On a recent trip to Canberra my sister in law took me into Civic and I met up with one of my favourite people, Justine Lisson who co owns Power Yoga Canberra. We met at the newly opened Civic Power Yoga studio. My only regret was that I didn’t have enough time to join in with one of the many yoga classes on offer each day. The studio is a place I would gladly visit every day of the week if I lived and worked in Canberra.

There was so much I loved about the studio, the friendly teachers, Justine of course and the beautiful wooden floor in the studio, the showers and the sensor lights in each shower cubicle and not to forget to mention the gorgeous mural with a spectacular goddess in warrior two pose.  So if any of my blog subscribers live or find themselves in Canberra I can wholeheartedly recommend a visit to Power Yoga Canberra.

While I was there Justine and I talked about a possible raw food demonstration class combined with a day or afternoon of yoga.  As I said bye to Justine and walked down to the Civic mall in Canberra my over active mind got creative and I came up with a new variety of my lovely raw cacoa balls. Which if you are doing a lot of physical activity and want to have a healthy treat before or after any yoga or other class will do the trick in giving you a pick up, some extra energy and more besides. This recipe will make about 12 large balls, however if you would rather have a few little treats make them into bite size balls and you will have about 36.  They keep well in the fridge for a week or so. Just make sure you store them in a glass container.

High Energy Love balls

1 cup of dried pitted dates, apricots and figs (soaked in filtered water for 30 minutes)

1 cup of almonds (soaked in filtered water for 6 hours)

5 tsp of raw cocao powder or 3 tsp of raw cocoa powder and 2 tsp of macca powder

1 tbsp of orange zest or1 tsp of ground cinnamon and 1 tsp of ground cardomon

1/2 to 1 cup of dessicated coconut

Drain the water from the nuts and place in a food processor, process until really small. Add the raw cacoa and macca powder and a few tbsp of the date water, whizz. Then roughly chop the fruit, take out the stem of the figs and any remaining stones in the dates.  Add them to the food processor along with the orange zest or ground cinnamon and cardamom.  Process until all mixed together and finely chopped. Remove mixture and shape into whatever sized balls you prefer and then put the coconut on a plate and roll the balls in the coconut and cover- there you go. They will become firmer in the fridge so good to store them for an hour or so before eating.


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