Raw Chocolate-Chia Seed Balls (Nut Free)

raw chocolate chia seed balls nut freeYield: Approximately 20 pieces

1½ cups pitted dates (can use Medjool dates for extra chewy), chopped finely
½ cup raw Cacao powder (“Navitas Naturals”)
3 tablespoons coconut nectar (“Coconut Secret”)
2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil (“Spectrum”)
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
½ cup chia seeds (whole or ground)*
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract (“Frontier”)
pinch of sea salt

1. Place dates in a food processor until they form a paste.

2. Add cocoa powder, coconut nectar, coconut oil, shredded coconut, chia seeds, vanilla extract and sea salt.

3. Pulse until all ingredients are combined.

4. Using a tablespoon to measure, roll the dough into balls. They can be eaten immediately or placed in the fridge or freezer for a chewier texture.

5. Store in refrigerator.

*Use whole chia seeds for a crunchier texture
* For additional nutritional benefit add 1 tablespoon of Maca powder (“Navitas Naturals”)

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