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Cacao - God's gift to the world! I love making up recipes where I can include cacao. It's my favourite whole food ingredient. I even put it in my grain-free muesli each morning. Chocolate for breakfast - my kind of morning!

Fantastically, cacao not only tastes amazing but also has many health-giving properties. The cacao bean is full of antioxidants, healthy fat, carbohydrates, protein, polyphenols like flavonoids that are antioxidants, minerals like calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, iron, zinc and potassium, oleic acid which is a heart-healthy essential monounsaturated fat, fiber and vitamins E, B2, B1, B5, B3 and B9. (Read more about cacao here.)

Magnesium is one of the most deficient minerals in the average human despite it being crucial to the body's function. Among many other roles, it helps keep blood pressure normal, bones strong, and the heart rhythm steady.  It also aids in circulation and aids cells to repair themselves and stay healthy. So here's to magnesium-rich cacao and all it has to offer!

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CHOC CHIA BALLS

Ingredients: (please note that these are approximates as I rarely use with measuring cups when I'm creating!)
~10-12 medjool dates
~2 tablespoons chia seeds
~1/2 cup shredded or desiccated coconut (organic ensures it's preservative free. I buy most of my preservative free supplies here and here.)
~1/4 cup macadamias (substitute with pepitas and/or sunflower seeds if you need a nut-free version.
~8 cacao wafers (can use caco powder or nibs in lieu of wafers but I personally think the Changing Habits Cacao Wafers are by far the yummiest option!)
~ 1 teaspoon cinnamon
~1 tsp vanilla

Method:
Put all your ingredients in a food processor or Thermy.
Blend on high until well combined and the mixture is a sticky consistency.
Roll into balls.
Coat with extra coconut or chia seeds if desired.
Eat!

If you like one ingredient a lot or another not so much, just play around with quantities until you get the desired taste and consistency.

Enjoy!

X

Leah

 


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Where do you purchase your cacao from Leah?
I've been looking for cacao powder but can't find a decent size for a good price.

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