A healthy dessert that leaves you feeling fueled not full.
All of us moms are just trying to do the best we can to keep ourselves and our families healthy. Amiright? The truth is, though we mean well, most of us are sabotaging our efforts with poor food choices and LOADS of sugar; especially desserts.
My own poor food choices led me to a life of gut issues I am still working through today, but on a happy maintenance level. I’m no longer in pain and bloated thanks to this 11-Day Jumpstart. I refuse to let my kids walk this path of gut-related discomforts too, and so in my own quest for healing, I find recipes like these Almond Balls that they love too, so we can all enjoy eating healthy sweets and never feel deprived of the good-tasting foods we love.
This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, paleo, and vegan if you use the right chocolate. If you would have told me this 6 months ago, I would have assumed that meant they tasted like bitter cardboard with a weird texture, but that’s SO not the case. I am elated that I have finally discovered how to eat healthy when I don’t like most vegetables and I am dessert’s biggest fan. More on how I did that later. For now, the recipe:
- 1 cup almond flour (I make my own almond milk, so I just use the discarded almond pulp from that).
- 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal (optional, but is good brain food and fiber)
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract (get the Mexican kind for over-the-top flavor. It's worth it)
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 2/3 cup cocoa nibs/chocolate chips - dark or semi-sweet
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- In a medium bowl mix together all Filling ingredients until a cookie dough consistency forms.
- Roll the dough into bite-sized balls and place on a parchment paper. Put in the fridge or freeze for a few minutes for a good set.
- Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler or microwave in 20 second increments, stirring often, until melted.
- Dip almond balls into the melted chocolate to coat and place back on parchment paper to set. Freeze for fast set.
We find these almond balls to be sweet enough to kick a chocolate craving, but if you’d like them to be a little sweeter go ahead and add a teaspoon or 2 of honey, coconut sugar, stevia, or pure maple syrup.
Now, more on how I learned how to eat healthy in a way that flushes inflammation from my body and leaves me feeling energized, pain and bloat free even though I hate most vegetables.
In my search for a solution to my chronic constipation, gut pains, and bloated belly I decided to listen to a friend who invited me to try the 11-Day Jumpstart with her. After a year of watching others in our circle go through it , dropping weight, feeling energized, and shouting its praises, while I was still trying to figure things out on my own, I finally tried it for myself. Friends, I have never felt so good, despite turning 41 last week. Yes, I feel better in my 40’s than I did in my 20s. I have more energy, my joints quit cracking whenever I bend down, and I no longer get asked if I’m pregnant again because I’m not bloated. Another cool thing about flushing inflammation is weight melts off.
If you too want to enjoy more energy and freedom in your body, I invite you to try the Jumpstart out for yourself. It's free btw. You just need to pick up the Juice that is the main activator in the whole thing. Anyway, Here is what it is.. Let me know if you want in.
It is extremely fulfilling as a mother to be able to show my kids that making healthy choices doesn't have to be hard or a drag. If you'd like more healthy swap outs and healthy lifestyle hacks for moms, join us in the Swap It Savvy community where other health-conscious moms share healthy swap outs, even the most reluctant will love.
Be well friend!
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