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Autumn Blackberry Bliss Balls

Anti-oxidant power of the most delectable nature!

There are no words to describe the fascinating and deeply gratifying taste of these bliss balls or the extent of the benefits we get by devouring them!

This is one treasure of a recipe, an inspired creation by our very own Cacao Practitioner Advocate and Cacao Van co-pilot, Verity Stevens. 

An inspiration no doubt facilitated by the creativity-inducing phylathelynamine (PEA) in Keith's Cacao (you can read more about PEA in Cacao in our blog post Cacao Benefits: 5 Reasons to Start Drinking Ceremonial Cacao Today), this recipe combines the two most potent and delicious anti-oxidants on the planet! 

Berries, from strawberries and blackberries to cranberries and blueberries, are particularly potent in anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. And though it is blueberries that are known as anti-oxidant powerhouses, the often overlooked blackberries are one of the highest-scoring foods in the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC). This is a test that determines a food's anti-oxidant capacity. Blackberries score an impressive ORAC score of 5,905 compared to strawberries (4,302), blueberries (4,669), and red raspberries (5,065).1

But the powers of the juicy blackberry don't end there. Blackberries are anticarcinogenic. They contain high levels of the arterial plague-preventing vitamin K, are a superfood for brain health, protect the body from chronic inflammation, and are an impressive antibacterial. 

And blackberries are only one of the magical ingredients of this amazing recipe. The other, of course, is Keith's Cacao!

A superfood in its own merit, Keith's Ceremonial Grade Cacao is also purposely and lovingly created to maintain this plant medicine's active compounds and neurotransmitters. 

This intention and the integrity behind every step of its making, from harvest to cup to heart, is what makes Keith's Cacao the finest Ceremonial grade Cacao in the world. Every cup carries the energy and pure connection to the Spirit of Mama Cacao. 

Need another reason to make these truly bliss-giving Keith's Cacao and blackberry balls? They taste absolutely divine!

Cacao Blackberry Bliss Balls

An Autumn inspired Cacao Bliss Ball recipe infused with cinnamon, ginger, clove, and coated in chopped almonds

Servings: 8 pieces

Keywords: Cacao, Blackberries, Spices, Bliss Balls

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins




  • 2 oz finely ground Keith's Cacao Paste
  • 2 oz soaked, pitted dates
  • 1 oz crushed blackberries
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground clove
  • 8 small, fresh blackberries
  • a handful of crushed or powdered almonds for coating


  1. Soak the dates in warm water overnight.
  2. Marinate the blackberries overnight with ginger, cloves and cinnamon.
  3. Shave the Cacao and measure the honey.
  4. Blend up the soaked dates to a smooth paste.
  5. Warm the blackberries in a pan but do not boil.
  6. Turn off the heat and add the Cacao. Stir thoroughly to melt and blend with the blackberries into a smooth paste.
  7. Stir in the honey and blended dates and mix thoroughly.
  8. Select small blackberries and chop the almonds for coating.
  9. Take a teaspoon of the mixture. Roll into a ball. Coat the ball with the chopped or powdered almond and top with a small blackberry.


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