Winter Recipe: Coco-Cacao Balls

If you are entertaining over the holidays or are invited to someone’s home for dinner, impress them with this effortless raw dessert. They require little ingredients or prep and taste AMAZING! Enjoy!
8 Medjool dates, pitted

Snap 2016-03-09 at 15.06.05½ cup raw almonds

¼ cup goji berries

¼ cup raw cacao nibs

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tsp maca powder (optional)

1 tsp vanilla extract or almond extract

¼ cup dehydrated shredded coconut – for rolling

· Place all ingredients (except shredded coconut) in a high-powered blender or food processor and process until fully combined.

· Scoop mixture in a small bowl and chill in freezer for 10mins.

· Roll mixture into 1-inch balls with your hands.

· Roll each ball into shredded coconut until lightly coated.

· Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

MWH Tip: Coat your hands with coconut oil to roll the balls if mixture is super sticky.

*makes approx. 15 balls

By Melissa Macchione, RHN

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Melissa Macchione is passionate about living a holistic lifestyle and empowering others to exceed their nutrition and lifestyle goals. In the past 12 years, she has studied nutrition, fitness and currently is opening herself up to learning mindfulness meditation to deepen her spiritual practice. She holds numerous professional qualifications, including being a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, 2010) STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor, TRX Suspension Trainer, and is soon-to-be a Booty Barre® Instructor.