Do you want to hear something amazing?
Chocolate is good for you. Yes, it is! You need to eat chocolate every single day. And you can try my Guilt-Free Chocolate Power Balls today!
How do you feel about this? Are you getting ready to go to the store and fill your cupboards with chocolates? Well, hold on a second…
Not any chocolate will pass the health-test. You want to avoid added milk, caramel, sugar overload etc. Cocoa is the main ingredient you should be looking for when you choose a chocolate bar. The higher the cocoa the better it is for your health.
This is the reason why I share this recipe with you.
My guilt-free chocolate power balls have it all! Chocolate with 90% cocoa, tahini and walnuts! That’s all! 3 simple ingredients!
If 90% cocoa does not sound like a desert to you then, by all means, try it with less cocoa. The truth is that dark chocolate is an acquired taste. I initially used 60% cocoa and increased it to 90% which I love. Let me know what you prefer in the comments 🙂
The Superstar Ingredient: Cocoa
This amazing brown powder is packed up with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power.
How would you feel if I told you that you can help your body fight self-inflicted diseases by eating dark chocolate?
Well, studies have shown that there is a relationship between the regular consumption of cocoa and reduction of inflammatory markers in the blood. An easy read study is here.
We know now that chronic inflammation can lead to serious health problems. Cardiovascular disease and Altzheimers are some examples. Chronic inflammation is caused by our food choices, lifestyle, environmental factors etc. Cocoa can help us lower our inflammation markers! The substance responsible for this magic is called polyphenols. If you want to read about it check out this and this research papers.
There is a catch though… If you eat chocolate with milk you don’t get most of the gains. Also, the more processed the cocoa the less the polyphenols. So, read the labels before you buy your chocolate. Specifically:
Go for more than 60% cocoa with the least possible sugar and zero milk
Dr Greger’s video here describes the difference between dark and milk chocolate.
Guilt-Free Chocolate Power Balls
My favourite snack is walnuts with honey and tahini. I usually take it to work for a quick mid-morning snack to keep me sharp and energetic until lunch! One day I run out of honey and as I was going through the cupboard I came across a dark chocolate bar. This is how the chocolate power balls came about!
All you need to do is to pulse the walnuts in a food processor and combine them with tahini. If you prefer a different texture you can just break the walnuts into small pieces rather than pulse them. Then just make small balls and put them on a piece of baking paper.
Refrigerate for at least an hour. I usually make them in the evening and leave them in the fridge overnight.
Then, melt your chocolate and dip the balls in it. You need to dip them and remove them quickly so that the tahini will not melt.
So, with this recipe, you can enjoy a great chocolaty snack full of taste, full of nutrients and ZERO guilt!
I would love to hear how you find this recipe.
Until next time, keep cooking to stay healthy 🙂
With only 3 very nutritious ingredients, these chocolate balls are absolutely delicious!
- 160 gr walnuts (without the shell)
- 80 gr tahini
- 100 gr dark chocolate bar (I use 90% cocoa chocolate bar)
Add the walnuts in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
Transfer in a ball and add the tahini.
Combine the 2 ingredients very well, using a spoon.
Roll small balls and put them on baking paper.
Refrigerate for at least one hour.
When the balls are nice and cool, melt the chocolate in a bain-marie. For this, you need to break the chocolate in pieces into a heatproof bowl. Then put it over a pot of simmering water. Stir occasionally until the chocolate melts.
Dip each ball in the melted chocolate (use 2 spoons for this) and remove immediately. Place them on the same baking paper and put them back in the fridge.
They are ready once the chocolate is set.