Raw Warrior Energy Bites Recipe


This recipe combines two indigenous and highly nutritious ingredients that were used by warriors during the great Inca and Aztec Empires. Usually, I eat two of them for breakfast in the morning, but they can be eaten any time of day for a nutritious, satisfying and energizing snack.  

Here are the key ingredients: 

Chia Seeds come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, which grows abundantly in Mexico. The Aztecs and Mayans cultivated the seeds in pre-Columbian times, recognizing the benefits of chia, as it provided vital nutrients that boosted energy and relieved joint pain. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation, while enhancing brain and heart health. In addition, they are rich in minerals like calcium and magnesium, plus contain optimal amounts of fiber and protein that provide slow release of energy to keep blood-sugar levels stable.

Raw Cacao comes from the Andes, where the Incas considered it the drink of gods. It contains more than 300 different chemical compounds and has 4x the antioxidant power of dark chocolate (20x more than blueberries and 119x more than bananas). This means it helps prevent premature aging and makes you feel younger and healthier. Moreover, it increases blood circulation to help strengthen the heart and reduce the risk of stroke. Cacao is also a natural mood booster because it releases neurotransmitters that give you a feeling of euphoria.

Raw Honey is much different than the common supermarket version which is highly processed, heated and filtered. Raw honey is pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized, made by bees from the nectar of flowers. In this state, the nutritional value and healing powers are preserved. Aside from offering an excellent source of energy and abundant antioxidants, raw honey has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which help boost the immune system and fight infection.

Coconut Oil contains healthy fats called medium-chain fatty acids, which have numerous health benefits and are more readily used as a source of energy. More than 50% of the fat in coconut oil is a rare type called lauric acid, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties that help strengthen the immune system. Studies show that the MCT saturated fat in coconut oil boosts HDL or “good” cholesterol.

Almond Butter is an excellent alternative to peanut butter because it has increased vitamins, minerals and healthy fat. In fact, it has 4x the amount of Vitamin E per tablespoon and 2x the amount of Magnesium. Just make sure you choose an almond butter that doesn’t have additives like partially hydrogenated oils or added sugars. The only ingredients should be nuts and salt.

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Recipe
1 Cup Uncooked Rolled Oats
¼ Cup Chia Seeds
¼ Cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
¼ Cup Raw Cacao Powder
¼ Cup Almond Butter
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Tbsp Raw Honey
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1 Scoop Protein Powder
¼ cup Mini Dark Chocolate Chips (optional)
Combine the rolled oats (grind if preferred), coconut flakes, chia seeds, raw cacao, protein powder, vanilla and cinnamon. If desired, add chocolate chips. Add coconut oil, almond butter and raw honey. Use your hands to roll into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
Place in refrigerator or freezer for 5-10 minutes until balls are hardened.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition
Amount per Serving (1-inch ball)
Calories 140
Total Fat 8.5 g
  Polyunsaturated 4 g
  Monounsaturated 2 g
Sodium 30 mg
Potassium 115 mg
  Total Carbohydrates 14 g
    Dietary Fiber 4 g
    Sugar 4 g
Protein 6 g

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