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I’m a big fan of dark chocolate. Big BIG fan! And it makes sense that I crave chocolate because I also have a busy lifestyle. Stress and a busy lifestyle use up magnesium, our relaxation mineral. Dark chocolate, cocoa, and raw cacao are all great sources of magnesium. So…when I enjoy a good form of chocolate I’m giving my body exactly what it’s looking for.

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These bliss balls are one of my favourite recipes and a favourite of many friends of mine – friends who got to be taste testers when I was trying to perfect it. They make for a lovely treat for a mid-day slump. Sweet-tasting and chocolatey, they use healthy sugars (whole dates and a splash of maple syrup) and unsweetened cocoa or raw cacao. They also provide a good source of protein and fibre from the cashews, almonds, and hemp seeds.

This recipe only takes a few minutes to make in a food processor and freezes well. Enjoy!

1 cup  raw cashews
1/2  cup  raw almonds
2 tbsp cocoa or raw cacao
1 tbsp raw cacao nibs
1 tbsp maple syrup (or less)
4 tbsp hemp seeds
10  pitted dates (less maple syrup is needed if using medjool dates)
5  tbsp almond or hemp milk

Blend everything together in a food processor. You may need to add more milk, depending on the consistency. Drizzle the milk into the food processor until the mixture starts to clump. Roll into balls and refrigerate before serving. Optional: roll balls in dried coconut or ground almonds

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