Chocolate for Breakfast?
My theme for the month of February is Chocolate… because it’s the month of LOVE and what is more loving and indulgent than enjoying some good quality Chocolate? The Chocolate Walnut Balls I have made are nurturing and good enough to have for breakfast.
YES! YOU CAN BELIEVE ME!
Is healthy boring?
Being healthy does NOT have to be boring. These Chocolate Walnut Balls are living proof. The list of ingredients is like the Who’s Who of superfoods. Oats, pumpkin seeds, coconut, walnuts and raw cacao are some of the stars in this creation. The sweetness is from dates and maple syrup and while these still raise the blood sugar, they are much better than refined sugars.
I went to a small conference of entrepreneurs last weekend and brought along these balls. Man, they were a hit! You know when you go to conferences and they put the mints on the table? Well the people I shared the space with completely ignored the mints and finished off my Chocolate Walnut Balls instead. I was pretty chuffed.
The final test – is it kid friendly?
Do you have a strategy to teach your child the difference between good food and bad food? For my 6 year old stepson James we rate food on a scale from 1-100. 1 is really bad food and 100 is really good food. When he tried one of these balls he guessed a 20. When we told him these Chocolate Walnut Balls were almost a 100, he had the biggest smile on his face and and said: “How can something so yummy be healthy?” Bingo! Mission accomplished.
This photo shows the balls before they were coated in chocolate. And really, they are already pretty good. But the chocolate coating just rounds it up perfectly and gives the balls the finishing touch – literally!
Making healthy easy
Have I convinced you yet that healthy doesn’t have to be boring? Changing to become healthier can seem difficult at times. But it’s not because you can’t change, it’s because you may go the wrong way about it.
Change is hard when you try too many big changes at once, when you feel your change requires you to give something up that you cherish and if the new behaviours don’t really align with who you are at an identity level (who you feel you are). That’s why diets, plans to go to the gym 5 times a week when you haven’t been for years and going sugar free when you enjoy your sweet treats, don’t work for long.
To make change sustainable and lasting, try to adjust your behaviour in little steps, find replacements you love and only try to change when it fits in with your life. Consistency trumps short term wins any time.
These Chocolate Walnut Balls are a great start to become healthy because they don’t taste healthy but certainly are much better than your afternoon muffin or slice. So come on.. give them a try and let me know in the comments what you think!
These little gems are deliciously healthy and are a perfect hit for that afternoon slump when you just need something to keep you going.
- 1/2 cup oats (glutenfree if required)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup coconut desiccated
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 cup dates pitted and soaked in hot water
- 3 tbsp almond butter
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 tbsp walnuts
- 1/2 cup 85% dark chocolate
Place oats and pumpkin seeds in a food processor until finely ground.
Add coconut, cacao powder, cinnamon, salt and mix well.
Place dates in food processor and and mix until smooth.
Combine all ingredients (except the chocolate) and mix well. You can use your hands as it should resemble a cookie dough.
Roll into balls.
Melt chocolate over a double boiler (boil water and put another bowl on top).
Roll the balls in the chocolate until completely covered.
Place balls on a tray and let the chocolate set, either in the fridge or at room temperature (if it's not too hot).