Chocolate is one of the foods I could never live without, really the only other one is pizza.  As prep for some endurance riding and because my husband wanted a tasty recovery snack, I began my long quest to make the perfect "power ball".  I failed many times, but also found a few recipes that came close.  This recipe is based on Rich Roll and Julie Piatt's  Superfood Energy Balls in Plant Powered Way.  It has taken me a number of times to get the consistency right. Here is my final version.  Loaded with amazing fuel, eat them up, make more, eat them again, no guilt.



16 Medjool dates

1/2 cup cacao nibs

1/2 cup raw walnuts

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter

6 tablespoons hemp hearts

4 tablespoons raw cocoa powder, plus a little extra for dusting

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 pinch sea salt, I like course Himalayan

2 tablespoons shredded coconut

coconut oil


Place dates, cacao nibs,  walnuts, peanut butter, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla and 4 tablespoons of hemp seeds into a food processor and pulse until the ingredients begin to come together into a ball.  Prepare three plates, one with cocoa powder, one with coconut flakes and one with hemp seeds.  Place a small amount of coconut oil in your hands and rub together, this will keep the batter from sticking. Make 1 inch balls by rolling the dough between your hands.  Roll in your desires topping.  Makes about 18 balls, 9 coated with cocoa powder, 9 with hemp seeds and 9 with shredded coconut. 


Medjool dates, cacao nibs, raw walnuts, natural peanut butter, hemp hearts, raw cocoa powder, vanilla, Himalayan sea salt, shredded coconut, coconut oil


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