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Cacao Hemp Balls Recipe

Try making our recipe for these delicious Cacao and Hemp Balls

Credit: Lisa Guy

Hemp seeds are one of the richest plant sources of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids. They contain a perfect balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fats which help promote strong immune function and cardiovascular health.

Makes: 14 balls 



  • 1 packed cup medjool dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds, plus extra for topping
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 cup roasted hazelnuts, plus 16 extra
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ tbsp cold-pressed coconut oil
  1. Place dates, hemp seeds, cacao powder, tahini and hazelnuts (reserving 16) in food processor, and blend until well combined and mixture forms balls.
  2. Using heaped tbsp of mixture place hazelnut in centre and mould mixture around nut.
  3. Place balls on tray lined with baking paper in freezer for 20 mins to set.
  4. Melt chocolate and coconut oil in small pan. Dip each ball in melted chocolate and place on tray, sprinkle with hemp seeds and place back in freezer for 20 mins.
  5. Store leftovers in the freezer.


Lisa Guy

Lisa Guy is a respected Sydney-based naturopath, author and passionate foodie with 16 years of clinical experience. She runs a naturopathic clinic in Rose Bay called Art of Healing and is the founder of Bodhi Organic Tea.

Lisa is a great believer that good wholesome food is one of the greatest pleasures in life and the foundation of good health. Lisa encourages her clients to get back to eating what nature intended: good, clean, wholesome food that’s nutrient-rich and free from high levels of sugars, harmful fats, artificial additives and pesticides. Her aim is to change the way people eat, cook and think about food.

Lisa is an avid health writer, being a regular contributor to The Sunday Telegraph's Body and Soul, and leading magazines including WellBeing. Lisa is an author of five books to date, including My Goodness: all you need to know about children’s health and nutrition , Pregnancy Essentials, Heal Yourself, Listen to your Body and Healthy Skin Diet .