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Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. -- Michael Pollan

I wish I could take credit for that because I think it sums up how we should eat. Simply -- eat stuff that really is food, instead of stuff that is food like substance. The supermarket is almost entirely food-like-substances, and, my friends, you should probably never ever eat them.

Fortunately, there is a world of deliciousness out there, and it can all be had in a way that not only doesn't harm your health, but in a way that benefits you hugely.

I think it's important to eat stuff that satisfies you, that keeps your blood sugar stable, and that gives you stuff your body really needs to run optimally.

But baby, it's gotta taste good.

I really like getting experimental in the kitchen. I love cooking, I love layering flavours, and I love coming up with really super yummy food. I have very strong opinions about what constitutes food, and there are a lot of things I won't touch in the kitchen. Bottom line? Pretty much everything I make is ridiculously good for you even if it tastes decadent. Although there are occasional big fat cheats ... but even those stick to real food, my friends.

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Chocolate Energy Balls V 2.0

So, these. If you love dark chocolate, these are kind of like candy. If you hate dark chocolate, they might taste like dirt to you. We adore them. Nut free, raw, and vegan. Oh, yeah!!


1 cup hemp hearts
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2  cups shredded coconut

1/4 cup ground chia

3/4  cup raw cacao
1/2 tsp sea salt
1  tbsp ground vanilla

1 1/2 cups pitted honey dates -- picked through

1 or 2 tbsp vanilla extract or water


1. process hemp hearts, sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, ground chia, raw cacao, sea salt, and ground vanilla until perfectly reduced to dust.
2. add dates and pulse until combined well. Or until you lose your mind.
3. add vanilla and as little water as possible whilst running the processor until a thick dough forms.
4. let sit for a while
5. roll into balls, and roll the balls in shredded coconut. Or cacao if you prefer. I don't prefer. I like the coconut. Says obvious guy.


Jen K said...

I an so happy you posted this recipe! I had some similar energy balls a long time ago at Weeds cafe here in Calgary. They called them chia balls. They were awesome. I can't wait to try yours! Much love for a wonderful and tasty Thanksgiving. J.

stacey said...

Much love to you, too! Let me know what you think of these when you make 'em!!!

Jen K said...

They were delicious! And kid-approved. I'm going to make another batch today--they didn't last very long! <>

Jen K said...

I will need to substitute something for the hemp hearts, though, as my honey is allergic to them. Today I will try pecans.

stacey said...

So glad to hear they went over well for you guys!! You could also just add a extra cup of shredded coconut. Pecans are a little harder than hemp hearts, so it will be a pleasant textural change, too, I bet! Please let me know how you like them! We also do these with just pecan and date and without cacao, and I like them a lot. Sort of caramel-ish ... Thanks for posting, cutie-patootie.

Jen K said...

The pecan substitution was loved by all. I must admit to something funny--when I first made these I must have been tired because I used prunes instead of dates. The kids did not like that batch! I was happy enough to eat it all, despite them not being very sweet...

stacey said...

That actually sounds delicious. But I bet it wasn't sweet :)