Today's Breakfast: Chocolate Chia Balls
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  • The ingredients to tasty chocolate chia balls
  • All about chia bran
  • What chocolate protein powder is best


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45 comments on “UCE: Chocolate Chia Balls
  1. Melissa Shears says:

    Oh yum. I've been an avid protein ball maker with almond meal, coconut oil and whey protein as a base... But chia bran is an exciting revelation.. Can't wai to try.. I love these as a Bfast.. Yummy on the go with a long black coffee ☕️☕️☕️

  2. Love the idea of chia balls. I'd like to know what was the sald. Passion fruit? I'm not sure I can find those here. But I will try. Thanks.

  3. I don't see the video at this link in the email 🙁

  4. Amy-Jo Salter says:

    As Roberta Suzanne and Paula said, I click on the Today's Topic and Today's question titles, but do not get any video. Any tips? Thanks!

  5. Paula Scott says:

    i don't see the video for chocolate chia balls

  6. Roberta Walker says:

    Hello,

    I clicked on the 'Today's Breakfast' and nothing happens - no video

  7. I am signed in and I cannot open the breakfast video. What to do? Suzanne

  8. Cathie Young says:

    so very interesting and informative - every minute. thank you.

  9. Ines Amuchastegui says:

    Where is the recipe? I can't find it

    • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Ines,
      Here is the recipe:
      Here’s the recipe:
      Serves: 18 balls

      Ingredients:

      1 cup cashews
      1 cup almonds
      2 Tbsp chia seeds
      2 Tbsp hemp seeds
      3 Tbsp raw organic cacao powder
      3 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
      2 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
      1 Tbsp xylitol
      1 tsp spirulina (optional)

      1/2 tsp peppermint extract (optional)
      Directions:

      Combine cashews, almonds, chia and hemp seeds together in food processor until well ground.

      Add remaining ingredients until well combined.

      Form balls by shaping mixture in the palm of your hand. Store in fridge to harden.

      Makes approximately 18 balls (depending on how much mix you eat along the way!)

      Tip: If you live in a cool climate, you may like to melt coconut oil prior to adding to mixture. The best way to do this is using the double boiler method and keep heat low. Place coconut oil in heat-proof bowl into a pot of water. Heat slowly until coconut oil liquefies.

      Hope this helps!

      Den

  10. Trish Thomas says:

    Please tell me more about what kind of protein powder.

    • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Trish,
      The best protein powder is unflavoured and unsweetened Whey Protein Concentrate - Jon's favourite brand is Sunwarrior Brand.
      Hope this helps.
      Den

  11. Dargenstar says:

    In this video, Jon mentions chia bran and black tahini as two of the ingredients, but I do not see them in any of the recipes below. Maybe I have to search around some more for the actual recipe on the video. I bought chia bran ages ago and am dying to use it (think it lasts a long time), but need a recipe as I have no imagination in this area....and would love to know about an oatmeal recipe with it! Thanks. Megan

    p.s. if you can't find black tahini, can you make it with black sesame seeds? I have those. Thanks.

    • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Megan,
      Perhaps try reducing the almonds to 3/4 cup and add 1/4 cup chia bran and add one tablespoon of black sesame seeds? You just need to make sure you keep the proportions of dry and wet ingredients so as to not affect the consistency of the balls. Chia Bran is not only very dry it is also absorbs moisture (which also makes it an excellent binding agent in baking!) So if the recipe is too dry, try adding a little more coconut oil.
      In regards to your second question - the only problem with substituting tahini with sesame seeds is that you are missing out on the moisture content of tahini - so perhaps try using normal Tahini?
      Here is a Jon's recipe for a Raw Chocolate Chia Bran Oatmeal (porridge) : http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11580/raw-coconut-chocolate-chia-porridge.html
      Hope this helps!
      Den

  12. Kim Richards says:

    The recipe posted below is not the same as what he mentions on the video. He mentions black tahini and chili pepper. Yum. Do you have THAT recipe or should I just add chili pepper to the one you have posted several times below?

    • Janine -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Kim,

      Sorry that the recipes do not exactly match! Jon usually mixes it up so feel free to add any ingredients you think will add a flare to the basic recipe posted.

      Enjoy!

      Janine
      The Gabriel Method Team

  13. Kirsty says:

    Den,

    Thanks for posting the recipe so many times! I'm going to try these!

    Kirsty

  14. Maylin says:

    This is my favorite recipe,but it is called Superfood Breakfast Balls and you can see it on You Tube under that title. They are delicious.

    1/2 C Tahini
    1/2 C Almonds
    1/3 C Pumpkin Seeds
    1/3 C Walnuts
    1/4 C Black Sesame Seeds
    1/3 C Chia Seeds
    1/4 C Almond Butter
    1/4 C Coconut Palm Sugar
    2 T Super Greens
    Mix the above ingredients in a food chopper. Add about 2 T of water until the mixture is sticky and can be shaped into balls.
    Enjoy

  15. Alison Durkin says:

    Hi,
    What is the recipe for the chocolate chia balls (with proportions etc.)?
    Thanks very much!

    • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Alison,
      Here's the recipe:
      Serves: 18 balls

      Ingredients:

      1 cup cashews
      1 cup almonds
      2 Tbsp chia seeds
      2 Tbsp hemp seeds
      3 Tbsp raw organic cacao powder
      3 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
      2 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
      1 Tbsp xylitol
      1 tsp spirulina (optional)

      1/2 tsp peppermint extract (optional)
      Directions:

      Combine cashews, almonds, chia and hemp seeds together in food processor until well ground.

      Add remaining ingredients until well combined.

      Form balls by shaping mixture in the palm of your hand. Store in fridge to harden.

      Makes approximately 18 balls (depending on how much mix you eat along the way!)

      Tip: If you live in a cool climate, you may like to melt coconut oil prior to adding to mixture. The best way to do this is using the double boiler method and keep heat low. Place coconut oil in heat-proof bowl into a pot of water. Heat slowly until coconut oil liquefies.

      Hope this helps!

      Kind regards
      Den - GM Team

  16. Maylin says:

    BLUBERRY CHIA PANCAKES
    Serving size: 3-4 pancakes
    INGREDIENTS:
    1 cup chia bran
    1⁄2 tsp mineral salt
    2 tbs coconut palm sugar
    4 eggs
    1 cup blueberries
    1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 tbs ghee
    a couple strawberries
    a dash of coconut yogurt (optional)
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Mix the chia bran, mineral salts, coconut palm sugar, eggs, blueberries, and unsweetened almond milk in a mixing bowl.
    2. Prepare the pan with 1 tbs of ghee and pour the mixture onto the pan.
    3. Allow the pancakes to cook.
    4. Once the pancakes are fully cooked, load the pancake up with some extra berries, a couple strawberries, and some coconut yogurt if you like.
    These really are great. Even my husband likes them and he is not into my change of nourishing my body. Enjoy.

  17. Amie Green says:

    Sounds like something the whole family would love. Where do you post your recipes? Thanks.

    • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Amie,
      Here's the recipe:
      Serves: 18 balls

      Ingredients:

      1 cup cashews
      1 cup almonds
      2 Tbsp chia seeds
      2 Tbsp hemp seeds
      3 Tbsp raw organic cacao powder
      3 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
      2 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
      1 Tbsp xylitol
      1 tsp spirulina (optional)

      1/2 tsp peppermint extract (optional)
      Directions:

      Combine cashews, almonds, chia and hemp seeds together in food processor until well ground.

      Add remaining ingredients until well combined.

      Form balls by shaping mixture in the palm of your hand. Store in fridge to harden.

      Makes approximately 18 balls (depending on how much mix you eat along the way!)

      Tip: If you live in a cool climate, you may like to melt coconut oil prior to adding to mixture. The best way to do this is using the double boiler method and keep heat low. Place coconut oil in heat-proof bowl into a pot of water. Heat slowly until coconut oil liquefies.

      Hope this helps!

      Kind regards
      Den

  18. Maylin B says:

    Can you believe that both of the Health Food Stores in Athens does not carry Chia Bran? I had to order Chia Bran on line to be able to make your pancake mix. I was all psyched up to prepare those pancakes when I realized I did not have all the ingredients. Any suggestions about a substitute for the Chia Bran?

    • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Maylin,
      You could use almond or another nut meal instead.
      Let us know how you go.
      Kind regards
      Den - GM Team

      • Maylin says:

        Thank you, for that. I am so literal that I was afraid to try anything different than what the recipe says. I will try that when I run out of the Chia Bran. Thanks again.

        • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

          Hi Maylin,
          I know what you mean... I tend to be a bit literal too when making something for the first time.
          Den

  19. Elizabeth Redmond says:

    Sounds yummy and and nutritious, looking forward to trying them. Thank you

  20. Catherine Armstrong says:

    They look great. I'd like an actual recipe, too, please.

    • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Catherine,
      Here's the recipe:
      Serves: 18 balls

      Ingredients:

      1 cup cashews
      1 cup almonds
      2 Tbsp chia seeds
      2 Tbsp hemp seeds
      3 Tbsp raw organic cacao powder
      3 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
      2 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
      1 Tbsp xylitol
      1 tsp spirulina (optional)

      1/2 tsp peppermint extract (optional)
      Directions:

      Combine cashews, almonds, chia and hemp seeds together in food processor until well ground.

      Add remaining ingredients until well combined.

      Form balls by shaping mixture in the palm of your hand. Store in fridge to harden.

      Makes approximately 18 balls (depending on how much mix you eat along the way!)

      Tip: If you live in a cool climate, you may like to melt coconut oil prior to adding to mixture. The best way to do this is using the double boiler method and keep heat low. Place coconut oil in heat-proof bowl into a pot of water. Heat slowly until coconut oil liquefies.

      Hope this helps!

      Den - GM Team

  21. Helen Bradley says:

    I would like The recipe also!! They look great..

    • Denaleigh -Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hi Helen,
      Here's the recipe:
      Serves: 18 balls

      Ingredients:

      1 cup cashews
      1 cup almonds
      2 Tbsp chia seeds
      2 Tbsp hemp seeds
      3 Tbsp raw organic cacao powder
      3 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
      2 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
      1 Tbsp xylitol
      1 tsp spirulina (optional)

      1/2 tsp peppermint extract (optional)
      Directions:

      Combine cashews, almonds, chia and hemp seeds together in food processor until well ground.

      Add remaining ingredients until well combined.

      Form balls by shaping mixture in the palm of your hand. Store in fridge to harden.

      Makes approximately 18 balls (depending on how much mix you eat along the way!)

      Tip: If you live in a cool climate, you may like to melt coconut oil prior to adding to mixture. The best way to do this is using the double boiler method and keep heat low. Place coconut oil in heat-proof bowl into a pot of water. Heat slowly until coconut oil liquefies.

      Hope this helps!

      Den - GM Team

  22. Peter Dulay says:

    Great video. But what do you think of chocolate flavored organic plant based whey protein isolate?

  23. LIbby Conheady says:

    Hi,
    Can I get the actual recipe with ingredients and quantities for the chocolate chia balls?
    thanks

    • Gabriel Method Team says:

      Hello Libby,

      Here's the recipe:
      Serves: 18 balls

      Ingredients:

      1 cup cashews
      1 cup almonds
      2 Tbsp chia seeds
      2 Tbsp hemp seeds
      3 Tbsp raw organic cacao powder
      3 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
      2 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
      1 Tbsp xylitol
      1 tsp spirulina (optional)

      1/2 tsp peppermint extract (optional)
      Directions:

      Combine cashews, almonds, chia and hemp seeds together in food processor until well ground.

      Add remaining ingredients until well combined.

      Form balls by shaping mixture in the palm of your hand. Store in fridge to harden.

      Makes approximately 18 balls (depending on how much mix you eat along the way!)

      Tip: If you live in a cool climate, you may like to melt coconut oil prior to adding to mixture. The best way to do this is using the double boiler method and keep heat low. Place coconut oil in heat-proof bowl into a pot of water. Heat slowly until coconut oil liquefies.

      Hope this helps!

      The Gabriel Method Team