My weakness is most definitely my sweet tooth — and chocolate is my go-to. If you are like me and need a dose of chocolate after dinner but want to keep it healthy, try using dark chocolate or real cocoa powder to help relieve those cravings. After all, you shouldn’t deprive yourself!
Cocoa powder has some surprising benefits and can be used many different ways, from shakes to my no-bake cocoa ball recipe below. Cocoa powder contains antioxidants and is excellent for your heart, skin, blood pressure, and even your stress levels. Chocolate that’s good for you? Sign me up!
NO-BAKE COCOA BALLS
- 1.5 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup cocoa or cacao powder
- 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter (I LOVE the fresh ground peanut butter at your local health foods store, plus it doesn’t have any of the added sugar or extra ingredients.)
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/3 cup honey
- Splash of milk
Ingredients you could add:
- 1/2 cup vanilla brown rice protein powder (or protein of your choice)
- 1T flaxseed
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional for rolling the balls in)
Add oats, sea salt, and cocoa powder to a large bowl and mix well until there are no clumps and everything is evenly combined (also add flaxseed and protein powder if using those ingredients).
Add the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract to the dry mixture, stirring well.
Begin to add 1T of milk to the mix, using your hands to combine well until the mixture holds together in a sticky ball. Add more liquid if the mixture is still crumbly and dry, but be careful not to add so much that the dough becomes too wet and will not hold together.
Roll the dough into balls using your hands – if you opt to coat the outside of the balls with shredded coconut, do this now.
Place on plate in the fridge for 1 hour until they firm up and become easy to handle. Store in the fridge for up to 10 days. Enjoy!
These are also great for a snack and something quick you can have before a workout (or throw in your golf bag).
While your trying to eat healthier, get moving too! If you can, challenge yourself to do one workout outside at least once per week. This week I found a new trail and it was the perfect place to get fresh air, be outside and explore nature. You should try it too! All it takes is a simple Google search to see what trails are in your area.