Macadamia&Cacao Nib Fat Balls
Snack foods are meant to hold you over and suppress hunger until your next meal, but unfortunately we often grab carb heavy snack foods that only make us hungry again an hour later due to the fast spike of energy carbs deliver. For this reason, I often avoid carbohydrates at the start of the day and as snacks, I opt instead for more sustainable fuel forces that suppress the hunger hormone ghelin, like plant-based fats.
These snack balls are perfect for starting your day or on the go, they are filled with healthy polyunsaturated fats from ingredients like coconut and tree nuts. The cocoa nibs provide the essential electrolyte magnesium, great for post workout, and the cinnamon is a blood sugar stabilizer which prevents energy crashes. For a bit of protein I add Vital Proteins collagen powder and I also like to add a pinch or two of adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha or reishi mushroom powder for an added anti-stress effect. These are vegan, Whole 30 and Paleo approved!
One thing that I like to make people aware of when buying ingredients for recipes like this, or just for buying snack foods in general, is that companies love to sneak in cheap oils wherever they can, especially in roasted nuts. Even Whole Foods brand roasts all of their nuts in inflammatory canola oil. Either buy raw or “dry roasted” nuts to insure you aren’t being bombarded stealth oils.
- 1/2 cup Macadamias
- 1/2 cup coconut shreds
- 1/2 cup Walnuts
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 4 Mejool dates
- 1/3 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup cocoa nibs
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp collagen powder
- 1 tsp adaptogenic herbs (optional)
- Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it forms a dough (you may have to spread it out with a spoon a couples times)
- Form into desired size snack balls (I like to make a variety of sizes)
- Pop into the freezer on a sheet of tin foil
- Let them thaw for a minute or so before eating