These little chia chocolate superfood bites pack a big punch. Don’t be fooled by their truffle-like appearance and decadently delicious taste. They are nutrient dense, protein rich, omega-3 boosting, energy enhancing powerhouses. Say that three times fast!
Made from superfoods without any refined grains or sugars, these vegan, take anywhere snacks are great for pre- or post-workout fueling, breakfast on the go, or a midafternoon snack to power you through that 4 p.m. slump. We even love them as dessert.
Almonds are not only high in protein and healthy fats, they are also packed with vitamin E, which fights free radicals to leave your skin glowing. The sprouted pumpkin seeds in this recipe are another rich source of antioxidants, as well as zinc and manganese. Almonds basically help with everything from digestion of carbs and fats to skin health and blood sugar stabilization. Fabulous!
Chia seeds … oh where to begin with the small but mighty chia? Chia seeds are high in fiber, omega-3, calcium, protein, and iron. Accordingly, they help improve your digestion, skin, energy levels, hydration, and bone strength.
*Use organic, if possible
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 16 Medjool dates
- Bowl of warm water
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons nut butter (we used almond butter)
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- Optional: 2 tablespoons protein powder (chocolate works well)
- Optional: coconut flakes, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, cinnamon, matcha (for a nice green bite), cacao nibs, or mini dark chocolate chips for rolling.
Soak the Medjool dates in a bowl of warm water. Put the almonds and pumpkin seeds in your blender or food processor and process until a rough flour forms (about 30 seconds). Remove the pits from the soaked Medjool dates and add them to your blender along with around 1–2 tablespoons fresh water and process until a thick, sticky paste forms.
Add all of the other ingredients and blend again until everything is evenly combined. Roll the mixture into golf-sized balls (makes about 20).
Optional: Sprinkle coconut flakes, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, cinnamon, or cacao nibs on a flat surface and roll the bites in the toppings to coat.
Freeze the chia chocolate superfood bites for about an hour and then transfer to the fridge, eat, and feel energized!
Store the bites in an airtight container in your fridge until they are all gone.
Tip: Feel free to add in 1 tablespoon hemp seeds, coconut flakes, goji berries, dried cranberries, adaptogens like ashwaganda powder, or any other superfood you have on hand. You can also swap the ground flax for hemp seeds or more chia.
Try these power snacks and be on your way to embody wellness.
Christine Beal Dunst and Stephanie Rapp are the co-founders of Embody Wellness Company, specializing in creating customizable holistic wellness and nutrition programs targeted at life’s most important milestones: marriage, children, and career. For more information, visit EmbodyWellnessCompany.com