Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls. Because orange and chocolate just belong together. If you are looking for a quick and healthy snack these Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls are the perfect option. These Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy balls not only taste amazing but they are also really, really easy to make!
Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls are on the menu this week friends. Because if you ask me, orange and chocolate are the perfect flavour combination. And I know how stressful and busy this time of year is so I wanted to create a snack that not only tastes amazing but will be perfect to grab and eat in a pinch. And these Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls are the perfect solution. Because even though you will be eating more sweets and foods that you wouldn't normally eat during the holidays, you don't need to let your nutrition slip 100% of the time.
How is it only a week until Christmas?? Seriously where did December go? I am sad to admit I am not nearly as prepared as I usually am. I am normally so good at getting the Christmas decorations up nice and early and my Christmas cards in the mail at the beginning of the month. Not this year sadly. I still haven't done any Christmas cards and at this point I just don't think they are going to happen. So if you are used to getting a card from me, don't worry, it's not that I forgot you, it's that I haven't had the time to send any out. For some reason this year has been especially busy. Between work, the blog, Beautycounter and well, life, things have just been especially busy this year. It's funny, up until last year I was always so busy working that I missed most social events, but now that I actually have time to go I realize just how many things go on during the holidays. Things like holiday Christmas craft nights, holiday work parties and coffee dates with friends who come home during this time of year.
If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don't, you totally should) you would have know that I was donating my Beautycounter commissions from the first two weeks of December to The Love For Lewiston Foundation. Well, I am so thrilled to report that last week I dropped off a cheque for $500 for them! That is all thanks to you, my loyal Beautycounter customers and readers. I truly appreciate your support and was more than happy to put that money towards an amazing cause. That money was a small piece of allowing them to reach their goal of raising $100,000 in less 8 months, with all of the money going towards SMA research. I was so thrilled when I heard that they had reached their goal last Friday. If you aren't familiar with the story behind The Love For Lewiston Foundation I encourage you to visit their website.
I am pretty darn excited about this week's recipe friends. Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Bites. These have become my new go-to snack for when I am on the run. Because let's face it: holiday season is a busy one! And you don't have time to be slaving away in the kitchen. At least I don't. But I still want to eat healthy during this time of year (at least most of the time) so that is where these Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Bites come in. They not only taste amazing but they are made with nourishing ingredients like dried fruits, raw nuts, shredded coconut and cacao powder. There are no sweeteners in these because they just don't need them. They are naturally sweet from the fruit and nuts. They are also vegan, GAPS, gluten free, grain free and dairy free.
If you haven't already figured it out, orange and chocolate is one of my all time favourite flavour combinations. Another one of my favourite recipes using this combo is my Paleo Dark Chocolate Orange Fudge. If you haven't tried it yet you are totally missing out. It was one of the first recipes I ever posted, but is still one of my favourite (and one of the most popular on the blog). I featured that recipe (and 74 amazing others ones) in last week's post: 75 Paleo Holiday Treats. Just in case you needed any more dessert ideas for your upcoming holiday menus.
Paleo Orange Chocolate Energy Balls Recipe
10 ounces organic dates (I use this brand)
1 cup organic raisins (buy here)
1 cup shredded coconut (I use this brand)
1/2 cup organic cacao powder (I love this brand)
6 TBSP melted coconut oil (I use this brand)
Zest and juice from 2 navel oranges
2. Process until desired consistency (I still like to have some crunch to mine)
3. Using your palms form ~1 inch balls
4. Place the balls in the fridge for ~1hour
5. Serve and enjoy!
Yield: ~35 energy balls