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Raw chocolate and orange protein ball from Zena Food

Zena Food has created this amazing recipe just for us that is designed specifically for those that regularly practice Hot Yoga.

A Raw Chocolate and Orange Protein Ball By Zena Food

I am truly excited to be creating healthy, nutritious and easy recipes for all of you at Hot Yoga Society.

First up is a raw energy ball recipe. The ingredients are all natural and provide a good source of protein for rebuilding the muscles after a hot yoga class, whilst also providing a good source of fiber and nutrients.

Mankind has always had a love affair with chocolate so I wanted to incorporate some cacao nibs in the offering as a bit of indulgence and luxury with health benefits. Even after indulging over the festive season, which we all do, we can still enjoy that taste of chocolate and not deprive ourselves of these tastes. But, this can be enjoyed in a nutritionally balanced way.

Coca nibs and all the dark grades of chocolates they produce may provide important benefits to your intestinal regularity, heart and blood vessels and blood sugar. The dietary fiber also may help to keep your bowl movements regular.

Rice protein powder provides essential amino acids, vitamins B and E, fiber and carbohydrates.

Sesame seeds are used for copper, manganese and magnesium. These antioxidant nutrients alongside vitamin E protect the cells in our bodies from day-to-day oxidative stress and keep them in good working order.

Walnuts contain a number of neuroprotective compounds, including vitamin E, folate, melatonin, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants. Research shows walnut consumption may support brain health, including increasing inferential reasoning in young adults.

One study also found that consuming high-antioxidant foods like walnuts “can decrease the enhanced vulnerability to oxidative stress that occurs in aging,” “increase health span,” and also “enhance cognitive and motor function in aging.” Go get some!!!

Almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E. The health benefits of almonds include lower blood sugar levels, reduced blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. They can also reduce hunger and promote weight loss.

Yields about 25-30 balls


1 scoop of Vanilla Whey ( if vegan exchange for suitable protein)

1 scoop of natural Rice Protein

1 cup of almond flour/meal

1 cup of dates

¼ cup of sesame seeds

¼ cup of walnuts

¼ cup of organic cocoa nibs

1 full tbsp. of cocoa powder

¼ cup of honey ( maple syrup if vegan)

2 tbsp of organic Orange Juice

1 tsp of vanilla essence

1 tsp of coconut oil. I use Natures Aid as it is in a liquid state already

¼ tsp of salt

A few drops of Orange Blossom Water


For Coating ( optional) as they taste good naked!!

A bowl of coconut flour

A bowl of melted dark chocolate and orange

A bowl of cocoa powder

Some finely grated orange peel

Orange peel also contains considerable amounts of calcium, copper, magnesium, vitamin A, folate and other B vitamins and dietary fiber. They have an intense orange and bitter flavor, but the latter is often a clue that a food is healthy; the bitter taste is the result of the many flavonoids that orange peels contain.


Place all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until it forms a dough. Measure out approx. 25 balls with your hands and roll into even shapes on some greaseproof paper. Place them in the fridge for 10 minutes.

If you are going to coat the balls, get the bowls ready with the individual ingredients and roll the balls in the desired toppings until they are coated fully. With regard to the orange peel.. grate the peel and then press it into the ball and roll it in your hand until the peel sticks to the ball. It should look like a pretty orange marble effect.


Zena Food is all about balance and well being.

As a dedicated strength trainer who also practices yoga and meditation, she loves the balance of the different disciplines. For Zena, a strong body, full of good food, makes for a happy life.

As a busy mother of two kids, feeding her family is a big part of her life too. However, food for her is also a creative pursuit . She trained as a fine artist at St Martins and Chelsea School of Art and has made this relevant to her cooking.  Her presentation looks artistic and beautiful. She believes that people eat with their eyes as well as their other senses… smells, taste…

She is excited by new flavours and combinations and her favourite pastime is creating new and nutritionally balanced recipes. Zena has carefully put together recipes that compliment a hot yoga practice and she is excited to share these with us.

Follow Zena on Instagram @Zena_food and take a look at her website www.zena-food.com

Approx Nutritional Value per serving=  6g protein for 2 balls @ approx 120 calories

25 Servings

Amount Per Serving

Calories 58.5

Total Fat 3.9 g

Saturated Fat 0.5 g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.9 g

Monounsaturated Fat 0.4 g

Cholesterol 0.0 mg

Sodium 0.3 mg

Potassium 19.5 mg

Total Carbohydrate 4.8 g

Dietary Fiber 1.0 g

Sugars 3.2 g

Protein 3 g

Vitamin A 0.2 %

Vitamin B-12 0.0 %

Vitamin B-6 1.0 %

Vitamin C 1.7 %

Vitamin D 4.0 %

Vitamin E 6.7 %

Calcium 2.5 %

Copper 4.0 %

Folate 0.8 %

Iron 2.4 %

Magnesium 5.0 %

Manganese 4.0 %

Niacin 0.5 %

Pantothenic Acid 0.2 %

Phosphorus 1.4 %

Riboflavin 0.4 %

Selenium 0.2 %

Thiamin 1.3 %

Zinc 1.0 %



stay happy and healthy!