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Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No Bake Energy Balls (Reishi & Chaga)

Boost your immunity with these antioxidant rich Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No Bake Energy Balls, and learn the amazing health benefits of reishi and chaga mushrooms!

Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No-Bake Energy Balls

Mushrooms are all the rage right now. I’ve been seeing mushroom coffee and various supplements popping up everywhere, and at first I thought that it was just a food trend that was bound to go away soon. That was until I tried it out myself, and was amazed at the difference I felt in my energy and health!

I’ve been drinking it in tea form for over a week now, and I’ve been gradually sleeping better and feeling better, and it’s become part of my daily self care routine that I really really enjoy.

Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No Bake Energy Balls Recipe

While I love the taste of these antioxidant rich mushrooms in tea form, I totally get it if you are not into the medicinal, slightly bitter flavor. I grew up taking traditional herbs from acupuncturists so I’m used to this kind of taste, but if you are not, these Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No Bake Energy Balls are the perfect way to incorporate this superfood into your diet.

These paleo no-bake energy balls are only sweetened with medjool dates, and combined with pecans, cacao powder, shredded coconut, and all healthy, real-food ingredients. I also like to add a scoop of grass-fed collagen for an extra boost of nutrients and protein. It’s so chocolatey and delicious, and you won’t taste the mushrooms at all!

Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No-Bake Energy Balls
Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No-Bake Energy Balls

Reishi vs Chaga

Reishi and chaga are 2 of the most popular superfood mushrooms that I use in this recipe, with amazing health benefits. Both of these have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years for boosting immune health, promoting longevity, and while increasing the body’s resistance to environmental toxins and stress.

Reishi

Among the two, reishi helps you sleep better, reduces stress level, and even improves symptoms of seasonal allergies and asthma. It’s also known for improving your hormonal health, which is constantly at a risk of being in imbalance with the amount of toxins we are exposed to in the modern world.

I really like taking reishi at night before bed, and I’ve been sleeping noticeably better; much longer and deeper. As someone who has never been a great sleeper, this alone make it a lifesaver in my book. I also think it’s been helping with my nasal congestion during pregnancy, which I’m so thankful for!

Chaga

Chaga is rich source of antioxidants and boosts your immune system like no other by increasing the production of white blood cells! It’s also known to lower inflammation in the body and improve cognitive function by providing calm energy.

I like my matcha latte in the morning, so I take my chaga tea in the afternoon when my brain tends to slow down a bit. It really has been helping a lot with keeping me focused throughout the end of my work day without any caffeine. I’m actually quite sensitive to caffeine after 12pm, so this is the perfect way for me to get my energy up while also helping me relax enough to fall asleep at a proper time at night.

However, the full benefits of Reishi and Chaga can’t be unlocked unless they’re combined with complementary plants.

This is why how you enjoy these two superfoods and their formula actually matter. After looking at various products on the market (there are SO many these days!), I chose Pique Tea’s Mushroom Elixirs to get my daily dose of these medicinal mushrooms. There’s a reason why these elixirs work so well: they have actually designed their tea to maximize their bioavailability and potency.

TCM Mushroom Elixirs

Each of their chaga and reishi teas are combined with other beneficial herbs to boost their health properties so you can absorb all the immune boosting nutrients that your body can take advantage of:

Chaga Energy Elixir

  • Organic wild-harvested chaga: Immune, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral support. Improves brain function and increases energy. Revitalizes the spirit.
  • Organic burdock root: Boost energy and support detoxification, including elimination of heavy metals.
  • Organic N.American ginseng: Boost energy, strength and stamina and enhance brain function.

Reishi Calm Elixir

  • Organic reishi: For immune, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral support. Mood regulation and stress reduction. Replenishes the spirit.
  • Organic jujube date: Replenishes energy, circulation, Qi in blood.
  • Organic goji berry: Combat stress and fatigue. Support eye health.
  • Organic monk fruit: Promote respiratory health and sweeten without raising blood glucose levels.

If you want to try them out yourself, make sure to check them out in the following link. If you don’t like it or if you don’t feel the beneficial health effects, you can return the unused carton for a full refund and free shipping!

Try Pique Tea TCM Mushroom Elixirs

To enjoy, all you have to do is add hot water to each of these elixirs and the tea crystals will dissolve right away. If you want to drink them cold, I add hot water to dissolve the tea first, and then top it with ice after. You can even add a sweetener or your favorite dairy free milk as well.

However, if you just can’t get used to the taste or if you want to enjoy it in a delicious snack/dessert form, these Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No Bake Energy Balls are seriously the tastiest way to enjoy them, without being able to taste the mushroom flavor at all!

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Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No Bake Energy Balls (Reishi & Chaga)

Boost your immunity with these antioxidant rich Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No Bake Energy Balls, and learn the amazing health benefits of reishi and chaga mushrooms!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chilling time 15 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 15 energy balls
Calories 96kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until crumbly and sticky. You should be able to pinch the mixture into a dough with your fingers.
  • Transfer to a bowl and mix well so all the ingredients are well dispersed. 
  • Use your hands to form into 15 even balls.
  • Refrigerate or freeze for 15 minutes until they firm up. 
  • Optional: you can roll the balls in cacao powder or shredded coconut before enjoying. 
  • Enjoy right away, or you can refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a week or freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutrition

Serving: 1energy ball (makes 15) | Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 0.4% | Vitamin C: 0.1% | Calcium: 1.3% | Iron: 2.9%
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Paleo Cauliflower Gnocchi with Spinach and Mushrooms

This creamy paleo cauliflower gnocchi with spinach and mushrooms are so decadent and delicious, and easy to make! It’s a beautiful and rich meatless dish that everyone will love.

Paleo Cauliflower Gnocchi with Spinach and Mushrooms

With Spring just around the corner, I don’t want to give up on my rich and creamy dishes just yet. Thankfully, this paleo cauliflower gnocchi recipe is yummy and warming enough to be comforting, while tasting light enough for transitioning to warmer weather!

Paleo Cauliflower Gnocchi with Spinach and Mushrooms Recipe

I love a good gnocchi dish. There’s something about those soft and pillowy bites covered in a delicious sauce that bring me so much joy! These gnocchi are made with steamed cauliflower, making it a lower carb option, and they are grain free and paleo because they are made with cassava flour and coconut flour. However, you’ll never guess by the amazing taste and texture.

The combination of the paleo cauliflower gnocchi with cooked down mushrooms and spinach covered in a flavorful, creamy sauce is just heaven in one bite. With a beautiful melding of spices, garlic, and the cheesiness from nutritional yeast, it’s a dish you’ll want to make over and over again whether you are just with your family or have guests over!

Paleo Cauliflower Gnocchi with Spinach and Mushrooms
Paleo Cauliflower Gnocchi with Spinach and Mushrooms

Best Way to Enjoy These Paleo Cauliflower Gnocchi

This dish will taste the best served right after it’s cooked, hot and steaming. It’s filling enough to eat alone, but if you like some kind of protein at every meal, you can eat it alongside some roasted chicken or even stir in some cooked ground beef or sausages!

If you do have leftovers, I find that the best way to heat it up again is in a pan over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until just heated through. Make sure not to reheat it for much longer than that, or the gnocchi will turn mushy!

Hope you enjoy this delicious paleo cauliflower gnocchi with spinach and mushrooms. It’s so delicious that it’s become one of my favorite recipes. I actually have another gnocchi recipe using avocado pesto as the sauce, so if you try out both, let me know which one you like more!

Paleo Cauliflower Gnocchi with Spinach and Mushrooms
Paleo Cauliflower Gnocchi with Spinach and Mushrooms
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Paleo Cauliflower Gnocchi with Spinach and Mushrooms

This creamy paleo cauliflower gnocchi with spinach and mushrooms is so decadent and delicious, and so easy to make! It’s a beautiful and rich meatless dish that everyone will love. 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 26 minutes
Dough resting time 15 minutes
Total Time 46 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 355kcal

Ingredients

Cauliflower Gnocchi

Sauce

Instructions

Cauliflower Gnocchi

  • Place a steamer insert into a large saucepan and pour in water to just below the bottom of the steamer.
  • Turn the heat to medium high and bring the water to a boil.
  • Bring down the heat to medium low to simmer, then add cauliflower florets, cover, and steam until tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the cauliflower from the pot and transfer to a food processor. Blend until smooth.
  • Add cassava flour, coconut flour, egg, and sea salt, and pulse until combined and forms a dough.
  • Place the dough in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • If dough is too sticky, add cassava flour 1 tbsp at a time while kneading until it reaches the right consistency.
  • Sprinkle some cassava flour on a large cutting board or a clean countertop.
  • Roll your dough into ropes about ½ to ¾ inch thick, then cut the ropes into pieces that are about 1 inch long. If you’d like, use a fork to create indents on the gnocchi.
  • Store half of the gnocchi in an airtight container in the refrigerator or the freezer, and save it for lagter. Use the other half for the this recipe. 

Sauce

  • In a deep dish pan, heat avocado oil over medium high heat.
  • Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes, until browned and translucent.
  • Add the mushrooms, garlic, thyme, and dried oregano, and cook stirring for 5 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, and cauliflower gnocchi.
  • Wait until everything starts boiling, then turn down the heat to medium low. Cover, and let it simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in nutritional yeast, spinach, salt, and pepper, then cover and simmer for 3 more minutes. 
  • Stir well and taste to adjust seasoning. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 522mg | Potassium: 928mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 56.9% | Vitamin C: 57.7% | Calcium: 10.1% | Iron: 21.4%
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