7-minute Magic Chocolate Date Balls

If you can get your sweet tooth on while giving your body the fiber of the date, and the energy in the nut, you're winning at life. In this absurdly simple recipe *protein packed, magic chocolate date balls* you can satisfy a deep dessert craving while doing a body good. Win win! 2 Tablespoons of chocolate is all you need to make this an official dessert, and there's so many nutrients sneaking its way in. For instance, see the brilliance built into the date regulating cholesterol, digestion and brain function! Don't miss this very easy recipe. Consider doubling or tripling this recipe to freeze for a grab & go treat. Snack on!

What you need:

1/2 cup hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans (or other nut)

15 pitted dates

1 tbl Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Sun Butter etc

1 tbl cocoa powder

1 tbl maca powder* (optional but so yummy, see notes below)

1 tbl water

pinch of sea salt

pinch of cinnamon

1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut for garnish

What you do: In a food processor or blender, pulse to break down the hazelnuts (or nut of choice) into small bits.

Then add everything else in, aside from the shredded coconut. Blend to fully combine - about 1 minute.

Roll into small balls, coat with coconut and plate. Best after about 15 minutes in the refrigerator to hold shape. Can live in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or frozen, 4 months.

*Maca powder comes from the Maca root vegetable of Peru, which gives a nutty-malted flavor. Maca powder is now sold in Trader Joe's, at health food stores & online.