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chocolate cherry chia raw balls

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Yup.  One day it's bacon + truffle mac and cheese, the next day some raw balls. That's how I roll.  A little indulgence followed by some (always delicious) common sense.

These are super simple to make and (of course) oh so very good for you.  Filled with lots of anti-types (antioxidants, inflammatories, bacterials) as well as omega-3's, fiber and even some phytonutrients, you'll be happy to have them in your fridge when 4 o'clock comes callin'.  I don't know about your relationship with chia seeds but mine is all hearts and puppies.  I get a great, sustained energy boost and only have to deal with some gelled-up seeds occasionally stuck in my teeth.

You can make these as sweet or not as you like.  I didn't have any coconut oil (the horror!) but if I did, I would have added a couple to a few tablespoons.  I used my juicer for a little 2-fer (I made some carrot-ginger-apple juice, too) to get the carrot pulp you can always just use peeled, grated carrots.  The mix will be a little sweeter so you will need less maple syrup.

I topped mine for a little sweet/salty thing with some pink himalayan sea salt to totally hippie-out on you but any coarse salt will do.  I use "about" a lot in this "recipe" because you really want to adjust to your taste.  And you can't really go wrong.

chocolate cherry chia raw balls

makes about 20-24 raw balls

about 1 1/4  c organic carrot pulp (the stuff left over from juicing)

about 1/2 c walnuts

about 1/2 c dried tart cherries

about 1/4 c raw cacoa powder (not cocoa powder)

about 1/4 chia seeds

maple syrup (the real kind from a tree)

sea salt

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Pulse the carrot, walnuts, cherries and chia seeds together in a food processor.

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Add some maple syrup (start with about 1/8 c) and run until a smooth dough forms.

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Adjust everything to your taste.  Roll the dough into balls and top with some sea salt.  Let them chill before eating. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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