Paleo Chocolate Date Balls
Key Words: Paleo, Paleo Dessert, Food Freedom
Sugar is one of the hardest habits to break post Whole30. We feel like we have avoided it for so long, why can't I just have a few bites of this? Which turns into a few bites of that and before you know it your sugar dragon is raging and your food is controlling you again, versus you controlling your own choices! While you should never feel guilty about having lots of sweets and treats, it is always nice to have a better option for yourself so you can save all the goodies for a really special time, like on a holiday or a celebration, which is exactly what food freedom is... saving those special treats for a special time.
This is why I give you these Paleo date balls! These are something I always have on hand just in case I do get a sweet tooth. They aren't sweet enough to make my sugar dragon rage, but they are sweet enough to get that craving under control, which is exactly what my food freedom is. Picking and choose when I get to feed my sugar dragon!
Why do I give myself permission to enjoy a Paleo treat? Well, that is easy, because life would be boring without treats! We all need to have something every once in a while, sometimes it's wine, sometimes it's chips and queso, sometimes it's a brownie. Know I have experimented enough on myself that I know paleo treats typically allow me to still feel in control and leave me feeling good after I eat them. I can't say that about coffee cake from Starbucks... I love it, but ugh I feel tired, nauseous and it really spikes my blood sugar. So that is worth it to me every once in a while, but not all the time. These are things that I typically stick to one bite of and move on. But that is me! Your food freedom might be different. Maybe you struggle with something different, it is all about setting those boundaries for yourself and knowing when it is worth it and when it is not! Sometimes this is easier said than done and THAT IS OK.
The great thing about these chocolate date balls can be so variable, too! If you want some pumpkin spice, throw it in there. If vanilla is your thing... throw it in there. If you like coconut flakes on top... roll them in it when you are done! That is the beauty of these... they can be made in so many different ways with just one simple recipe.
10 pitted dates
1 cup walnuts
2 Tbsp cacao powder
1 Tbsp flaxseed
2 Tbsp nut butter (I like Georgia Grinders best)
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until combined- about 3 minutes. It should be a pasty texture, not grainy.
Use a baller (about an inch in diameter) to create the balls.
Refrigerate for an hour or until firm- of course you can always eat right away too! Keep refrigerated for up to a week.
This recipe will make about 10 chocolate date balls, you can always double it for more!
Sometimes they can be a bit oily at first, but it should become less oily when refrigerated- this is made with all ingredients that have some natural oils :)
I typically make this with almond butter, but it can be made with any nut butter you like. Recently I have been loving Georgia Grinder's cashew butter with them! Experiment and tag me on Instagram @live.whole.heartedly if you find a flavor you love!
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