Cocoa Bliss Balls

I miss sweets. I love chocolate in all forms and while I don’t over-indulge (usually) I still like that once-in-a-while feeling of eating something rich and yummy. Sort of makes all the vegetables seem more palatable.

Say hello to happiness. These little guys are all kinds of delicious and I’m finding they are great as a GU replacement for long runs since they contain natural sugar, fat and not much else. Keep them in the fridge and keep in mind that they are *treats*. Don’t decide that you can inhale the entire plate simply because they’re paleo and Whole 30 approved ingredients. Remember, we’re trying to do some behavior modification here in addition to clean eating:

1 c walnuts
1 and 1/2 cups pitted dates (SunMaid are perfect)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
a pinch of salt (optional)

Chop/blend all the ingredients, using a food processor until very crumbly (see photo). No need to blend the dates first. I just throw everything in all at once. Roll into little balls or mush into a 8×8 pan. Refrigerate to help them “set” and enjoy!


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