RECIPE: Great Balls of Fire

First off, I cannot utter the phrase “Great Balls of Fire” without recalling that scene in Top Gun….Goose and Maverick plus a piano–when Tom Cruise was crazy hot…not crazy!

That aside, these Great Balls of Fire are crazy good!  Just a smudge of cayenne brings the heat while rev-ing metabolism and fighting infections!

I’ve been on a coconut kick lately, but if those tropical shavings don’t suit your palate, these delicious, healthy spheres can roll without a coconut coat.



6 Tbsp Peanut Butter (the real stuff; choosey moms choose peanut butter not adulterated with HFCS or Sugar)

3 Tbsp Coconut Oil, melted

3 Tbsp Maple Syrup

3 Heaping Tbsp Cocoa Powder

1 Tbsp Flax Seeds

1 Tsp Chia Seeds

1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 pinch of Sea Salt (I prefer Pink Himalayan, but I’m picky like that)

1/2 Cup non-sweetened, shredded Coconut


On stove top, melt coconut oil in a small pot.  Add Peanut Butter.  Stir. Add Maple Syrup. Stir.  Add Cocoa Powder. Stir.  Add seeds and salt and stir.  Use melon ball scooper thing or just a spoon to create spheres.  Roll spheres around in coconut until covered. Store in Fridge.

Makes about 12 depending on sphere size.


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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.

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