The importance of making food from the heart (with 'Cacao Energy Ball' recipe)

Submitted by Trinity on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 05:31

Energy bites and balls have become really popular in recent years. They are rather ingenious and usually super easy to make. Energy balls are so versatile that you could create a different version every day for the rest of your life! Which-ever ingredients I use, my creations always burst forth with nutrients and energy and even more importantly - are always infused with love.

This particular recipe came about during the Openhand weekend workshop in Belgium, especially for the group of 22 beautiful souls that gathered there. I was mainly helping out Open with energy work (but, since I had access to Alexia's kitchen also tip-toed out from time to time to create tasty food). Anyway, when I served this treat, everyone had just completed a deep kundalini activation meditation. They all emerged out the studio in an incredible space; so it felt only right to support the process of expansion and grounding with some kundalini energy balls.

The importance of making food from the heart

AS some of you already know, conscious cuisine is an important part of my life. Being in the kitchen is my main form of meditation these days. Not in the traditional sense, of course... it's not like I am sitting in a lotus pose on my counter or anything. It's more like a moving dance as I feel divinely inspired from one ingredient to the next. I have my Angel family with me, singing, laughing and every bit a part of the creation along side me. A persons state of consciousness makes a big difference to the final outcome of a dish. If we feel 'light' and spacious within, then we essentially infuse 'light' into the food. You'll probably already recognise that being happy in the kitchen, mysteriously makes your food taste delicious. If you simply set off with the feeling that you are 'making your food from the heart', then it will make a difference.

Cacao balls from Belgium

Nutrient dense sweet treat ingredients

This recipe includes a blend of nutrient dense, organic ingredients to energise and uplift the mind, body and soul. It's a perfect way to give yourself a quick, yet sustained energy boost. They're grounding and expansive, all in one. The combination of walnuts, seeds and dates allows for a slower, gradual release of natural sugars (slower than if you were simply eating dried fruit on its own). Raw cacao is a superfood, loaded with antioxidants, protein, polyphenols, minerals and vitamins. Cacao helps to stimulate the central nervous system, whilst inducing relaxation at the same time. I find it medicinal in the most wonderful of ways. Every single ingredient is a bit of a superstar here to be honest. Bringing them all together is just divine alchemy.

A note about the coconut

You have different options with the coconut. So if you don't have coconut butter you can opt for creamed coconut (which comes in a solid block - and is what I actually used when I made these). You can also substitute with dessicated coconut in this recipe. It's versatile - I use all of them at various times. If you use do creamed coconut then grate it finely before adding.

Cacao Energy Balls by Trinity Bourne

What equipment do you need to make these?

Ideally you would use a food processor as described in the recipe. This is the easiest way to blend everything together (and you can also use the processor to grind the sunflower seeds ahead of time).

You can use a hand blender as an alternative (although you'll also need to find a way to grind the seeds with a nut-mill or pestle & mortar). With a hand blender, I blend the soaked dates and walnuts together first and then fold and press the remaining ingredients in. This creates a lovely rustic blend. I also imagine that a high powered blender would also work (although I haven't tried it with this particular recipe).

Cacao & Coconut Kundalini Energy Balls

    Makes: 12 energy balls
    100g pitted dried dates (two-thirds of a cup)
    75g walnuts (two-thirds of a cup)
    100g ground sunflower seeds (two-thirds of a cup)
    40g coconut butter (2 tablespoons)
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon maple syrup
    2 tablespoons raw cacao

    How to make:
    Soak the dates over night (or for at least 3 hours/until soft and blend-able)
    Grind the sunflower seeds with a nut mill, food processor or high powered blender (alternatively: if you can't grind your seeds, substitute them for extra walnuts).
    Make sure the coconut butter is soft enough to scoop with a tablespoon.
    Place all ingredients into the food processor and blend until everything sticks together. If you have a high powered food processor, this should happen quickly.
    Form into small balls with your hands.
    Either serve immediately or place in the fridge to chill before dishing out.
    (Note: if your coconut butter was liquid or REALLY soft, you'll probably need to chill these in the fridge to firm up a little before serving.)

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I can personally testify these are simply amazing energy balls! And totally delicious too. They're also ridiculously easy to make - a magic recipe indeed.

So go on, give them a try!

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