cacao maca magic- energy balls

 If you have seen my previous posts about healthy snack ideas and my carrot cake energy ball recipe, then you already know how much I love these little treats. The other day I was really wanting to make a chocolate energy ball, but I was too lazy to go to the store to get cocoa powder. I went and looked in my cupboard for other ingredients and when I saw a powder latte mix that I love I got inspired to try and use that in my energy ball recipe. It turned out to be the perfect ingredient and I was able to make the best chocolatey energy ball that really packs a nutritious punch.

-12 to 15 pitted dates
(If your dates aren't very soft, soak them in boiling water for a couple of minutes to make them easier to blend up)
-2 heaped teaspoons of Pukka's organic latte mix
-1 tablespoon of creamy peanut butter
-2 tablespoons of chia seeds 
-a touch of agave or honey for a little sweetness
Optional ingredients- shredded coconut, chopped nuts, rolled oats, dark chocolate chips
*energy balls are great because they are so versatile, so get creative with whatever ingredients you have on hand, this is just one recipe out of many!*

Combine everything in a food processor or high powered blender 
Roll into balls
Store in the fridge or freezer
Enjoy 😃

These energy balls taste like chewy brownie bites in my opinion, they are so good and like I said they are packed with healthy ingredients! Let me tell you what makes this Pukka Latte mix so nutritious. To start, this powder is vegan/dairy free/soy free/gluten free/has no added sugar and it is made with high quality and nourishing ingredients.

Ingredient List: cocoa bean powder, blue weber agave inulin, shatavari powder, ginger root powder, maca root powder, ceylon cinnamon, cardamom, licorice root powder, ashwagandha powder cinnamon extract, and cardamom extract. 

Here is what makes these ingredients so great:
Cocoa Bean- mood booster, rich inantioxidants, anti-inflammatory, helps to reduce blood pressure
Agave Inulin- very fibrous, helps body better absorb calcium, prebiotic which helps gut health
Shatavari Powder- antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunity booster, regulates blood sugar
Ginger Root Powder- good for digestive system, reduces blood sugar, increases circulation, can help fight respiratory infections
Maca Powder- good for both male and female reproductive systems, fertility booster, helps to improve mood and reduce anxiety, improves memory, reduces blood pressure
Cinnamon- promotes weight loss, helps lower cholesterol, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, regulates blood sugar, good for digestion
Licorice Root Powder- good for digestive tract, repairs and protects stomach lining, anti-inflammatory, immunity booster
Ashwagandha Powder- nourishes and strengthens nervous system, reduces anxiety and stress, increases energy levels, helps improve memory, an equally stimulating and calming herb depending on what your body needs (adaptogen)

I am so happy I found another use for my Pukka Latte mix, now I can have a latte or energy balls and reap all amazing benefits! You can find Pukka products on their website, and in most chain grocery stores, and natural food stores. If you try this product be sure to let me know what you think and which way you used it! 

*information about the herbs is from what I have learned in my holistic nutrition course through AFPA*

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