Date Cashew Cacao Balls
So I’m currently going through IVF to freeze my eggs before starting chemotherapy for breast cancer I was recently diagnosed with. And I am on my no sugar, anti-inflammatory diet to aid my healing and treatment because cancer LOVES sugar. However, something I am really struggling with during IVF sigh all these hormones is sugar cravings. I’m in my last few days of this and getting ready for my surgery to have the eggs removed and frozen until we are ready to use them down the line. And the further in to it I get, the more intense the sugar pangs are. I’m not limiting myself to natural sugars such as fruits and high quality honey etc. So wanted to make something easy and quick I can grab as I head out to my next doctor’s appointment, and my god are there a lot of those lately while I go through this treatment for breast cancer. And these quick balls or grab and go are something I have made for my diet conscious clients for years. They are a nutritious and anti-inflammatory snack with powerful anti-oxidant ingredients which fight cancer cells but are also gluten and dairy free and filling! But also just the right amount of chocolatey. And if you don’t like coconut you don’t have to roll them in it but I think it gives it a little extra sweetness and textyes, plus makes them look so pretty!
So I wanted to share the recipe with you.
You will need:
1 cup raw unsalted cashew nuts
2 Tbsp cacao
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 scoop organic plant based protein powder
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp water
1/2 cup shredded coconut to roll (or add in to the mixture)
These are so unbelievably simple and quick to make. Throw the cashews in to a food processor and blitz until fine crumbs. Then add in the dates and all the other ingredients and continue to mix on high until combined.
Then while the mixer is on, add in the agave and water very slowly until the mix starts to come together in a big clump.
With a tablespoon measurement, scoop out a ball of the mixture. Roll in to smooth balls with your hands then drop them in to the shredded coconut you have laid out on a plate. Roll them around in that and then place in a sealed Tupperware and pop in to the fridge to set for an hour or 2 before eating!
Simple, healthy, sweet, delicious and filling!