Cocoa Cashew Balls

Cocoa Cashew Balls

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These cocoa cashew balls are a wonderful healthy workout snack without protein powder! |

Guess who’s working out again?!

These girls are! My workouts since being pregnant with baby girl have been few and far between for the most part. Weeks 4–6 I was still doing some PiYo, Insanity and walk/run intervals. But the plague came on week 6. All movement stopped and I spent most of my off-work time on the couch or in bed until week 11/12. But even when I felt good enough to start walking again, it was hard. Working out was supposed to give me more energy, but all it did was tire me out even more. I walked maybe 2-3 times a week until week 20, when I felt less tired after walking.

I finally felt like I was in a place to start a bit more intense workouts around week 21, and I joined LA Fitness. Kyle had still been going fairly religiously at 5 am and I knew that I wanted to get back to a normal workout routine as soon as possible! The last couple weeks I’ve been strength training again and it is amazing. I am lifting weights, though not as heavy as before, but enough to make me feel like my body’s muscle mass isn’t just wasting away anymore.

I always thought I’d be one of those women who could breeze through pregnancy eating healthy and working out as I had before. Come to find out, I couldn’t have been more wrong—and it was a lot harder on me than I thought. Obviously I changed physically, but the emotional ties I have with fitness have jerked my heart strings around quite a bit. Being active simply makes me happy. It was frustrating when that privilege in life was basically taken away for three months.

The flip side to working out again, though, comes with a little bit of fear. Fear that I might overdo it and cause some kind of harm to baby girl. Deep down I believe these thoughts are a bit irrational, so long as I only do exercises that are comfortable. I’m not going to be out setting any kind of PRs in the gym, but I do want to find the right intensity to make it feel worthwhile.

And so far, so good!

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Rolling out of bed at 5 am hasn’t gotten any easier, but it’s still the only time of day I can hold myself accountable for getting a workout done. Our routines are likely to change pretty dramatically once baby girl is here, but I’m committed to keeping it up until then.

The one thing that has changed about an early morning sweat sesh is that I need to eat beforehand. Normally I would fast before a workout, but that’s bad news for pregnant Alysia. It’s more important than ever to have grab-and-go snacks in the fridge that I can nosh on while I’m driving to the gym.

Enter, cocoa cashew balls. I’ve been trying to come up with some ball recipes that don’t include protein powder, since I’m not using Shakeology these days. All you’ve gotta do is throw some dates, nuts and coconut together—and you’ve got a winner!

These cocoa cashew balls are a wonderful healthy workout snack without protein powder! |

Cocoa Cashew Balls



Yield 10 balls


  • 10 dates
  • 1/4 cup cashew butter
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut


  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor.
  2. Process on high, stopping every 30–60 seconds or so, until a smooth mixture is obtained.
  3. Roll mixture into balls.
  4. Store in air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 ball

Amount Per Serving

Calories 93

% Daily Value

Total Fat 6 g


Saturated Fat 1 g


Unsaturated Fat 4 g

Sodium 2 mg


Total Carbohydrates 8 g


Dietary Fiber 1 g


Sugars 3 g

Protein 3 g


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

These cocoa cashew balls are a wonderful healthy workout snack without protein powder! |
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