RECIPE: Power Balls!

dessert balls

I have to be honest. I almost didn’t share this recipe with you guys.  Because I was going to launch the Power Ball Super Dessert line and retire on an island, giving 50% of my Power Ball proceeds to charity.  But I’ve decided my charity act instead, is going to be passing it along to you.

Not that you are a charity act…really I’m way too busy to launch anything right now….but I will launch into how amazing these dessert are!

How to describe? Hmmm.

If a super health nut and a serious chocolate lover had 12 little delicious edible babies, that would be Power Balls!  (Minus the weirdness of that concept).

It’s my go-to “I’ll bring dessert” recipe, because I know it’s real, it’s healthy, additive-free, ridiculously scrumptious, and so rich you can’t eat too many.

OK, you actually can, but it’d be hard if others are around, because they’ll be snatching them up so quickly.  They are that good.

The secret is….the measurements are flexible, I make them differently each time. So play around and see which combo/ratio you like best!

The optional Ingredients are what give these tasty treats their power!  Maca supports hormone balance, increases libido (hello!) and boosts your energy.  Chia seeds and flax seeds are rich in Omega 3’s, protein and fiber, so include them!

dessert ball ingred

In a food processor combine:

3 Tbsp coconut oil

4 Tbsp Cacao Powder 

1/2 cup almonds

3 Tbsp of Honey

2 dashes of cinnamon

1 pinch of sea salt

1 tbsp of chia seeds  (optional)

1 tbsp of Flax seeds (optional)

1 tsp of maca powder (optional)

Spoon out the sticky mixture on to wax paper or foil on a plate you will put in the freezer

Make several small ‘power balls’, you determine how big or small (they don’t have to be pretty)

Melt (I use the microwave about 30 seconds, stir, then a second 30 seconds) 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips 

Scoop out melted chocolate and drizzle over the power balls (coat entirely or just a drizzle)

Place balls in the freezer for 5-10 min

Serve chilled

Thank me later

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

12 thoughts on “RECIPE: Power Balls!

  1. These are similar to the “candy” my wife makes for me very week (I limit myself to two pieces a day). She uses raisins instead of the almonds and adds a bit of orange extract. By the way, instead of putting them on wax paper or foil she puts them into a silicone ice cube tray before they hit the fridge — then the pop out easily an hour or so later.

    1. They. Are. Amazing. (Power Balls)

      Was reading your letter to your friend about leaving medicine to home school. I think that is super courageous and beneficial to you and your family in so many immeasurable ways. Kudos to you!

      1. Thanks! We are having a blast! WordPress didn’t notify me of a comment so I almost didn’t see this! But I came back to make this recipe!

  2. I made them with dried pineapple, cranberries and figs. Delicious! Friends on trip were almost fighting over the last ones.

    1. yes! feeling great!
      Have a new healthy power Bar recipe coming out in the next few weeks (gluten free, yummy, make and leave in the fridge to grab and go as needed, or crumble with yogurt) stat tuned!

      love hearing from you!

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