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Mum’s Original – Choco-Orange Balls Recipe


I mentioned in my last blog post that I would be sharing more of Ann Barnes’ information with you because she and her work inspire me so greatly.  It is clear that Ann’s company, Mum’s Original choose their products with great thought, research and intention.  Cacao is just one example of the incredible nutrition that is packed into the foods sold by her company. In this blog post, I’m including a wonderful recipe for Choco-Orange Balls.

Did you know that Cacao contains over 300 compounds including: protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals?

Some of the benefits include:

  • Cacao is the highest dietary source of the mineral magnesium, which helps to: decrease blood pressure, support a healthy heart, relax muscles and strengthen bones.
  • Cacao beans are rich in other essential minerals, including sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, chromium, copper, potassium and manganese.
  • Cacao has Vitamin C and all of the B vitamins.
  • Cacao contains oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, also found in olive oil, that may reduce blood pressure.
  • Cacao is one of the richest natural sources of antioxidants (twice as much as red wine, and three times the amount in green tea). Cacao’s antioxidants help to increase cardiovascular health by improving blood vessel dilation and lowering the bad cholesterol.
  • Cacao has feel-good effects due to high levels of phenyl ethylamine (PEA) and anandamide: the result is a natural feeling of well being, decreased depression with an increase in energy and alertness (without the undesirable side-effects of caffeine).
  • One to two percent of cacao is Theobromine (an anti-bacterial), which helps to stimulate the central nervous system and dilate blood vessels.

There were rave reviews for the cacao recipe below.  I thought I would include it for your enjoyment:

Ann’s Choco-Orange Balls

The dates in this recipe are a great way to get a healthy, sweet taste. These are simple to make and can be easily stored in the fridge or freezer for great protein poppers when needed.

3 cups pitted dates
1 cup orange juice
½ tsp vanilla
2 cups whole cashews or pieces
1 cup commercially-roasted hemp seeds
¾ cup cocoa
½ cup Salba whole seeds

Soak dates, juice and vanilla in a bowl for an hour. In meantime, blend cashews in a food processor until ground and place in a separate bowl. Pulse mix the date mixture in food processor until still a little chunky and not completely smooth. Add date mixture to cashews and add in all other ingredients. Chill mixture in fridge for an hour. Make into quarter size balls and keep in a sealed container in the fridge. Makes about 30 balls.

I just added Mum’s cacao nibs to Mum’s oatmeal for a great start to my family’s day today!  Good nutrition really can taste delicious!  Ann’s book Better Being, contains numerous other nutrient rich and delicious recipes, along with many ideas as to how to make health-conscious and smart decisions about food, exercise and lifestyle in general.

“There is but one temple in the universe and that is the body of man.” Novalis, German poet and philosopher (1772-1801), Better Being – Ann Barnes.

I would love your feedback on this recipe! Don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog via the commentluv feature here on my site.

Until next time,


Meredith Deasley

Certified Life Coach, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Spiritual Vitality Expert - Published Author, Speaker, and Teacher.


  1. Bill on March 11, 2012 at 12:49 am

    So, maybe chocolate is the world’s most perfect food. That would make me happy. I think one of the best attributes is the high magnesium. Magnesium is essential for your body to properly absorb calcium. And, if you enjoy the higher intensity dark chocolates (70% and up) you avoid a lot of the sugar.

    The recipe sounds great. I’ll have to give it a go. Nice post.

    • Meredith on March 14, 2012 at 8:16 am

      Thank you Bill! I agree with you on all the attributes of chocolate but I hate to say that it is not perfect…..don’t forget about the caffeine in the chocolate..had troubles sleeping just the other night due to this factor…. Meredith

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  3. John Gatesby on August 3, 2023 at 5:39 am

    Your appreciation for Ann Barnes and Mum’s Original shines through, and it’s evident that their products are well-researched and thoughtfully chosen. The information about Cacao’s numerous health benefits is eye-opening and makes me want to incorporate it into my diet.

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