Hormone Balancing Chocolate Collagen Energy Bites
These chocolate collagen energy bites are one my all-time favorite snacks; full of protein (collagen for skin, nails, hair, and joints!), healthy fat, energy providing carbs, and fiber. I made these bites as an easy way to get in my daily servings of seeds when seed cycling for hormone balance. But even if you're not seed cycling, I think you're going to like them (because healthy, chewy brownies always win ).
Seed cycling servings. This recipe makes 30 bites. One serving is 2 bites, which contains both of the tablespoons of seeds (pumpkin/flax or sunflower/sesame) you need daily if you're seed cycling. In total, this recipe makes 15 servings; just the right amount for one phase of your cycle before needing to switch seeds.
Collagen. Collagen has many health benefits and adds protein to these little bites. It's good for skin, hair, and nails, helps repair leaky gut and joints, boots metabolism, and can help reduce cellulite and stretch marks. Like everything, quality matters. My two favorite brands are Great Lakes and Vital Proteins, both from pasture-raised sources.
A little warning. These are messy to make. The batter gets very sticky (thanks to the collagen), but that's what makes them extra chewy and delicious when frozen. So as long as you accept that you're going to get your hands chocolatey, it will all be worth it.
If you're looking for an easier way to get in your daily dose of seeds, I have one word for you: smoothies. ;)
Hormone Balancing Chocolate
Collagen Energy Bites
1 cup raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds or raw, unsalted sunflower seeds (see notes)
1 cup raw flax seeds or raw sesame seeds (see notes)
1 cup pitted Medjool dates, packed
3/4 cup cocoa powder, plus more for rolling
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 (4-oz) banana
Grind the seeds in a high-speed blender or coffee grinder.
To a food processor, add the ground seeds, pitted Medjool dates, and cocoa powder. Process until the mixture is the consistency of sand.
Add in the sea salt, vanilla extract, and banana. Process until well combined.
At this point you have two choices: a) add the collagen directly to the food processor (note: this can be a difficult task for your food processor since the mixture gets very sticky) or b) transfer the dough from the food processor to a large mixing bowl, add in the collagen, and then mix with your hands until thoroughly combined (note: this will be very messy, but less taxing on the food processor).
Add a bit of cocoa powder to an empty bowl for rolling.
Using a tablespoon, scoop 1 tablespoon at time from the batter and form into balls.
Roll each ball in cocoa powder to coat and arrange on a plate in a single layer. Repeat until about 30 balls are formed. (If the batter gets too sticky to manage, put in the fridge to set for 15 minutes and then begin rolling again.)
Once all the balls are formed, freeze the plate of bites in a single layer. Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge.
SEEDS / If you're in the first half of your cycle (Day 1-14 where Day 1 is the first day of your period), use pumpkin seeds and flax seeds. If you're in the second half of your cycle (Day 15-28), use sunflower seeds and sesame seeds. Click here to learn more about seed cycling for hormone balance.
WARNING / These are messy to make. The batter gets very sticky (thanks to the collagen), but that's what makes them extra chewy and delicious when frozen. So as long as you accept that you're going to get your hands chocolatey, it will all be worth it.