pasteurized for food safety reasons. You can substitute with raw macadamia nuts or Brazil nuts.
Play with Spices: Cinnamon is an easy go-to spice, but experiment with other sweet spices. Cardamom, nutmeg, ginger and even a Pumpkin Pie spice mix would all taste great!
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Amount Per Serving (1/12 recipe, about 2 balls)
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 5 g||8 %|
|Saturated Fat 0 g||2 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 1 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0 %|
|Sodium 3 mg||0 %|
|Potassium 180 mg||5 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 19 g||6 %|
|Dietary Fiber 5 g||21 %|
|Sugars 11 g|
|Protein 3 g||7 %|
|Vitamin A||0 %|
|Vitamin C||0 %|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|