These balls melt in your mouth…
…and in your hands.
I’m not saying that melty balls in your hands is a good thing. However, I’m not saying it’s a bad thing either. Actually, what makes these decadently delicious balls of magic so melty is a special ingredient, coconut oil. If you know anything about the wonders of da-coco then you’re likely in favor of melty balls — you dirty rascal. If you’ve yet to be informed of the goodness that is coconut oil then allow me to blow your mind open really quick.
The Amazing Coconut
The wonderful thing about coconut is the special type of saturate fats it contains. Unlike most saturated fats – like those found in meat and cows dairy – coconut contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) – which are fatty acids of a medium length. Meaning, they take a shorter amount of time, or less energy to metabolize.
These fatty acids go straight to the liver from the digestive tract with minimal liver enzyme activity. There they are turned into ketones and used as a quick source of energy. Ketones can also have therapeutic effects on the brain, providing rapidly improved cognitive brain function. This makes coconut oil great mid-day fuel, especially for writers, entrepreneurs or anyone doing a lot of creative work. This is one of the main reason why I created these treats!
Among these benefits here are a few other of the immeasurable wonders that coconut can do:
- Burn Fat- MCT’s in coconut oil have been shown to increase 24 hour energy expenditure by as much as 5%, potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term.
- Kill Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi- When coconut oil is digested, it forms a monoglyceride called monolaurin. Both lauric acid and monolaurin can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi.
- Balance Appetite- The fatty acids in coconut oil can significantly reduce appetite by balancing blood sugar and hormone levels, which may positively affect body weight over the long term.
- Beauty Food- Coconut oil can make you beautiful as shit — the reasons are endless. It moisturizes skin and hair from the inside out, applied topically it can reduce wrinkles and stimulate hair growth. It works holistically on a deep level to balance the body hormonally and bacterially, which keeps us youthful on the most primordial level.
- Shred Belly Fat- Coconut oil seems to be especially effective in reducing abdominal fat. Considering most belly fat is accumulated from hormonal imbalances, and that coconut oil is effective in aiding hormonal health it only makes sense it would also relieve it’s symptoms! Eating the right types of fats – such as coconut oil – can help you shred fat easily.
Raw Chocolate Macadamia Bliss Balls
(Makes 8 Truffles)
In addition to these treats being packed with the many benefits of coconut oil, I set out to use luxury ingredients prepared in a way fit for a king. They are sugar-free (sweetened with the purest, best tasting stevia on the market), made with sprouted, stoned-ground macadamia nuts, and some of the best, organic raw cacao.
The combination of flavors and bliss chemicals in these balls are a recipe for truly guilt-free snacking. I won’t hold out any longer, here’s how you make them.
- 1 cup Soaked Macadamia Nuts
- 1/2 cup Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil (Nutiva makes theirs from fresh coconut flesh, which is free of mycotoxins/molds)
- 1/2 cup Raw Cacao Powder
- 10 ‘squirts’ Liquid Stevia (Most stevia is bitter and poorly processed. The best I’ve found is by Body Ecology. It’s cold-water processed and deliciously sweet without the bitterness.)
- Step one is to soak your macadamia nuts for 2 hours to remove enzyme inhibitors. This makes them easy to digest and more nutritious, not to mention they are easier to grind into a nut butter when soaked.
- Next, you have two options; go the easy route and throw your nuts into a Blendtec or other high-speed blender until a “butter” consistency – or – you can go caveman style like me and use a mortal/pestle and hand-grind that shit.
- Once you have a nice paste you add in the coconut oil and work the two ingredients together. This will give you the base of the truffles.
- Add cacao powder and stevia last. When you’ve worked the ingredients all together you will have something that looks like Nutella, or this…
- Before you roll them into balls and add the final touches be sure to give the batter a test taste. Using liquid stevia can be tricky because you can’t “see” if you’ve evenly distributed it. It usually blends pretty nicely however, but just incase, give it a taste and see if it’s sweet to your liking. If so, form the batter into desired balls – you should get about 7-8 balls if you make them the size of small golf balls.
- Optional is to roll them in coconut flakes or raw cacao powder. This adds more of an aesthetic appeal than anything but can be quite nice texture wise too!
- Freeze for at least 10 minutes then enjoy when ever! As I mentioned these are great writers fuel, or afternoon pick-me ups.
Let me know what you think! Comment below if you love raw chocolate!