Raw Cacao Balls

These raw cacao balls are full of goodness and great for lunch boxes and here’s why ….

Brenda Janschek - Raw Cacao Balls

Coconut – full of fibre and good saturated fats (the medium-chain kind) which make you feel nice and full, and coconut has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.

Cacao powder – a raw and unprocessed superfood that contains iron, fibre, zinc, potassium, calcium and anti-oxidants NB: Cacao contains theobromine which is a mood enhancer so I don’t recommend it for kids under 2yrs of age

Coconut oil – boosts HDL cholesterol (our good cholesterol), high in anti-oxidants, antimicrobial

Raw honey – contains beneficial compounds such as pollens, enzymes and anti-oxidants, full of vitamins and minerals

Maple syrup – contains lots of zinc plus  other vitamins and minerals which have cardiac benefits

Vanilla – antioxidant, calms the nervous system, fights infections

Raw Cacao Balls
Gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2.5 cups desiccated coconut
  2. ¼ cup coconut oil
  3. 1/3 cup of raw honey or pure maple syrup or rice malt syrup (or mix of both)
  4. ½ cup cacao powder (more cacao powder makes them richer)
  5. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Put all the ingredients into a food processor and whiz them together well (If you don’t have a food processor try mixing all by hand)
  2. Mixture should be wet but not soaked. If you find it too wet just add extra coconut and mix; too dry, add more oil
  3. Roll the mixture into tablespoons size balls with your hands then roll the ball into shredded coconut and place them on a cookie tray
  4. Pop them in the freezer for approx 20 mins or until they set (doesn’t take long)
  5. Either store in the freezer (where they become firm, but not frozen) or the fridge
Notes
  1. If popping into lunchbox, ensure you do so with an ice-brick otherwise they will 'melt' due to the coconut oil
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