Power Ball Chocolate Herb Truffles
Winter is a time for slowing down, digging deep, and taking time to reflect. It’s also a time for renewed fortitude and nourishment. At the turn of the winter solstice, when most people are lamenting the keen bite of winter, I try my best to shoulder the cold and work on restoring energy. I enjoy (on most days) the need for fluffy scarves, tons of layers, and the comfort of thick heavy blankets at night. I enjoy the shuffling through a chilly kitchen while making tea and the warmth that comes from roasting hearty meals in the oven. More than anything though, I enjoy the opportunity this time of year brings for looking inward, taking comfort, and planning new intentions for the coming year.
That said, with the long nights and easy tendency of staying indoors most of the winter, it’s easy to feel tired, lethargic, and depleted of energy. This time of year we often reach for quick fixes like hot toddies, caffeine, and hot sugary drinks that make us crash and feel worse. Overindulgence in heavy foods wears on our energy as well making us slow moving and unmotivated.
To counter this seasonal slump, I’ve formulated a fun way to include more fortifying herbs into my daily routine that help prevent stress and increase energy like maca, ashwagandha, chaga, and rose. Maca in particular has been really great for boosting energy, enhancing stamina, and helping to alleviate fatigue. It has also helped balance my hormones and I feel a bit less PMS-y as a result (always a blessing amiright?).
Maca has a pleasant malty flavor that makes it an easy addition to a wide variety of recipes. It’s been so easy to get my daily dose of herbs into the food I’m already eating like oatmeal, smoothies, soups, salds, and desserts. Adding healing herbs to truffles in particular make it super easy to get plant medicine into your diet.
How to Make Power Ball Chocolate Herb Truffles
This recipe is completely customizable. You can add pretty much any powdered herb that your body needs. Blended with nut butter, cacao powder, coconut, and honey makes most herbs surprisingly palatable. I find that eating a few of these power balls with breakfast or between meals gives me a boost of sustained energy that really helps get me through even the toughest slumps of the day.
How to Choose Herbs
Choosing herbs for these power ball chocolate truffles purely depends on what your body needs. For myself, I need daily support for stress management, energy, and immune support to get me through the winter. Whatever herbs you end up choosing, just make sure they are safe for YOU.
Here are a few examples of herbs you may want to use:
Power Ball Chocolate Herb Truffles Recipe
This recipe can make as little or as many as you want because it’s up to you how big they are when you roll them into balls. I usually get about 30-40 balls with this recipe.
Here’s what you’re going to need:
• 1 ½ cups pitted dates (the gooier the better!)
• 1 ½ cups nut butter of choice
• 1/2-2/3 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
• ¼ cup coconut oil
• ¼ cup raw honey or sweetener of choice
• 2TB cacao powder (can sub cocoa powder or carob powder)
• 2TB maca root powder
• 2TB chaga mushroom powder
• 1TB ashwagandha powder (can sub shatavari powder)
• 1Tb rose petal powder (this is an amazing herb for emotional support)
• 1 tsp cinnamon powder (for blood sugar balance)
• Extra ingredients like shredded coconut, cacao powder, or chopped nuts for rolling if desired
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• In a food processor combine all of the ingredients
• Blend until smooth adding more coconut oil, nut, butter, or honey as needed to get the right consistency. They should be smooth, not grainy
• Begin to roll the mixture into balls (I prefer them to be about quarter size) and then roll them into the loose ingredients saved for rolling
Store these treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator to firm them up.
Simply eat them as is or throw one or two into a smoothie. Spread them over hot toast, drop one into oatmeal, or chop them up and toss onto ice cream. However you choose to enjoy them, your body will thank you!
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