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Recipe - Chocolate Yum Balls

Recipe: Chocolate Yum Balls

Ladies, do you want a super healthy -- and super yummy -- snack you can grab right from the freezer? Even when you have Prediabetes or Insulin Resistance?

Then my Chocolate Yum Balls are for you! Made with healthy dates, cacao and seeds, my Chocolate Yum Balls are soon to become one of your favorites!

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I know lots of ladies tend to rely on packaged nut and date bars for snacks.

But you know what? I can’t eat a whole one of those bars!!

Whenever I get one of those packaged bars, I only ever eat half!  (I'll leave the bar's actual name out so I don’t get sued...haha!) 

So I created am easy solution to my half-bar habit.

Why not make the bars into something smaller...like a ball?

So I did! (It's soooo cute!)

Chocolate Yum Balls

Better yet, they're soooo easy to make. You don't even have to do any baking.

Making Chocolate Yum Balls is Super Easy!

That's right...no baking is required for my chocolate yum balls.

  • Just make your chocolate yum ball "dough"
  • Form into bite-sized balls
  • And let them set in the fridge for a few hours
  • Or sneak one right away!

Recipe: Chocolate Yum Balls

Makes: 20 balls or about 12-13 bars

  • 1.5 cups pitted dates soaked in hot water for about 30 minutes
  • 3/4 cups raw cacao
  • 1 cup gently roasted sunflower seeds (see directions below)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter (or nut butter)
  • 2 TBSP tahini
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

#1 - Soak your pitted dates in a bowl of hot water for 30 minutes.

#2 - Using a food processor, combine cacao, sunflower seeds, sunflower butter, tahini and salt; process until the sunflower seeds are chopped up.

#3 - You can control if you want chunky sunflower seeds (like in my photo) or if you want the seeds to be more finely chopped.

#4 - Strain your dates and add them to your food processor.

# 5 - Let your food processor run for a few minutes. Your "dough" will start to stick to the sides a bit. This means your Yum Balls dough is ready to go!

# 6 - Line a baking sheet or container with parchment paper (the sheet or container needs to be small enough to fit in your fridge).

# 7 - Using a scoop or a spoon, take equal amounts of "dough" and form balls. (I use a 1/8 cup scoop).

# 8 - Pop your Chocolate Yum Balls into the fridge for a few hours to set.

# 9 - Store your Chocolate Yum Balls in the freezer.

Your Chocolate Yum Balls will last in the fridge for about a week.

Can You Eat Your Chocolate Yum Balls Right Away?

Of course! 😊

How To Roast Sunflower Seeds

Using a baking sheet that has sides, line it with parchment paper.

Spread out 2-3 cups of raw sunflower seeds.

Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. Don't over-bake your sunflower seeds – burnt seeds smell and taste terrible!

Let cool. Store your roasted sunflower seeds in a jar in the fridge.

You can use your roasted seeds in muesli, to top a bean bowl, for a snack, or as a topping for a flax bread peanut butter sandwich!

Roasted sunflower seeds and peanut butter sandwiches are soooooo yummy!

Can You Make Chocolate Yum Bars Instead of Balls?

Yes! Go for it. Simply follow the directions above...but instead of forming balls, do the following...

Chocolate Yum Bar

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#1 - Line a baking sheet with parchment.

#2 - Place your "dough" on the baking sheet.

#3 - Pat down your "dough" firmly into a large flat piece about 1/3 inch thick.

#4 - Refrigerate for a few hours

# 5 - Cut into bar-sized pieces.

# 6 - Wrap your Chocolate Yum Bars individually in wax/parchment paper (do NOT use plastic wrap...it's chocked full of hormone disruptors – yuk!).

# 7 - Store your bars in the freezer.

Trying to eat healthy all on your own is too darn hard.

In the Healthy U Group we encourage each other to eat better...

Chocolate Yum Balls Nutrition Facts

Here are the nutrition facts. (I've included a label for Chocolate Yum Bars too!)

Chocolate Yum Balls Nutrition Facts Label
Chocolate Yum Bars Nutrition Facts Label

Are Dates OK When You Have Prediabetes or Diabetes?

Yup! Dates are full of fiber, which is super cool because that means you get a SLOW and MINIMAL blood sugar response, which is totally the way nature intended it to work!

"Consumption by DIABETIC INDIVIDUALS does not result in significant postprandial glucose excursions. These findings point to the potential benefits of dates for diabetic subjects when used in a healthy balanced diet."

Glycemic Indices Of Five Varieties Of Dates In Healthy And Diabetic Subjects. Nutrition Journal. 2011;10:59.


Chocolate Yum Balls Wrap Up

Once you've made my Chocolate Yum Balls once, you'll see just how quick and easy it is...

...and once you've TASTED them once, you and your family will want to have some of them around at all times! Enjoy!

About the Author Joan Pasay

As a Nutrition & Lifestyle Therapist I felt compelled to start Power In The Group. Why? To guide and support women like you with Prediabetes or Insulin Resistance so you can regain and nourish your health...without all the confusion. Together we can enjoy the richest quality of life for ourselves, with our families, and within our society...wanna come along?

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