Have you jumped on the chia seed bandwagon yet? If not, these may help! You may not be a fan of chia seeds, but surely you wouldn’t want to resist chocolate, right?
Chia seeds are one of the proclaimed super foods these days and there are plenty of reasons why. These tiny seeds are very nutrient dense, loaded with antioxidants, high in fiber, a complete source of protein, and more. They help improve overall bone health. I also read recently that chia seeds can enhance your exercise performance in the same way that a sports drink can. So you can get rid of the gatorade and have the chia seeds! (Just don’t swallow a spoonful of them dry. This is not recommended for safety reasons.) Needless to say, you need some of these in your diet. And when you combine them with chocolate, they are so much more fun to eat!
I often add chia seeds to smoothies and oatmeal, but I switched it up recently with these Dark Chocolate Chia Bites. They include just a handful of ingredients and no refined sugar. These have been my go to post meal sweet treat. One of these hits the spot on my sweet tooth while still giving me lots of health benefits! I’ll take it!
I won’t lie, my husband was not a big fan of these but it was because of texture. He wasn’t much of a fan of the crunch of the chia seeds. That’s because he usually consumes them without even knowing it or tasting them when I make his smoothies. What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him, right? These do have a crunchiness to them from the seeds. While he wasn’t so much of a fan, I was okay because that meant less that I would have to share!
- 2 cups raw pecans
- 11-12 medjool dates pitted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup cacao powder unsweetened
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup plus 1 T chia seeds
- Dash of sea salt
in a food processor, process the pecans until fine.
Add in all other ingredients and process until a dough like mixture forms.
Roll into bite sized balls.
Chill for about 15-20 minutes before serving.
IF rolling into balls is a bit tough, cilll for about 20 minutes before rolling.