There is nothing I love more than dessert. So when WholeFoodsNYC sent me a box of Paleo goodies, I knew I had to make these Paleo Chocolate Honey Chili Energy Balls. They’re the perfect combo of sweet and spicy that will satisfy every craving that you have!
It seems that January is the month that everyone is cleaning up their diet and eating more whole foods. It’s trendy to eat well this month, but if the food doesn’t taste good, it’s not a sustainable way to eat and live. When I went Paleo 6 years ago for health reasons, I knew I would never be able to give up my favorite foods, including chocolate. So this month I am partnering with Whole Foods Market to create something delicious using healthy, Paleo food products that can be found in their stores!
Since I have been following a Paleo lifestyle for a few years, I am very aware of a lot of the packaged Paleo food products that Whole Foods Market sent me. These products including Wildway granola, Eating Evolved and Hu Kitchen chocolate, Siete tortillas and chips, Primal Kitchen dressing, and New Primal marinade. But there were also some new and exciting products that I wanted to challenge myself to use since I had never cooked with them before. And that including Bulletproof coffee and Mike’s hot honey!
Now if you’re the Paleo police, you could argue that chocolate and coffee are not Paleo since the caveman weren’t eating bars of chocolate and drinking cups of coffee every morning. But as whole, nourishing foods, they meet the requirements. Chocolate comes from the cacao tree and can be eat without any additives as dark chocolate, which is Paleo. It’s when sugar and milk solids are added to make different chocolate variations is when we run into trouble calling it Paleo. Hu Kitchen chocolate contains no dairy, no GMO’s, no soy, no refined sugar, no cane sugar and no sugar alcohols making it a delicious chocolate treat that I approve on my personal Paleo diet.
Coffee is coffee beans that come from the coffee plant in the form of seeds. Now in terms of harvesting and growing, there’s nothing that makes coffee not Paleo. Except it can cause inflammation in the body which is why many people seek out clean eating routines in the first place. Coffee also contains many antioxidants that are great your your health, but coffee also contains toxins depending on how it is farmed, and these toxins can be harmful to how your body performs and throughout the day. If you notice you’re getting that 3pm coffee craving, it may be time to re-examine your relationship to coffee and find something that is healthier for your mind and body.
But Bulletproof Coffee lab tests all of the coffee beans so they are free from toxins and are organically sourced so there’s no added chemicals in your coffee. You’ll taste the difference with this brand!
Honey is a seriously natural food that is raw and unprocessed and also has some incredible health benefits. It is a natural sugar that supports the immune system, fights seasonal allergies and contains prebiotics to improve your digestion. Honey is very sweet, but with Mike’s Hot Honey, the chili gives it a nice kick and the chili certainly balances out the sweetness. It can go on anything from eggs, to pizza to chicken, and now you can enjoy it in your dessert!
Paleo Chocolate Honey Chili Energy Balls
So these Paleo balls have all of my favorite healthy ingredients. And they’re not too sweet and not too spicy and even give you a nice energy boost with the caffeine. You have the option to do a chocolate drizzle or a Mike’s Hot Honey drizzle for extra kick! Or combine the two, hey go nuts with your balls!
20 minPrep Time
60 hrTotal Time
- 2 cups medjool dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup cashew flour (or almond flour)
- 1/3 cup coconut, unsweetned and shredded
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1/4 cup brewed Bulletproof Coffee, cooled
- 1 Tbsp. Mike's Hot Honey
- 1 Hu Kitchen Chocolate Bar
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup Mike's Honey Honey
- Add all of the energy ball ingredients into a food processor and combine until a dough forms.
- Remove 1 Tbsp. of dough and roll it between the palm of our hands. Place the balls on a plate and continue rolling until all of the dough has been used. Makes about 15-20 balls. Place in the fridge for one hour to set before adding any drizzle.
- In a microwave safe dish, add the chocolate and coconut oil. Microwave for 1 minute, checking and stirring every 20 seconds to prevent it from burning.
- Drizzle the melted chocolate over the energy balls.
- Place in the fridge for 1 hour to cool.
- Enjoy the balls when you need a quick sweet treat (will store in an air-tight container for one week).
- Remove the energy balls from the fridge and drizzle with Mike's Hot Honey.
- Enjoy right away or place them in an air-tight container for up to one week.